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Regional Steering Group on Natural Hazards and Risk meets in Singapore

The ICSU ROAP Steering Group on Natural Hazards and Risk (SGNHR) holds its fourth meeting in Singapore
Regional Steering Group on Natural Hazards and Risk meets in Singapore

Steering Group members present at the meeting

The Steering Group on Natural Hazards and Risk (SGNHR) of ICSU ROAP met in Singapore on 3 August 2015. This Steering Group was established to promote the scientific study of natural hazards and risk for the sustainability and human resilience in the region. The meeting was held in conjunction with the 12th Annual Conference of the Asia Oceania Geosciences Society (AOGS). The SGNHR acknowledged the support of AOGS for this 4th meeting by providing the meeting venue and complementary registrations to the 12th Annual Conference for its members . The meeting discussed on how to increase the Group’s participation and visibility, research, funding possibilities and grant applications, recruitment of new members into the Steering Group and also on the recent developments in the insurance / reinsurance industry, and the progress with enhancing industry ties. The members also had the opportunity to participate in AOGS conference and activities.

Workshop on co-design and co-production for early career researchers

Opportunity for early career scientists to explore methods in research co-design

The International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme (IGBP) and the Future Earth Secretariat will hold a workshop for early career researchers around the American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall meeting in December 2015. The workshop will provide an overview of recent understanding of the earth system through the IGBP lens and insights from other GEC programmes; evaluate how this has led to the Future Earth agenda; assess how society is challenged by current and projected changes; and explore methods to co-design research and development approaches to meet end user and stakeholder needs. You can obtain full details of the workshop from this link http://www.futureearth.org/news/workshop-early-career-researchers-co-design-and-co-production .

Call for Nominations: Regional Advisory Committee for Future Earth in Asia

The Regional Centre for Future Earth in Asia is calling for nominations for members of the Regional Advisory Committee (RAC) for Future Earth in Asia. Deadline: 31 August 2015
Call for Nominations: Regional Advisory Committee for Future Earth in Asia

Call for nominations

Future Earth is now developing an organizational structure that includes National Committees, Regional Committees and Regional Centres. The role of Regional Committees is to be an effective advocate for Future Earth in their regions and to be an effective advocate for regional interests in the global Future Earth platform. For more information about this call please visit http://www.chikyu.ac.jp/future_earth/index_eng.html

Biologically-Driven Ocean Carbon Pumps

The 1st Gordon Research Conference (GRC) on Ocean Biogeochemistry will be held at the Chinese University of Hong Kong
Biologically-Driven Ocean Carbon Pumps

Conference details

The 1st Gordon Research Conference (GRC) on Ocean Biogeochemistry will be held at the Chinese University of Hong Kong on 12-17 June 2016. The topic of this first conference will be The Biologically-Driven Ocean Carbon Pumps.

Interested researchers, postdoctoral fellows and graduate students are invited to apply for participation as soon as possible on the GRC website (Online Application)

http://www.grc.org/programs.aspx?id=17297


Workshop on Ocean Science and Technology

Second CHINA-ASEAN Workshop on Ocean Science and Technology will be held in Hangzhou in August 2015

The Second China-Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Workshop on Ocean Science and Technology will take place from August 10 to 16 2015, in Hangzhou, China.  The Workshop is co-organized and co-hosted by Zhejiang University and the Second Institute of Oceanography (SOA) of China.  The theme of the Workshop is Science and Technology for a Blue Economy and Healthy Oceans.

The 8 topics that will be discussed are as follows:

  • Developing mode and key technologies for a Blue Economy
  • Protection and remediation of the marine environment and ecosystem
  • Marine disaster prevention and mitigation
  • Comprehensive management and utilization of marine and coastal resources
  • Information silk road and cross-border internet commerce
  • Advanced designing and manufacturing for small and middle sized ships
  • Marine education and talent training
  • Sustainable development of islands

The Workshop is highly relevant to the scope of work of SIMSEA, the new research programme under development in Asia that proposes to adopt a multidisciplinary co-design and co-production of research as suggested in the research framework of Future Earth, the new international platform for  research on global sustainability. The majority of topics for the workshop would benefit from regional and multi-disciplinary research toward sustainable development and transformations toward sustainability especially in the large marine ecosystems surrounded by Southeast Asian countries. SIMSEA will be represented at the workshop by its Programme Executive Dr Annadel Cabanban.

More details may be obtained directly from the coordinators of the workshop listed below:

Dr. Prof. Ying YE: 0571-88208825 (O), 15306530297 (M) gsyeying@zju.edu.cn; yeying.zju@qq.com

Dr. Yanan DI: 0571-88208540 (O), 18767108001 (M) diyn@zju.edu.cn

Mr. Jingsheng ZHU: 0571-88206576 (O), 18757586699 (M) zhujingsheng@zju.edu.cn

4th International Workshop on Psychological Intervention After Disasters

The 4th International Workshop on Psychological Intervention After Disasters will be conducted in Taipei on 9-12 November 2015
4th International Workshop on Psychological Intervention After Disasters

3rd PIAD Workshop 2014

The International Union of Psychological Science (IUPsyS), the Integrated Research on Disaster Risk International Centre of Excellence (IRDR-ICoE) located in Taipei, the Centre for Applied Developmental Science (CADS), University of Jena, and ICSU Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (ICSU ROAP) togetner with partners the Jacobs Foundation, Chinese Psychological Society (CPS) and the United Nations University International Institute for Global Health (UNU-IIGH), will organise the 4th International Workshop on Psychological Intervention After Disasters in Taipei on 9-12 November 2015. The 4-day workshop aims to:

  • present participants with the most recent scientific and applied scientific evidence and knowledge relevant for psychological intervention after disasters;
  • show the constraints and opportunities of working with particular target groups, such as children and adolescents;
  • provide knowledge for future inclusion in academic programs of psychology; and
  • help develop a regional network to support continuance in scientific research and training in mental health support following disasters.

It will use existing IUPsyS experience and its access to international scientific and applied expertise on resilience in the face of stressful and traumatic events to help researchers, educators and practitioners in the Asia and the Pacific increase their understanding of and ability to respond to the mental health consequences of disasters.in the Asia-Pacific region. It is intended for

  • Researchers, educators, and practitioners from across the entire Asia-Pacific region, who have an academic background, primarily in psychology and affiliated fields, and who are interested and experienced in work on disasters;
  • Psychologists who work with particular target groups, such as children and adolescents;
  • Young and early career scientists from Asian-Pacific countries.

If you are interested in applying to attend the workshop please see full details of the workshop and how to apply from the documents accessible from the links given  below.

Announcement: 4th International Workshop on Psychological Intervention After Disasters

Application form

STS Forum meets in Kuala Lumpur

STS Forum holds the ASEAN-Japan Workshop for Innovation, Science and Technology Cooperation in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia
STS Forum meets in Kuala Lumpur

STS Chairman Koji Omi making a point during a table discussion session

The Science and Technology in Society forum (in brief STS forum http://www.stsforum.org/?lang=en) held the ASEAN-Japan Workshop for Innovation, Science and Technology Cooperation in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia on 11 June 2015. This is only the second time the forum has organized a meeting outside Japan. The first was in Singapore last year. STS fora are annual events held in Kyoto, in the month of October. It provides a mechanism for high-level open discussion to build concensus and networks to resolve issues arising from the use and application of science and technology around the world. The forum in Kuala Lumpur was officiated by the Deputy Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation of Malaysia, Datuk Dr Abu Bakar Md Diah. The forum was divided into two workshop sessions that consisted of plenary presentations and group discussions. The first workshop session discussed what was required for an innovative Asia and how cooperation between ASEAN and Japan can facilitate further development of innovation in the region. The second session examined how youth and women can be further empowered through innovation, science and technology. Details of the forum may be downloaded from the links below.

PROGRAMME: STS ASEAN-Japan Workshop on Innovation, Science and Technology Cooperation

STATEMENT: ASEAN-Japan Workshop for Innovation, Science & Technology Cooperation (Released 23 June 2015)

 

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Draft Synthesis of Session on Urban Health and Wellbeing at UGEC 2 now available

Session 20 - Urban Health and GEC: Interdisciplinary Perspectives
Draft Synthesis of Session on Urban Health and Wellbeing at UGEC 2 now available

ROAP Regional Science Committee on Urban Health and Wellbeing at UGEC-2 with Dr Barry Newell

The draft synthesis of the presentations made by members of the Urban Health and Wellbeing Regional Science Committee of ROAP at the 2nd International Conference on Urbanization and Global Environmental Change held in November 2014 in Taipei is now available.   One of the most important components of this Conference was its focus on synthesis. As this work is important for the further development of the system approach to research in urban health and wellbeing, the draft is published here for the information of urban health and wellbeing researchers worldwide. You can download the draft synthesis from the link below.

Draft synthesis session on urban health and wellbeing UGEC-2

Psychology: Building Individual and Organizational Capacity in the Asia-Pacific Region

4th International Workshop on Psychological Intervention After Disasters

The International Union of Psychological Science (IUPsyS) and its partners the programme on Integrated Research on Disaster Risk, International Centre of Excellence (IRDR-ICoE) located in Taipei, the Center for Applied Developmental Science (CADS) of the University of Jena, and ICSU Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (ICSU ROAP) will be organizing the 4th International Workshop on Psychological Intervention After Disasters (PIAD) on November 9 - 12 at the IRDR-ICoE located in Taipei. The Workshop is also supported by the Jacobs Foundation, the Chinese Psychological Society (CPS), and the United Nations University International Institute for Global Health (UNU-IIGH). It will

  • present participants with the most recent scientific and applied scientific evidence and knowledge relevant for psychological intervention after disasters;
  • show the constraints and opportunities of working with particular target groups, such as children and adolescents;
  • develop relevant knowledge provision, education and training in academic programs of psychology.

It is also expected to further the longer-term plans in the region to establish a regional network and infrastructure for advanced studies in psychological intervention after disasters.

The Workshop is intended for for::

  • Young and early career scientists in psychological science in Asia-Pacific countries;
  • Researchers, educators, and practitioners from across the entire Asia-Pacific region, who have an academic background, primarily in psychological science, and who are interested or experienced in work on disasters; and
  • Psychologists who work with particular target groups, such as children and adolescents, in the Asia-Pacific region

More information about the Workshop and the report of the workshop held in 2014 are available from the following links:

1st announcement PIAD 2015

http://www.icsu.org/asia-pacific/news-centre/news/copy_of_IUPsyS_PIAD_2014_Report.pdf

REGIONAL NETWORKING – Science Council of Asia holds its 15th Annual Conference in Siem Reap, Cambodia

The Science Council of Asia (SCA) will hold its 15th Annual Conference at the Angkor Paradise Hotel, in Seam Reap, Cambodia, on 15 and 16 May 2015.

The Science Councilof Asia (SCA http://www.scj.go.jp/en/sca/) will hold its 15th Annual Conference at the Angkor Paradise Hotel,  in Seam Reap, Cambodia, on 15 and 16 May 2015. The Conference, organised by the Ministry of Youth and Sports (MOEYS), Science Council of Asia and the Royal Academy of Cambodia (RAC) is hosted by the Institute of Technology  of Cambodia (ITC). It is co-sponsored by the Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts of Cambodia, Science Council of Japan, and the Architectural Institute of Japan (AIJ). The SCA Annual Conference will as usual, bring together scientists, decision makers and representatives from state agencies,  experts on innovation from universities, research and development centres, technology transfer centers, start-up centres, and practitioners (SMEs, business incubators and business support organizations) to discuss and exchange knowledge and information on the theme of this year’s Conference, “Science and Technology Contributions to Culture”. Other than four keynote papers, a total of 60 scientific papers will be presented during the two days of the Conference. The full programme of the Conference may be downloaded from the link given below

Programme of the 15th Science Council of Asia Conference

SIMSEA brochure

The sustainability initiative in the marginal seas of South and East Asia publishes its brochure
SIMSEA brochure

SIMSEA brochure

The sustainability initiative in the marginal seas of South and East Asia (SIMSEA) is a programme developed in Asia to meet the needs for transformative change towards global sustainability in Asia and the Pacific. Its objectives are:

  • To co-design an integrative programme that would establish pathways to sustainability of the Marginal Seas of South and East Asia;and
  • To play a catalytic role, among proj ects and programmes, facilitate cooperation, and close gaps in science for the benefit of societies

Programme development was initiated by the Regional Office and its partners the Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC) and the Marine Science Institute of the University of the Philippines, Diliman. SIMSEA will promote the development of an international alliance of scientists working together to generate policy-  and community-relevant knowledge towards sustainability of the marginal seas of South and East Asia. More information about the programme may be obtained from the link to the SIMSEA brochure given below.

SIMSEA brochure

ICSU ROAP Annual Report 2014

The ICSU Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific publishes its annual report for 2014

The ICSU Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (ROAP) recently published its annual report for the year 2014. The report documents the activities of ROAP highlighting key activities in its priority areas of work in health and wellbeing in the changing urban environment, hazards and disasters, and sustainable energy. The report also details the contributions made by ROAP towards the development of the new international platform for research on global sustainability called Future Earth, in Asia and the Pacific. Of particular significance is the primary role that ROAP played in the development of a new programme in Asia known as the Sustainability Initiative in the Marginal Seas of South and East Asia (SIMSEA). The Chair of the ICSU Regional Committee for Asia and the Pacific who rotated out at the end of 2014 thanked all members and supporters of ICSU ROAP for their enthusiasm and excellent contributions to the work of ROAP. A copy of the annual report may be downloaded from the link provided below.

ICSU ROAP 2014 Annual Report

Planning group on psychological intervention after disasters meets in Taipei

The planning group of the 4th regional capacity building workshop on psychological intervention after disasters (PIAD) meets in Taipei to plan 2015 workshop
Planning group on psychological intervention after disasters meets in Taipei

PIAD 2015 Planning Group

The planning group of the 4th regional capacity building workshop on psychological intervention after disasters (PIAD) that will be held in November 2015 met in Taipei (28 and 29 April 2015) to prepare plans for the implementation of the workshop in 2015. The meeting was hosted by the Integrated Research on Disaster Risk - International Center of Excellence (IRDR-ICoE) Academia Sinica, Taipei. PIAD is an activity led by the International Union of Psychological Sciences (IUPsyS). Academia Sinica will be the main sponsor and host of the workshop in 2015.

As in previous years, the workshop will:

  • present participants with the most recent scientific and applied scientific knowledge and evidence relevant for psychological intervention after disasters;
  • show the opportunities and constraints of working with particular target groups, such as children and adolescents;
  • offer relevant knowledge provision, suitable for education and training in academic programs of psychology;
  • help develop a regional network to support continuance in scientific knowledge dissemination and training in mental health support following disaster.

The 1st announcement of the workshop will be issued in May 2015.

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19th meeting ICSU Regional Committee for Asia and the Pacific

The ICSU Regional Committee for Asia and the Pacific holds its 19th meeting in Kuala Lumpur
19th meeting ICSU Regional Committee for Asia and the Pacific

Members of RCAP at its19th Meeting in Kuala Lumpur

The 19th meeting of the ICSU Regional Committee for Asia and the Pacific (ICSU RCAP) in Kuala Lumpur concluded today (24 April 2015) after a very productive meeting attended by all members of the Committee. This included attendance for the first time by two new members: Aswatini Raharto of Indonesia, and Jung-Hye Roe of Korea. The new ICSU Executive Director Heide Hackmann who is Ex-Officio member of the RCAP also attended the meeting. Details of their backgrounds may be found at http://www.icsu.org/asia-pacific/about-icsu-roap/structure/regional-committee/?icsudocid=current-members. Professor Lourdes Cruz of the Philippines chaired the meeting of the Committee for the first time since election as Chair after the end of the period of appointment of the former chair, Dr Hongkum Lee of South Korea. Heide who joined ICSU at the beginning of March this year, enlightened the meeting with candid and frank exchanges with the members of the Committee who were most appreciative of the opportunity to interact with her. The Committee wished her every success in her role as Executive Director of ICSU.

18th Pacific-Asian Marginal Seas (PAMS) Meeting in Naha, Okinawa

The 18th Pacific Asian Marginal Seas (PAMS) meeting will be held in Okinawa on April 21-23, 2015

The 18th Pacific Asian Marginal Seas (PAMS) meeting will be held in Okinawa on April 21-23, 2015, at the Naha City Bunka Tenbusu Center. It is organized by the Research Institute of Applied Mechanics, Kyushu University and University of the Ryukyus. The Pacific−Asian Marginal Seas comprise the marginal sea chain of the North-Western Pacific including the South and East China Seas, or the Seas of Japan or Okhotsk. This meeting was originally named as JECSS (Japan and East China Seas Study) started in 1981 as a small forum whose interests concern the Japan Sea (or East Sea) and the East China Sea exclusively. The meeting aims to bring all global professionals to exchange ideas and experiences related to this regional oceanography in the 18th PAMS meeting. The full programme of the meeting is available from the link given below.

https://global.riam.kyushu-u.ac.jp/pams/program/#S7

Third InterRidge Theoretical Institute September 2015

The InterRidge Steering Committee is calling for contribution/participation to the Third InterRidge Theoretical Institute

The InterRidge Steering Committee is calling for contribution/participation to the Third InterRidge Theoretical Institute on "Magmatic and Tectonic Processes and Seabed Resources at Mid-Ocean Ridges".The Institute will be organized by InterRidge will take place in Hangzhou, China on September 25-27, 2015. The theoretical Third Decadal Plan (www.interridge.org) and the following co-conveners will lead the scientific programs of the theoretical institute.

Theme One: Magmatic and Tectonic Processes

Dr. Jian Lin (WHOI, USA), Co-Conveners

Dr. Marcia Maia (CNRS, France), Co-Conveners

Dr. Nobukazu Seama (Kobe University, Japan), Co-Conveners

Theme Two: Seabed Resources

Dr. Jiabiao Li (China), Co-Conveners

Dr. Sergei Silantyev (Russia), Co-Conveners

Dr. Jerome Dyment or Pascal Tarits (France), Co-Conveners

Travel funds will be provided by InterRidge for inviting international key-note speakers. The InterRidge office will begin to accept abstract submission from 1 May 2015 and the deadline for submitting title/abstract is July 2015. Pre-registrations will open in August 15, 2015..

For more information please visit the following webpage:

Webpage: http://www.interridge.org/TheoreticalInstitute.

Should you have any questions, please send email to coordinator@interridge.org.

Call for proposals: Mountains as sentinels of change

Belmont Forum International Opportunities Fund, Call for Proposals on Mountains as Sentinels of Change

The Belmont Forum (www.igfagcr.org) has issued a call for funding of research to enhance understanding of mountain ecosystems and related ecosystem services. The Forum seeks to deliver knowledge needed for action to mitigate and adapt to detrimental environmental change and extreme hazardous events. According to the call, the mountain regions of the world have global societal relevance and it is necessary to quantify the ongoing and expected changes in mountain environments, with special emphasis on the water cycle, ecosystems and biodiversity. A global network of mountain research and monitoring stations needs to be developed in order to identify common problems as well as regional issues that should be addressed. It is also necessary to implement a modelling framework in order to develop climate, societal and environmental change scenarios specifically designed for mountain regions. Information about the call may be obtained from the link below. Additional information may also be obtained from the following website of Future Earth http://www.futureearth.org/news/mountains-sentinels-change-call-funding-pre-proposals-now-open.

Belmont Forum Collaborative Research Action on “Mountains as Sentinels of Change”

Psychological Intervention After Disasters (PIAD)

Report of PIAD workshop in Mianyang, China now available
Psychological Intervention After Disasters (PIAD)

Wenchuan earthquake information

The final report of the IUPsyS-led capacity building workshop on psychological intervention after disasters that was held in Mianyang China in December 2014 is now published on the IUPsyS website. It is also available for download from the link given below. The workshop was mainly sponsored by the Jacobs Foundation, with additional support from the Chinese Association for Science and Technology (CAST) through the Chinese Psychological Society (CPS), the International Council for Science Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (ICSU ROAP), the United Nations University International Institute for Global Health (UNU-IIGH), the International Centre of Excellence on Integrated Research on Disaster Risk (IRDR-ICoE) of the Academy of Sciences located in TaIpei and the Center for Applied Developmental Science (CADS) of the Friedrich Schiller University of Jena, Germany. A total of 22 early career researchers from Asia and the Pacific participated in the workshop.

Report: IUPsyS capacity building workshop on psychological intervention after disasters in Asia-Pacific

Our deepest condolences

The ICSU-ROAP office offer their deepest condolences to the Ni-Vanuatu

The ICSU-ROAP office offer their deepest condolences to the Ni-Vanuatu (people of Vanuatu) in the aftermath of the recent devastation brought about by Tropical Cyclone Pam, especially to the communities in the southern islands who were hardest hit.  The ICSU-ROAP Steering Group on Natural Hazards is determined to continue striving towards its long-term goal of raising greater international awareness of the special vulnerability of small islands in the Pacific region to the threats of natural hazards, in order that meaningful disaster risk reduction can be better achieved for the future survival, sustainability and well-being of all island inhabitants.

ICSU ROAP Science Plan on Special Vulnerability of Islands

Urban Health and Wellbeing Regional Science Committee meets in KL

ROAP Regional Science Committee on Urban Health and Wellbeing meets in Kuala Lumpur
Urban Health and Wellbeing Regional Science Committee meets in KL

Meeting participants pose for a photograph at the UNU IIGH office

The ICSU  ROAP Regional Science Committee on Urban Health and Wellbeing met in Kuala Lumpur on 6 March 2015 to review the progress of its work on urban health and wellbeing, and plan for the future direction of the programme. The programme has two final regional pilot projects that are ready for funding - Planning Green Transportation for Better Urban Health under Climate Change from Chinese – Taipei and The Threat of Urban Development in a Thai Farming Community: A Systems Approach from Thailand. A third pilot project also on air pollution and urban health is being developed for Xiamen city in China. Dr Franz Gatzweiler, Executive Director of the newly established ICSU International Programme Office (IPO) on Urban Health and Well-Being based at the Institute for Urban Environment of the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Xiamen, also attended the meeting. The Committee will continue to assist the pilot project teams to secure funding for their research by working together with the IPO. It will also continue strengthening the knowledge base and building capacities in the interdisciplinary and integrated systems approach to research on health and wellbeing. The meeting was hosted by the UNU International Institute for Global Health.

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