The ROAP team in discussion with participants from the Europe-African Network of Urban Health after their presentation
An abstract of a paper that integrates all the presentations made by the team working on urban health and wellbeing under the auspices of the Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (ROAP) at the International Symposium "Urban Dynamics and Health: Concepts, Methods and Interventions" has been submitted for publication to the organizers of the Symposium. Entitled Urban Health Dynamics in the Asia-Pacific Region: Meeting the Challenge of Taking a Systems Approach the presentations by the ROAP team outlined the key issues and concerns for the future health and wellbeing of urban dwellers in the region. The Symposium was organized by the University of Paris Ouest, Nanterre Defense, France (https://www.etouches.com/eselect/46334).
ICSU ROAP began the process of implementing its science plan on health and wellbeing in the changing urban environment (http://www.icsu.org/asia-pacific/publications/science-planning-reports/science-plan-on-health-and-wellbeing-in-the-changing-urban-environment-1/2.pdf) in 2012. A number of pilot projects have been initiated, each of which aims to investigate the challenges and benefits of taking a systems approach to population health in a major city in the region. Other than the regional plan, the work is also guided by the newly established ICSU programme on urban health and wellbeing in the changing urban environment (http://www.icsu.org/publications/reports-and-reviews/health-and-wellbeing/).
The draft of the abstract submitted may be downloaded from the link provided below.
Urban Health Dynamics in the Asia-Pacific Region: Meeting the Challenge of Taking a Systems Approach
Global performance on the nine planetary boundaries with the “safe operating space” in green (Source: Swedish Environmental Protection Agency Report 6576)
Threshold conditions for tipping points of the earth systems provide a valuable starting point for defining the work needed to achieve global sustainability. Future Earth, the 10-year programme initiated by ICSU and its partners as a platform for research on global sustainability, describes the new sense of urgency and pressure to contribute to real-world solutions to issues threatening the sustainability of earth systems in the face of rapid and widespread human-induced environmental change. Biodiversity loss is one of the major determinants affecting global sustainability and current levels of losses worldwide has been deemed to have surpassed the safe operating space for humanity. The 3rd World Conference on Marine Diversity, a triennial event organized by the Institute of Oceanology, Chinese Academy of Sciences will be held in Qingdao, China on 12 - 16 October 2014. it aims to bring together researchers in marine biodiversity to debate diversity in the changing oceans.The deadline for session and symposia proposals is 31 December 2013. Abstracts of papers for oral presentations may now be submitted. A call for proposals to host the 4th World Conference in 2017 has also been made, More details may be found at the following URLs.
CALL FOR SESSIONS AND SYMPOSIA
CALL FOR PROPOSAL TO HOST 4TH WCMB
The Partnership for Observation of the Global Oceans (POGO) has announced the POGO-SCOR Visiting Fellowship programme for 2014. The deadline for applications is 10 January 2014. The scheme is designed to promote training and capacity building leading towards a global observation scheme for the oceans, and is aimed at scientists, technicians, graduate students (PhD) and post-doctoral fellows involved in oceanographic work at centres in developing countries and countries with economies in transition (e.g. Commonwealth of Independent States, Eastern Europe).
Priority is given to applicants in early stages of career development. The fellowship offers the opportunity to visit other oceanographic centres for a short period (1 to 3 months) for training on any aspect of oceanographic observations, analyses, and interpretation. It provides financial support to cover the return airfare from the fellow's home country to the host institution, and a contribution towards accommodation and subsistence for the period of the visit.
For more information and details on how to apply please see: http://ocean-partners.org/training-and-education/pogo-scor-fellowship
Please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any queries.
Regional Committee for Asia and the Pacific meets in Seoul back-to-back with the 5th ICSU Regional Consultation in Asia and the Pacific
Professor Sang-dai Park, President Korean Federation of Science and Technology Societies opening the Consultation
The 16th Meeting of the ICSU Regional Committee for Asia and the Pacific (RCAP) began in Seoul this morning (26 November 2013). It welcomed Professor Sukiman Sarmani the new representative from the Council of the Academy of Sciences Malaysia, the host organization of ICSU Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (ROAP).. The Committee met briefly to review progress of its work in four priority areas before adjourning to join the start of the 5th ICSU Regional Consultation in Asia and the Pacific that has as its focus the new 10-year international research programme, Future Earth. The Consultation will explore how Future Earth may be implemented in Asia and the Pacific focusing on transformative pathways, capacity building and funding needs. The final programme of the Consultation and presentations made will be published here as they become available.
Programme 5th ICSU Regional Consultation in Asia and the Pacific
PRESENTATIONS IN PLENARY
Presentation by Dr Hongkum Lee, Chair ICSU Regional Committee for Asia and the Pacific
Presentation by Anne-Sophie Stevens, Future Earth Interim Secretariat
Presentation by Nordin Hasan, ICSU Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific
Prsentation by Rorie Edmunds, World Data System International Programme Office
Presentation by Toshio Yamagata, Application Laboratory, JAMSTEC Japan
Presentation by John Bythell, University of the South Pacific
PRESENTATIONS BY PANEL
Presentation by Guoxiong Wu, Chinese Academy of Science
Presentation by Arthur Chen, IGBP Scientific Committee
BREAK-OUT GROUP DISCUSSION POINTS
Professor Takashi Watanabe, a Senior Advisor of the ICSU World Data System International Programme Office (IPO) based in Tokyo, Japan, visited the offices of ICSU ROAP today and gave a short presentation of its current activities. The WDS was established to:
- Enable universal and equitable access to quality-assured scientific data, data services, products and information
- Ensure long term data stewardship
- Foster compliance to agreed-upon data standards and conventions
- Provide mechanisms to facilitate and improve access to data and data products
Watanabe-san is on a two-day visit in Malaysia on a mission to learn about data oriented institutions in Malaysia and to expand the WDS community in the Asia-Pacific region. He will visit the Malaysian Centre for Geospatial Data Infrastructure (MaCGDI http://www.nre.gov.my/English/Profile/DivisionInformation/Pages/Malaysian%20Centre%20for%20Geospatial%20Data%20Infrastructure%20(MaCGDI).aspx) on 14 November for talks on the roles and functions of the WDS and to seek its membership of the WDS as a representative of Malaysia. The WDS was established to ensure the long-term stewardship and provision of quality-assessed data and data services to the international science community and other stakeholders. It is planning to create a “WDS Asian Net” inviting WDS-oriented institutions or research groups to post their activities to the international WDS community.
An ASEAN Science and Technology (S&T) Fellows Pilot Program has been announced. The programme aims to strengthen scientific and technical input into ASEAN Member States (AMS) strategic priorities by enabling ASEAN scientists to work directly with policymakers while also increasing science capacity in the region. The U.S. Mission to ASEAN (USASEAN) and the USAID Regional Development Mission for Asia (RDMA) will support S&T Fellows from ASEAN member states to work for one year in their government ministries and institutions in their home countries to:
- promote the use of the best available science to inform the national-level and ASEAN regional policymaking process;
- advance multilateral cooperation in Southeast Asia on science and technology;
- build institutional capacity within ASEAN and between ASEAN and the United States to study transboundary issues; and,
- deepen people-to-people interaction between ASEAN and American scientists.
Fellows can apply to work on one of the following issues for the Fellowship year: health, climate change, food security, early warning systems for disaster risk reduction, water management, and biodiversity. Work will focus on bridging the gap between scientific knowledge and the policymaking process and will consist of synthesizing scientific information for use by policymakers, liaising between government officials and the scientific community, and other activities that advance the use of science in addressing AMS and ASEAN priorities. Mentoring support will be provided by the programme.
The Fellows Program Information Package can be found below. It describes the program, application requirements, and eligibility information. It also provides a list of participating ministries and institutions, selection criteria, and timeline for submission of intended applications. The Fellows announcement will be open until January 6, 2014. The start date will be March 31, 2014. Application packages should be sent electronically to the USASEAN at USASEAN@state.gov . Questions from potential applicants or other interested parties should be directed to Dr. Montira Pongsiri, Science Advisor to USASEAN at PongsiriMJ@state.gov and USASEAN@state.gov .
The Asia-Pacific Network for Global Change Research (APN) has published a mission report of the Monsoon Asia Integrated Regional Study (MAIRS)-organised meeting to input into Future Earth and to develop a strategic science plan for a “Future Asia”. The meeting was hosted by the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, China. Representatives from APN, RIHN, ICSU-ROAP and key natural and social scientists in Asia attended the meeting. To date, there have been several Future Earth meetings and workshops in the region. Following the release of the Future Earth initial design report in April 2013, the present meeting was organised to discuss a MAIRS draft strategic plan for Future Earth in Asia, which will be announced at the MAIRS Open Science Conference (OSC) in Beijing in 2014. You can read about the workshop on the APN website (http://www.apn-gcr.org/) or download the full report of the meeting from the link provided below.
The Montreal Statement on Research Integrity in Cross-Boundary Research Collaborations has been published (http://www.wcri2013.org/Montreal_Statement_e.shtml). It provides guidance on the conduct of research collaborations between different institutions, disciplines, sectors, and countries. Such guidance is important as we develop research under the umbrella of Future Earth (http://www.icsu.org/future-earth), the new international research initiative on global sustainability. The statement builds on the Singapore Statement, issued after the 2nd World Conference, which was the first international effort to establish common principles and responsibilities for research integrity. Research across boundaries is indeed challenging when reward structures neither encourage multidisciplinary research nor reward collaborations, that enable research across disciplines, sectors and scales. The Statement outlines general responsibilities, and responsibilities in managing collaborations. The Statement draws attention to the fact that collaborating partners should take collective responsibility for the trustworthiness of the overall research and that the collaboration as a whole should have procedures in place for responding to allegations of misconduct or other irresponsible research practice by any of its members.
Montreal Statement on Research Integrity in Cross-boundary Research Collaborations
Singapore Statement on Research Integrity
The ICSU Regional Committee for Asia and the Pacific will hold its 16th Meeting in Seoul, Korea on 26 and 28 November 2012. In conjunction with the meeting, the Regional Office will organise the 5th ICSU Regional Consultation in Asia and the Pacific on 26 and 27 November at the same venue. Regional Consultations are held once in two years to provide ICSU National Members in the Region, Scientific Unions, Interdisciplinary Bodies, and Scientific Associates the opportunity to engage and contribute in the planning of the work of the Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (ROAP) in the next two years. The theme of the 5th Consultation is Future Earth in Asia and the Pacific. The development of research on global sustainability that is the central focus of Future Earth (http://www.icsu.org/future-earth) is anticipated to be the principal activity of ROAP in the next two years.
The Consultation aims to further enhance understanding of Future Earth particularly in relation to determining what is needed to promote on-the-ground transdisciplinary integrative research that can point the way towards the transformative pathways to global sustainability. It will explore the cross-cutting capabilities needed to support Future Earth research in Asia and the Pacific and the means of funding and implementation of a programme to enhance those capabilities. The Consultation also aims to explore opportunities and challenges in building a Future Earth research community in Asia and the Pacific, especially in the developing countries of the region.
The draft programme of the Consultation may be obtained from the link given below. All relevant interested parties are encouraged to participate in the Consultation. If you have not received information about this Consultation prior to this, please send enquiries to Ms Sharizad Dahlan, Senior Science Officer, ICSU ROAP at email@example.com / firstname.lastname@example.org.
A Young Scientists’ Conference on Integrated Research on Disaster Risk, Future Earth, and Sustainability will be held in Taipei from 22 to 24 October 2013. The Conference is sponsored by the Integrated Research on Disaster Risk (IRDR) International Centre of Excellence –Taipei and organized by the international secretariat of the global change capacity building programme System for Analysis, Research and Training (START). The Conference will provide an interdisciplinary platform for young scientists from Taiwan and Southeast Asia to present their research findings to one another and to leading scientists in the field. It is aimed to encourage excellence, reward performance, and foster development of personal and institutional research networks among young and early career scientists in the region. The Conference is hosted by the Center for Sustainability Science, Academia Sinica (http://www.cfss.sinica.edu.tw/about.html). More information about the Conference may be obtained from http://start.org/announcements/call-for-participants-young-scientists-conference-on-integrated-research-on-disaster-risk-future-earth-and-sustainability
The International Union of Psychological Science (IUPsyS) in partnership with the Chinese Psychological Society and ICSU Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific will organise an international workshop on psychological intervention after disasters in Beijing, China from10 to 14 October 2013. The 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;
- develop relevant knowledge provision, education and training in academic programs of psychology; and
- help develop a regional network to support continuance in scientific training in mental health support following disaster.
The overall long-term aim of the Workshop is to 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 Asia and the Pacific region to increase their understanding of, and ability to, respond to the mental health consequences of regional disasters. It is expected that this workshop will further the longer-term plans of IUPsyS and its partners towards meeting these aims, especially with regard to establishing a regional network of professionals with skills for psychological interventions after major disasters.
"Man and nature intricately linked..." Prof Zhang Qin, Secretary General of the Chinese Association of Science and Technology (CAST) opening the workshop.
The International Workshop on Future Earth in China began today (26 September 2013) in Beijing. It will discuss the research themes of Future Earth in general and review progress of global change studies in China especially with regard to climate change prediction, science-policy interface, biodiversity monitoring and informatics, and natural disaster management and mitigation. Urbanization and urban development will also be a focus of discussions, as will China’s strategy on energy for sustainable development. Of particular interest is the discussion at the Workshop on the topic of working with social scientists and policy makers. Future Earth aims to engage more fully with decision and policy-makers and involve more social and other scientists in the co-design of solutions oriented research that would contribute towards global sustainability. The President of ICSU will deliver a keynote speech that aims to provide an Asian perspective on sustainable development. The Director of the ICSU Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (ROAP) summarised the findings of the many national, regional and sub-regional Future Earth workshops held in Asia and the Pacific since the end of 2012.
ICSU Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (ROAP) held an informal discussion on Future Earth and related matters with Mr. Yoshiaki Kinoshita, the Director for Environmental Science and Technology, Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT), Government of Japan in Kuala Lumpur today (23 September 2013). Kinoshita-san was in Kuala Lumpur for the Asia Geospatial Forum that will be held from 24 to 26 September at the Putra World Trade Centre. MEXT is exploring ways of ensuring that the scientific community in Japan will be ready to adapt towards conducting solutions oriented research that is being promoted as the core approach of research related to the new 10-year ICSU-ISSC (and other partners) programme of research on global sustainability, Future Earth. Subsequent to the discussion, Kinoshita-san gave a seminar to the Academy of Sciences Malaysia (ASM) on MEXT's environmental sciences and energy research policy. ASM is the Malaysian host agency of ICSU ROAP.
The Asia-Pacific Network for Global Change Research (APN) today published the report of the Future Earth Regional Workshop for Asia and the Pacific that was held in Kuala Lumpur in November 2012 in the APN Science Bulletin Issue 3 Supplement. The APN part funded the workshop that was organised as a first step to provide a regional context to the conceptualization of Future Earth. It was part of a broader ICSU consultation process on Future Earth in the regions. The workshop was successful in building an understanding of Future Earth among participants, providing information on current initiatives and developing a common vision for Future Earth in the Asia-Pacific region. The key recommendations made at the workshop refer to the coordination and convergence of activities under Future Earth. These included the needed learning and capacity development initiatives, and elements of science-policy and stakeholder interfaces required to make Future Earth a success. The Asia-Pacific region has the capacity to drive the transition towards global sustainability under the Future Earth programme. Its scientific community is ready to make the change to support integrated research that can build new ways to engage developed and less developed countries and help ensure socially-inclusive and environmentally-sound development. National-level workshops have been held in Chinese Taipei, Sri Lanka, and Malaysia. An international workshop on Future Earth in China will be held next week (26‐27 September 2013) in Beijing. A copy of the APN Bulletin may be downloaded from the link provided here. The full report may be found on pages 34 to 38 of the bulletin.
Yuan Tseh Lee with Senior Minister Viarana and Minister for Environment and Sustainable Energy of Sri Lanka.
The Sri Lankan Coordinating Secretariat for Science, Technology and lnnovation (COSTI) will hold a coordinating workshop on Future Earth on 17 and 18 September 2013 in Colombo to develop an appropriate Future Earth research agenda for Sri Lanka. Discussions centred around a framework that will enable the identification, design and development of modalities to co-implement research activities related to Future Earth, including demand driven R&D by scientists, policy makers and end-users. The workshop will discuss opportunities and challenges for implementing Future Earth in Sri Lanka, and explore the best possible ways of establishing a national interface for Future Earth. The Chair of the Scientific Committee of Futrue Earth, Mark Stafford-Smith who was not able to participate sent in a video message to address participants. The Sri Lanka Senior Minister of Scientific Affairs, Tisa Vitarana and Minister of Environment and Sustainable Energy gave welcome addresses. The President of ICSU Yuan Tseh Lee gave a keynote speech entitled "Sustainable transformation of human society". Heinz Gutscher and Nordin Hasan spoke about Future Earth at the beginning of the workshop. Materials from the workshop can be downloaded from the links given below.
The urban health and wellbeing programme supported and coordinated by the ICSU Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (ROAP) is being presented at a symposium during the International Conference Urban Dynamics and Health: Concepts, methods and applications that is being held at the University of Paris West on 11 to 13 September 2013. The development of the programme involves the use of collaborative construction of low-order system dynamics models involving multiple stakeholders that can help policy makers design effective policies in complex systems. The ROAP programme aims to provide a framework for a systems approach to research on health in the changing urban environment, that takes into account the extent to which the main modes of behaviour of a complex system can be explained in terms of feedback structures that are relatively simple, operate across scales, disciplines and sectors.
Four presentations will be made that describe in the context of urbanization and health in Asia and the Pacific, the rationale and progress of the programme to date The symposium will be moderated by Katrina Proust, Visiting Fellow, Fenner School of Environment and Society, College of Medicine, Biology & Environment, The Australian National University (ANU)
Download presentations :
Mohd Nordin Hasan The ICSU ROAP Urban Health and Wellbeing Programme
Barry Newell Collaborative conceptual modelling: unravelling dynamic complexity
Katrina Proust Urban health dynamics: the challenge of designing a systems programme
Shih-Chun Candice Lung Green transportation for better urban health: a systems approach (presentation not available for download)
Link to conference website:https://www.etouches.com/ehome/ColloqueInternational2013/101190/?&language=eng
The organisers of the 2nd International Conference Urban Transitions and Transformations: Science, Synthesis and Policy that will be held in Chinese Taipei, on 6-8 November 2014 invite all who are interested to submit session proposals under one or more of the four conference themes. These are
1) Urbanization Patterns and Processes
2) Urban Responses to Climate Change: Adaptation, Mitigation and Transformation
3) Global Environmental Change, Urban Health and Well-Being
4) Equity and Environmental Justice in Urban Areas
The conference will balance synthesis of urbanization and global environmental change research with discussion on how to take research on urbanization and global environmental change forward so as to have impact on policy and planning. Urban transitions and transformations will be discussed and presented in a variety of formats including:
• Open and Plenary Sessions
• World Café
• Round Table Discussions
• Training Workshops
The organisers welcome suggestions for new and innovative formats, from multimedia projects to art installations.
Email a brief description of your idea to: email@example.com
Deadline: November 8, 2013
For more information on the conference please visit the conference website http://ugec.org/2nd-international-ugec-conference/
The 3rd Ministerial Regional Forum on environment and health in Southeast and East Asian countries is being held in Kuala Lumpur on 9 and 10 September 2013. The Forum is preceded by the 7th High Level Officials' Meeting which was opened by the United nations Environment Programme (Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific) and the World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Office for Western Pacific. The Forum is held annually to discuss issues related to the environment and health in Southeast and East Asia. At this meeting a science presentation entitled "Why do ecosystems matter for human health" was delivered by Emeritus Professor Zakri Hamid, the Science Advisor to the Prime Minister of Malaysia. Zakri was until September 2011 a member of the Executive Board of ICSU.
The First BICTAM Symposium for Asia-Pacific Young Scholars will be held in Singapore from 11 to 14 December, 2013. The symposium is hosted by Beijing International Center for Theoretical and Applied Mechanics (BICTAM) and The Chinese Society of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics (CSTAM). It is one of the Minisymposia of the 5th Asia Pacific Congress on Computational Mechanics (APCOM 2013) which is a triennial conference of the Asia-Pacific Association for Computational Mechanics (APACM).
Young scholars wishing to attend the symposium must submit abstracts of their presentation by September 15th, 2013. Details for submission may be found at the following URL http://www.bictam.org.cn/?p=509.
(Footnote: BICTAM, the Beijing International Center for Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, is an international non-governmental scientific organization, which is affiliated to IUTAM (2010) and operates in close collaboration with the ICSU Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific.)
The 12th Pacific Science Inter-Congress was held from 8 - 12 July 2013 at the Laucala Campus of the University of the South Pacific, in Suva, Fiji. The theme of the Inter-Congress was: “Science for Human Security & Sustainable Development in the Pacific Islands and Rim” ( http://www.pacificscience.org/congress2013.html ). It was attended by 632 participants from 51 countries. ICSU ROAP delivered a keynote address at the opening of the Inter-Congress and conducted a panel discussion on Future Earth. Xuemei Bai, a member of the scientific committee of Future Earth introduced Future Earth to participants. A presentation was also made at a different workshop of the Inter-Congress of the health and wellbeing pilot projects that is currently being developed by ROAP.
The Official Resolutions of the Inter-Congress records strong support of Future Earth and encourages the programme to fully engage with the Pacific Island community so that their perspective and solutions can be articulated in a global forum and also that the particular concerns of the region can be better addressed. Download and read the full text of the Official Resolutions from the link given here.