A workshop to scope SIMSEA activities in its initial year was launched on 19 November 2014. The two-day workshop is hosted by the Marine Science Institute, University of the Philippines, Diliman. Prior to the workshop a questionnaire survey was conducted by the organisers to identify priorities for research under the programme. The prioritization process followed the method described in Sutherland et al. (2011). The questionnaire was administered among stakeholders of the marginal seas to survey research priorities in the physical, ecological, and social sciences that need to be investigated in response to the needs of society. The topics would fit under the sub-themes of Future Earth i.e. A Dynamic Planet; Global Development; and Transformations to Sustainability. The results of the survey was deliberated during the workshop involving about 20 thought leaders familiar with past and on-going research in the SIMSEA region. The workshop programme may be downloaded from the link below.
A systems thinking training workshop was held at the Research Center for Environmental Changes, Academia Sinica (http://www.sinica.edu.tw/main_e.shtml) over the last two days (9 and 10 November 2014). It was co-organised by the ICSU Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (ICSU ROAP) in collaboration with the academy's Research Center for Sustainability Science and Research Center for Environmental Changes. The workshop aims to build capacity in the design and conduct of cross-sector collaboration on urban health research. Opened by Academician Dr C. H. Liu of Academia Sinica the workshop brings together researchers from public health sciences, urban planning and land-use, and from the environmental sciences to learn of the system approach to urban health planning, research and management. They were introduced inter alia to systems thinking tools, pair-blending techniques, and system archetype modelling, and how to capture cross-sector feedback and build shared understanding of urban issues important for sustainability. A pilot research project on urban health and wellbeing using the systems approach has been developed and participants will be given a briefing of the opportunities and likely barriers to integrated research through cross-sector collaborations for urban health in Taipei.
The IMBER IMBIZO lV workshop will be held in Trieste, Italy from 26-30 October 2015: The theme of the workshop is Marine and human systems: Addressing multiple scales and multiple stressors
IMBIZO is particularly relevant to the research community that is currently developing and will engage in the SIMSEA programme in Asia and the Pacific. As mentioned in the call,the challenge for ensuring sustainable governance of marine ecosystems and human societies in the future is the development of systems level understanding of the effects of global change at multiple scales.
IMBIZO IV will explore the interactions of multiple drivers and stressors at different spatial and temporal scales. Of interest will be the global implications of the responses of marine biogeochemistry, ecosystems, and social and governance structures observed at these different spatial and temporal scales.
Members of the research community are invited to submit proposals for the three workshops that will be organised. Please include a title, short description of the workshop topic, including key points that address the overall IMBIZO theme, and the name of the convenor/conveners for the workshop. The proposals will be reviewed by a selection committee and notifications of successful proposals will sent by mid-December 2014.
Please send workshop proposals to Lisa Maddison (firstname.lastname@example.org) before 24 November 2014.
Details for the workshop is given in the attached call for workshop proposals.
This four-day conference will be held in advance of the 21st UNFCCC Conference of Parties (COP21) which will be hosted by France in December 2015. The Conference will address key issues concerning climate change in the broader context of global change. It is being organized under the auspices of ICSU, Future Earth, UNESCO and major French research institutions. The objectives of the Conference are as follows:
1 - Provide state-of-the-art scientific knowledge on climate change, one year after the release of IPCC AR5
2 - Explore the range of pathways combining climate change mitigation and adaptation, and sustainable development.
3 - Assess the potential for evidence-based solutions to climate change challenges
4 - Contribute to a science-society dialogue
The Conference will emphasise exploring climate change issues through transdisciplinary and integrative approaches. It will underscore the need for solutions that cut across sectors and systems and that join stakeholders and communities. The Conference sessions encourage multi-disciplinary and multi-lateral thinking to explore the wide range of topics that cut across climate change issues, from physical feedbacks to social and economic impacts. The Conference sessions will offer a broad base for examining issues related to the complex and inter-related science-human aspects of climate change.
For more information on how to participate, please visit http://commonfuture-paris2015.org
The Arctic Science Summit Week (ASSW) which is the annual gathering of the international organizations engaged in supporting and facilitating Arctic research will be held in Toyama, Japan from 23 to 30 April 2015. The summit provides opportunities for scientists, students, policy makers and other professionals to interact in all areas of Arctic science. The summit week will include business meetings of the participating organizations (23 – 25 April), excursions and a public lecture (26 April) and a four-day symposium (27-30 April). The call for abstracts for oral and poster presentations at the Fourth International Symposium on Arctic Research (ISAR‐4) is now open. This Symposium will address the overarching theme “Rapid change of the Arctic climate system and its global influence”. Abstracts are also called for the Third International Conference on the Arctic Research Planning (ICARP III). The theme of this year’s conference is “Integrating Arctic Research: a roadmap for the future. Full details of the symposium and conference may be obtained from the brochure of the summit below.
A one-day planning meeting to discuss networking frameworks for Future Earth in Asia and the Pacific was held on 1 October 2014 at the Center for Sustainability Science, Academy of Sciences located in Taipei. The meeting was attended by 15 scientists from Taiwan and elsewhere. Presiding was Professor Tetsuzo Yasunari, Director of the Kyoto-based Research Institute for Humanity and Nature (RIHN) who is also Chair of the Future Earth National Committee in Japan, and Member Future Earth (International) Science Committee. Other than Japan and Taiwan, participants included scientists from Australia, India, Korea, and Malaysia who are closely associated with the development of Future Earth in the Asia Pacific region. It was acknowledged at the end of the meeting that it provided much needed discussion on desirable optimum conditions for networking of individuals and organizations that will contribute to timely development of Future Earth in the region. Members of an interim Asia Regional Committee of Future Earth were also identified at the meeting. The development of Future Earth in Asia and the Pacific will be further discussed in a Future Earth meeting that will be organised by RIHN in January next year.
The Institute for Environment and Development, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (LESTARI) and its partners, the United Nations University Institute for Global Health (UNU/IIGH) and the ICSU Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (ICSU ROAP), will organise a workshop in Kuala Lumpur on 29 and 30 October 2014, on the co-production of knowledge for global health challenges. The workshop is the third in the series of Executive Workshops organised by LESTARI. It will introduce transdisciplinary and multi-sectoral approaches to complex sustainable development issues that cannot be fully understood by mono-disciplinary studies. Up to 20 decision-makers and researchers with diverse backgrounds from the private and public sectors, non-governmental organizations, academics and journalists will be brought together for dialogue and discussions on the interdisciplinary nature of sustainable development. Differences between multidisciplinary, interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary contributions will be explained. Participants will have the opportunity to enhance their understanding of the relationship between sustainable development and urban health, and learn methods, techniques and processes for collaborative research and decision-making. Details on how to apply for the workshop is given in the downloadable brochure below.
The 7th South China Sea Tsunami Workshop (SCSTW-7) will be held on November 17-22, 2014 at National Museum of Natural Science, Taichung, Taiwan, China. The Beijing International Center for Theoretical and Applied Mechanics (BICTAM) can provide partial financial support for bona fide students and young scientists from Asia-Pacific region, in need of financial support to attend SCSTW-7.
Support can include a waiver of the registration fee for the workshop.
To apply for this support please send your curriculum vitae and letter of recommendation along with the following:
•Title, abstract and author of your proposed presentation
•Request for waiver of registration fee
Applications should be sent to email@example.com and must be received by October 30, 2014 at:
For further information please contact with Ms. Xiaoyan Wang (firstname.lastname@example.org).
More information about the workshop may be obtained from the SCSTW-7′s website http://tsunami.ihs.ncu.edu.tw/~scstw/2014/
Dr Hong Kum Lee, Chair of the ICSU Regional Committee for Asia and the Pacific (ROAP) presented her report of the work of ICSU ROAP for the period 2012 to 2014 to the 31st ICSU General Assembly in Auckland, New Zealand on the last day of the Assembly (3 September 2014). In her presentation she described the many achievements of ROAP in the four priority areas described in the 2nd ICSU Strategic Plan viz. hazards and disasters, urban health and wellbeing, sustainable energy, and ecosystems. She also outlined other activities undertaken by ROAP to support the goals of ICSU. This included the key role that ROAP played in the development of Future Earth in Asia, and the partner organizations that has made possible the achievements of ROAP. This included inter alia the Asia Pacific Network for Global Change Research (APN), Monsoon Asia Integrated Regional Study (MAIRS), the Research Institute for Humanity and Nature (RIHN), the United Nations University International Institute of Global Health (UNU/IIGH), and the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UN ESCAP). The full report to the General Assembly by Roap and Dr Lee's presentation may be downloaded from the links provided below.
We are pleased to announce that ICSU Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (ROAP) has been successful in being selected, in partnership with the Kyoto-based Research Institute for Humanity and Nature (RIHN), as a Sending Organization for the Sakura International Exchange Program in Science (http://ssp.jst.go.jp/EN/outline/index.html#M1) . The main aim of the program is to enable young scientists (less than 40 years old) from countries in Asia, to visit Japan to collaboratively develop ideas about research, and exchange relevant knowledge with Japanese scientists. The main function of the Sending Organization will be recommending researchers as participants of this program. The focus of the next exchange visit which will be in January 2015 is Future Earth the new international platform for research on global sustainability. Successful applicants will also be expected to attend, as part of the exchange, the 3rd International Workshop on Future Earth in Asia, that will be organized and hosted by RIHN.
The ICSU Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (ROAP) Annual Report 2013 has been published and is downloadable from the link provided here. In her message the Chair of the Committee noted that more than ten meetings were organised in Asia and the Pacific in 2013, to build a research community that was sensitive to Future Earth and could effectively develop strategies to begin to implement the initiative in the region. She also mentioned the new Future Earth initiative called the Sustainability Initiative in the Marginal Seas of East Asia (SIMSEA) that ROAP is developing.
The 18th Meeting of the ICSU Regional Committee for Asia and the Pacific (RCAP) will be held in Auckland New Zealand on 27 and 28 August 2014, just prior to the 31st ICSU General Assembly on 30 August to 3 September 2014. The meeting will be attended by all Committee members. A full agenda has been prepared and matters to be discussed include that related to the progress of the work of ICSU ROAP in its priority areas viz. hazards and disasters, urban health and wellbeing; sustainable energy, and ecosystems. Reports from the global secretariat of ICSU and the ICSU Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean will also be tabled at the meeting. Of particular interest to Asia and the Pacific is the development of work related to the new international platform for research on global sustainability, Future Earth. ROAP is developing a programme known as the Sustainability Initiative in the Marginal Seas of East Asia (SIMSEA) as part of its activity on Future Earth. A visit to the Institute of Marine Science, University of Auckland laboratories in Leigh has been arranged for all committee members. The Director of the Institute Professor Simon Thrush will be at hand to brief the Committee on research at the Institute and together the group will discuss how to build effective links to Future Earth in the region.
The Data Bouy Cooperation Panel (DBCP) of the WMO-IOC will organize and sponsor the Third Capacity Building Workshop of the North Pacific Ocean and Its Marginal Seas (NPOMS) in Kyoto on 6 to 8 October 2014. The workshop will be hosted by the Japan Disaster Prevention Research Institute (DPRI), and the Graduate School of Advanced Integrated Studies in Human Survivability of Kyoto University (GSAIS). Participation of scientists and personnel of developing nations is highly encouraged so that they can assist the Panel in achieving and sustaining its objectives for a globally distributed data buoy network. The Joint WMO-IOC Data Buoy Cooperation Panel (DBCP) is an official body of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO. The theme of this 3rd Workshop will be “Application of Regional Ocean Observations for Increasing Society’s Understanding and Forecasting of Typhoons.” It is primarily designed for typhoon forecasters, ocean data users, researchers and buoy operators in countries of the East Asia Region. The curriculum will cover: the regional programmes on typhoon; processes and mechanisms of typhoon-ocean interaction; application and improvement of ocean observations for typhoon; and enhancing regional and national human, institutional and infrastructure capacity to deliver socio-economic benefits from ocean observations. Fore more information about the workshop and details to apply please visit http://www.jcomm.info/NPOMS-3
The International Workshop on Open Data for Science and Sustainability in Developing Countries commenced at the United Nations Office in Gigiri, Nairobi and will end on 8 August 2014. It was preceded by a very successful training workshop on the use of open data for science and sustainabillity on 4-5 August 2014 at the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, Kenya (JKUAT) located in Juja, Nairobi. The workshop was made possible by the CODATA Task Group on Preservation of and Access to Scientific and Technical Data in Developing Countries (CODATA PASTD）headed by Professor Liu Chuang of the Institute for Geographic Sciences and Natural Resource Research (IGSNRR) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, in partnership with the Communication and Information Committee, World Federation of Engineering Organization (WFEO-CIC), the Ministry of Communication and Information of Kenya (MCIK), and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
The Core Group with Prof Dr. Marie Antonette J. Meñez Director of the Marine Science Institute (2nd from right)
The first meeting of the core group of initiators of the Sustainability Initiative in the Marginal Seas of East Asia (SIMSEA) a programme being developed by ICSU Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (ROAP) and its partners, as a Future Earth initiative concluded today (1 July 2014). The meeting was hosted by the Marine Science Institute of the University of the Philippines, Diliman. Attending the meeting were Professor Lourds Cruz and Professor Toshio Yamagata, Dr Anadell Cabanban, and Nordin Hasan, the Director of ICSU ROAP. Cruz and Yamagata are members of the Regional Committee for Asia and the Pacific (RCAP) who mooted the idea of the programme at the 16th meeting of the Regional Committee for Asia and the Pacifc, in Seoul, Korea in November 2013. A prescoping workshop was held in Kyoto in March 2014 that took stock of on-going and past research in the East Asian seas (see http://www.icsu.org/asia-pacific/news-centre/news/simsea-discussions-provide-numerous-examples-for-future-earth). Other than discuss the way forward to develop SIMSEA as a Future Earth activity in Asia, discussions were also held with Professor Rhodora Azanza the Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs and Director, Office of International Linkages of the University, on the possibility of the University hosting the initial stages of the programme. The outcome was very positive and a framework for collaboration to get SIMSEA going will soon be developed between the University and ICSU ROAP. We thank all who made the discussions swift and straightforward, and look forward to an exciting year developing SIMSEA as a Future Earth activity in Asia and the Pacific.
The XXXII SCOR General Meeting will take place in Bremen, Germany from Monday, 15 September through Wednesday, 17 September 2014. It will be followed by a one-day symposium and student poster session on German ocean science on 18 September. Prior to the General Meeting on 12-13 September, there will be a workshop to discuss coordination of national research plans for Indian Ocean research in the period 2016-2020 and national input to a research plan for the International Indian Ocean Expedition-2 (IIOE-2). All of these meetings are open. Information, including a hotel registration form, is available on the meeting Web site at http://www.scor-int.org/Annual%20Meetings/2014GM/2014GM.htm .
ICSU ROAP participated in the 6th International Conference on Applied Energy (ICAE-2014) that is being held at the National Taiwan University of Science and Technology, Taipei, Taiwan, from 30 May to 2 June 2014. The theme of the Conference is "Clean, Efficient, Affordable and Reliable Energy for a Sustainable Future". It will have plenary sessions, keynote lectures, and parallel specialized sessions on different topics related to applied energy. Dr Mark Stafford Smith, Chair of the Science Committee of Future Earth, the new international initiative for research on global sustainability, and Science Director, CSIRO Climate Adaptation Flagship, will give a keynote address at the Conference entitled “Future Earth: The Challenges We Face”. Other keynote speakers include Prof. Falin Chen of the National Taiwan University, Mr. Mark L. Clifford, Executive Director of the Asia Business Council, and Prof. Dr. Detlef Stolten, RWTH Aachen University, Germany. For more details please visit http://www.applied-energy.org/CMS/index.php?m=content&c=index&a=show&catid=6&id=1
Asia-Pacific Civil Society Forum on Sustainable Development and Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development
The High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) has now replaced the Commission on Sustainable Development, as the guardian of the sustainable development agenda. UN-ESCAP and other regional commissions of the UN will coordinate regional meetings of the Asia-Pacific Civil Society Forum on Sustainable Development (APCSFSD) and the Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development (APFSD). These meetings are being held to support the global HLPF meetings that will be held in July in New York. The meetings are meant to boost progress on sustainable development at the national, subregional and regional levels. Registration for the inauguration of the Asia-Pacific regional processes will start today 15 May 2014 in Bangkok, Thailand. Civil society organizations (CSO), the private sector and other stakeholders should be fully engaged in the process. Professor Soottiporn Chittmittrapap, a member of the ICSU Regional Committee for Asia and the Pacific, and colleagues from the ICSU member organization from Thailand, the National research Council of Thailand will represent ICSU at the meetings. ICSU represents the scientific and technological community under UNEP's Major Group and Stakeholders on science and technology.
The Asia-Pacific Civil Society Forum on Sustainable Development will be held on 15 -17 May 2014 in Bangkok. The Forum will explore common ground and actions, develop common messages for the APFSD on issues including means of implementation for just and transformative development agenda, and coordinate strategies for more effective participation in the post-2015 process. The forum will also discuss the establishment of the Regional CSO Engagement Mechanism for sustainable development in Asia-Pacific.
The APCSFSD meeting is much longer and is being held 9-21 May 2014 in Pattaya. This regional preparatory meeting will take stock of the global and regional discussions. The HLPF and its associated processes are in its transitional phase and the post-2015 development agenda is being formulated. The forum will also feature a session in preparation for the ECOSOC Annual Ministerial Review. The APCSFSD will focus on:
- Identifying the regional and sub-regional views on 1) the sustainable developmentchallenges of Asia and the Pacific and 2) the formulation of sustainable development goals and the post-2015 development agenda and its follow-up;
- Identifying effective and inclusive means of implementation for a transformationaldevelopment agenda,
- Defining the regional HLPF processes to 2015 and beyond
For more information
On the regional process:
o Visit APFSD page at http://www.unescap.org/events/apfsd/
o Contact ESCAP: email@example.com
On the global process on High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development:
o Visit: http://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/index.php?menu=1564 (Major Groups)
The Science and Technology in Society (STS) forum ( http://www.stsforum.org/ ), that provides a platform where world leaders exchange opinions about issues surrounding science and technology in society, will meet in Singapore on Friday 16 May 2014. The forum explores how science enhances the progress of society and how to address and minimise any negative impacts. It is a movement of world leaders in the fields of policy, science, business and media that aims to mobilize mankind’s wisdom to deal with issues that result from society’s use of science and technology. Mobilising mankind’s wisdom is becoming increasingly complex because of global interconnectedness and possible solutions usually lie beyond the jurisdiction of any single country. They are also beyond the reach of the scientific community in isolation and require multi-national, multi-stakeholder participatory approaches to produce desired results. This is indeed also the philosophy embraced by Future Earth ( http://www.futureearth.info/ ) the new international platform for research on global sustainability. The STS forum meeting in Singapore will discuss and deliberate innovation, science and technology cooperation between ASEAN and Japan. Of particular importance to the meeting will be the question of how to successfully promote ASEAN-Japan cooperation on innovation, science and technology; the areas that require urgent attention in ASEAN and Japan; how to effectively promote cooperation; and how countries in the region can build capacity through the provision of support for the circulation of young scientific talent in the region.
The ICSU ROAP Natural Hazards and Risk Steering Group for Asia and the Pacific holds its first meeting in 2014 in Kuala Lumpur. The meeting is scheduled for two days on 28 and 29 April. Attending will be new members Professor Kruawun Jankeaw from Chulalongkorn University, Thailand, and Professor James Goff of the University of New South Wales, Australia. The Group is chaired by Professor James Terry of the National University of Singapore (NUS) and members include Professor Jianxin Zhang of the Institute of Psychology, Chinese Academy of Sciences and Mr Nigel Winspear of Catastrophe Management. The Steering Group acts as the focal point and coordinator for the Natural Hazards and Risk projects for Asia – Pacific and oversee the implementation of initiatives, identify opportunities for research funding and agencies that can support the implementation of the programme, and advise ICSU ROAP on any other actions that might be appropriate for its consideration in order to facilitate a coordinated regional approach to the research on hazards, disasters and vulnerability of islands in Asia - Pacific. The Group meets twice a year.