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New commentary published: Climate research must sharpen its view
Jan 17, 2017 A new commentary in Nature Climate Change calls on the climate research community to sharpen its focus on the fundamental questions that will need to be answered for societies to successfully respond to the challenges posed by anthropogenic climate change. The commentary is the result of a workshop organized by the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP), followed by a side event co-organized by the International Council for Science (ICSU) at COP22 in November 2016.
Members of Strategy Working Group and Transition Task Force appointed to develop frameworks for possible ICSU-ISSC merger Jan 10, 2017
The International Council for Science (ICSU) and International Social Science Council (ISSC) announced today the full list of members of the Strategy Working Group (SWG) and Transition Task Force (TTF) that will develop modalities for a possible merger of the two councils.
African Open Science Platform to boost the impact of open data for science and society Dec 12, 2016
An initiative to establish an African Open Science Platform to promote the value and exploit the potential of Open Data for science was announced by the Minister of Science and Technology, Mrs. Naledi Pandor, at the Science Forum South Africa 2016 (SFSA) last week.
Vacancy: Future Earth Executive Director Dec 08, 2016
Future Earth, the international research programme for global sustainability, is recruiting an Executive Director.
Book on Advancing Health and Wellbeing in the Changing Urban Environment published Dec 06, 2016
A new book on a systems approach on urban health and wellbeing was published by Springer and Zhejiang University Press. Many members of the community of the ICSU co-sponsored Urban Health programme are among the authors.
Former ICSU President M.G.K. Menon passes away Nov 28, 2016
Mambillikalathil Govind Kumar Menon, President of ICSU from 1988-1993 and instrumental in launching the Council's work on the science-policy interface, died on 22 November 2016.
International Council for Science issues an advisory note on the issue of gender-based harassment in the practice of science Nov 25, 2016
On the occasion of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, the International Council for Science calls for more effective strategies to promote gender equality and equitable access to all resources in the practice of science, notably in the area of field research, and to remove barriers to the full participation in science by women.
ICSU at Habitat III: Science, cities and visualization Nov 08, 2016
At Habitat III, the UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development, ICSU was one of three organizations running Habitat X Change, a space dedicated to promoting science and data visualization as partners for the urban future. The space quickly became the focal point for a vibrant community of conference participants interested in the science-policy interface.
ICSU co-organizes side event at COP22 on urgent questions in climate research Nov 08, 2016
On the opening day of COP22, the International Council for Science in partnership with the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR), the Inter-American Institute for Global Change Research (IAI), the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP), and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Working Group I convened a side event on key pressing issues in fundamental climate research following the Paris Agreement.
GSDR report launches in France – High level event and workshop co-organized by ICSU, UNDESA, IDDRI and IRD Oct 28, 2016
The 2016 Global Sustainable Development Report (GSDR) was launched in France today at a high-level event at the French Foreign Ministry preceded by a one-day workshop at university Sciences Po. The aim of the events was to engage the francophone scientific community towards the next edition to be published in 2019.
World’s top bodies representing the social and natural sciences vote to pursue a merger, forming a single organization representing all social and natural sciences by 2018 Oct 24, 2016
At a landmark joint General Assembly of two leading international science councils, their members voted to merge, launching a process to form a single global entity that represents all social and natural sciences.
Scientists disappointed with New Urban Agenda agreed on by nations at Habitat III summit Oct 21, 2016
International efforts to shape the future of cities need to have a clear plan for addressing the urgent sustainability challenges facing cities, said urban researchers today at a press briefing in Quito, Ecuador.
Extraordinary joint ICSU-ISSC General Assembly opens Monday, 24 October in Oslo, Norway Oct 19, 2016
An extraordinary joint general assembly of the International Council for Science (ICSU) and the International Social Science Council (ISSC) opens on Monday, 24 October in Oslo, Norway. Leading social and natural scientists from all over the world will take part in the meeting
ICSU at Habitat III, the United Nations conference on sustainable urban development Oct 11, 2016
Habitat III, the United Nations conference on housing and sustainable urban development, will take place in Quito, Ecuador, from 17-20 October 2016. ICSU will be playing a leading role representing the scientific community at the conference.
2nd international science advice to governments conference concludes in Brussels Sep 30, 2016
More than 600 participants – policymakers, practitioners and scientists – from 72 countries met to discuss the principles and practice of feeding evidence into policy processes. The conference was organized by the International Network on Government Science Advice (INGSA), which operates under the auspices of ICSU, and the European Commission.
International Council for Science and UNESCO to collaborate on science advice Sep 30, 2016
The International Council for Science (ICSU) and UNESCO have formalised a partnership on one of the fastest growing areas of public science endeavor – the provision of science advice for public policy.
35 African early career scientists will attend training workshop on trans-disciplinary research on 3-7 October 2016 in Nairobi, Kenya Sep 30, 2016
Following the ICSU-NASAC-ISSC call for pre-proposals on the understanding the “Energy-Health-Natural Disasters” nexus in African cities, which was launched earlier this year, ICSU received 165 applications from diverse research teams in Africa. Following the scientific review, 35 pre-proposals have been identified and will be considered for the second phase of the selection process.
Académie des Sciences celebrates 350th anniversary with a World Science Day Sep 28, 2016
The event, held in the auditorium of the Musée du Louvre in Paris, was attended by French President Francois Hollande and representatives of scientific academies from around the world. Many members of the ICSU community were present, and Council President Gordon McBean delivered an address and signed a statement on the organization's behalf. The Académie is one of the oldest members of ICSU, was a driving force in its creation, and has always had strong links with the Council.
Chad Gaffield becomes President-Elect of the Royal Society of Canada Sep 20, 2016
Gaffield, a member of ICSU's Committee on Scientific Planning and Review (CSPR), will assume his role at the next Annual General Meeting of the RSC.
Official ceremony to open ICSU Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean in El Salvador Aug 31, 2016
A high level ceremony involving several government ministers was held in El Salvador yesterday to officially inaugurate the ICSU Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean (ROLAC).
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