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Contributions of the scientific community to the development of the Sustainable Development Goals
Contributions of the scientific community to the development of the Sustainable Development Goals
Sep 25, 2015 This weekend, the governments of the world, after a three-year preparatory process, will adopt the final set of seventeen Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that will determine the course of international development efforts in developed and developing countries alike for the next fifteen years. Throughout the process, ICSU and its partner organizations have continuously pushed for a sound scientific basis for these goals and a strong role for science in their implementation.
Science International to agree international accord on open data Sep 30, 2015
Science International is a new coalition of the major international science bodies – ICSU, the InterAcademy Partnership (IAP), The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS), and the International Social Science Council (ISSC) – to bring its members’ combined international representation and credibility to act as a single global voice for science in the international policy arena. At its first meeting, to be held from 7-9 December in Pretoria, South Africa, the participating institutions will discuss the topic of big data/open data.
Call for proposals: Future Earth Regional Offices in Africa Sep 24, 2015
The Future Earth Secretariat has today released a call for proposals to establish Regional Offices for Future Earth in Africa.
Call for expressions of interest: Modeling urban health and wellbeing – communicating results for policy and action Sep 23, 2015
Expressions of interest are thought for this workshop that aims at bridging this information gap by enabling communication and dialogue between modelers and policy/decision makers in the field of urban health. The workshop will take place on 28-29 April 2016 in Xiamen, China.
New IRDR newsletter published Sep 21, 2015
The fall 2015 issue of the Integrated Research on Disaster Risk (IRDR) newsletter leads off with a review of the 4+2 formula and highlights IRDR family activities that support the 4+2 formula from May through August.
Urban Health and Wellbeing programme publishes first newsletter Sep 17, 2015
The ICSU-UNU-IAMP Urban Health and Wellbeing programme has published its first newsletter, covering developments since the opening of the International Programme Office (IPO) in December 2014.
2016 to be the International Year of Global Understanding (IYGU) Sep 14, 2015
The International Council for Science (ICSU), the International Social Science Council (ISSC) and International Council for Philosophy and Human Sciences (CIPSH) jointly announced today that 2016 would be the International Year of Global Understanding (IYGU).
Science and Technology conference on implementation of Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction: Geneva Jan 2016 Sep 01, 2015
UNISDR is lead organizer of a major conference in Geneva from January 27-29 which will look at how the science and technology community can support implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction. The International Council for Science – which led the Major Group for Science and Technology throughout the Sendai preparatory process – is a co-organizer, along with UNESCO, UNU and WMO.
Call for Nominations for WDS Data Stewardship Award 2015: deadline Sept 7 Aug 31, 2015
The World Data System (WDS) Data Stewardship Award is an annual prize which highlights exceptional contributions to the improvement of scientific data stewardship by early career researchers. The winner of the 2015 Award will be presented at SciDataCon 2016. The deadline for nominations is Monday September 7, 2015.
Nominations are open for the COSPAR Awards Aug 05, 2015
The ICSU Committee on Space Research (COSPAR) bestows a number of medals and awards, in some cases jointly with other scientific institutions or space agencies. Nominations are open and must be received before 30 November 2015.
Scientists plot path to climate stabilization at pre-COP Paris science conference Jul 10, 2015
Emissions of carbon dioxide and other heat-trapping gases must eventually fall to zero to stabilize the global climate, according to scientists leading the biggest international climate science conference prior to the Paris UN COP meeting in December, which was co-organized by ICSU. But they also indicate cautious optimism that growing political momentum means the two degree Celsius climate upper limit is still within reach.
Climate science conference "Our Common Future" opens in Paris Jul 03, 2015
A major international climate science conference attended by almost 2000 academics gets underway in Paris today, to table the latest thinking on managing climate change and avoiding its worst impacts. ICSU is one of the co-organizers of the conference.
Science and the road to transformation after COP21: ICSU side event at UNESCO Jul 06, 2015
The International Council for Science (ICSU) convened a special event on the eve of a major climate science conference in Paris to explore the opportunities for transformation which will emerge after the conclusion of a global deal on reducing emissions in December this year.
New Scientific Committee and Chair appointed for ICSU World Data System Jul 03, 2015
The ICSU Executive Board approved the new membership at its April session. The committee will be chaired by Sandy Harrison, Professor of Palaeoclimates and Biogeochemical Cycles.
ICSU participates in key UN panels on science and the Sustainable Development Goals Jun 30, 2015
The annual session of the High-Level Political Forum (HLPF), the deliberating body for sustainable development in the UN, takes place from 26 June to 6 July at the UN headquarters in New York. The theme of this year's session is "Strengthening integration, implementation and review – the HLPF after 2015". ICSU and its programmes are represented in several panels of the event.
New members of the Committee on Freedom and Responsibility in the conduct of Science announced Jun 29, 2015
At its April session, the ICSU Executive Board approved the new members of the ICSU Committee on Freedom and Responsibility in the conduct of Science (CFRS). The committee will continue to be chaired by Leiv K. Sydnes of the University of Bergen, Norway, and the new members will take office from 1 October 2015.
Jenny Baeseman appointed SCAR Executive Director Jun 24, 2015
Dr Jenny Baeseman has just been hired as the new Executive Director of the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR). Baeseman has been the Executive Director of the WCRP Climate and Cryosphere (CliC) project since 2012 and previous to that was the Founding Director of the Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS).
2016 Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement: Call for Nominations Jun 19, 2015
Submissions are due by 11 Sept 2015.
Science assessments and research integrity: reconcilable or antagonistic? Jun 15, 2015
At the recent 4th World Conference on Research Integrity, attended by around 500 participants from more than 50 countries on five continents, the ICSU Committee on Freedom and Responsibility in the conduct of Science (CFRS) organised a symposium on “Research assessment and quality in science.”
Ameenah Gurib-Fakim becomes President of Mauritius Jun 10, 2015
Gurib-Fakim, a chemistry researcher with a focus on medicinal plants, has previously served as Chair of ICSU's Regional Committee for Africa.
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