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"Open Data in a Big Data World" accord passes 120 endorsements
"Open Data in a Big Data World" accord passes 120 endorsements
Apr 05, 2017 An accord to promote open access to "big data" that are the basis of advanced research has passed 120 endorsements, and the list includes prominent science organizations that support the principles of open data through dedicated commitments.
Vacancy: Science Officer (Fixed term contract) Apr 04, 2017
The International Council for Science (ICSU) is seeking a Science Officer for a 5-month, fixed-term contract (maternity cover).
Vacancy: Social Media/Web Editor Mar 10, 2017
The International Council for Science (ICSU) is seeking a part-time Social Media/Web Editor for a 6-month replacement.
Call for pre-proposals: Advancing the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 11 on cities in Africa Feb 27, 2017
With the adoption of the New Urban Agenda at the Habitat III conference in Quito, Ecuador, in October 2016, it is imperative to ensure that science can effectively contribute to the implementation of this Agenda. As part of the 5-year "Leading Integrated Research for Agenda 2030 in Africa" programme, the International Council for Science (ICSU), in partnership with the Network of African Science Academies (NASAC) and the International Social Science Council (ISSC) will support 10 collaborative research projects across Africa (to the value of up to 90,000 Euro each over two years) that will advance the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 11 (sustainable cities and communities) in Africa.
NZ Government thanks IRDR and CODATA groups for their help following 2016 Kaikoura earthquake Feb 23, 2017
New Zealand was hit by a 7.8 magnitude earthquake in Kaikoura in November 2016, and the government has expressed thanks to IRDR and CODATA for their timely and free provision of satellite data that helped with damage and loss estimation following the disaster.
Scientific and technological community delivers statement at United Nations on Oceans Feb 16, 2017
At the first preparatory meeting for the UN Oceans conference this June, the Scientific and Technological Community made a statement announcing the launch of a Knowledge Action Network on Oceans and called for strong partnerships between science and all sectors of society. Read on for the full statement, which was presented by Craig Starger on behalf of the Community, which ICSU co-organizes at the UN:
Professor Rajib Shaw to step down as IRDR Executive Director Feb 15, 2017
Professor Rajib Shaw will step down as Executive Director of the Integrated Research on Disaster Risk (IRDR) programme based in at the Institute of Remote Sensing and Digital Earth (RADI) at the end of March due to unforeseen personal circumstances.
International Council for Science, GenderInSITE and the International Social Science Council join forces towards applying a gender lens to international scientific research production and coordination Feb 13, 2017
On the occasion of the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, GenderInSITE organized a workshop with the International Council for Science (ICSU) and the International Social Science Council (ISSC) at the UNESCO ICTP Campus (7-8 February 2017). The workshop aimed to discuss ways to develop a gender-lens for large international scientific research production and coordination initiatives within the context of new modalities for producing and coordinating scientific research.
Call for Nominations for the Scientific Committee for the Urban Health and Wellbeing programme Feb 10, 2017
The sponsors of the programme are looking to replace three outgoing members of the Scientific Committee for the programme. Nominations are due by 15 March 2017.
ICSU Unions receive award to launch multi-year initiatives in science outreach and education Feb 09, 2017
ICSU awards three grants, each worth 300,000 euros across 3 years
ICSU and ISSC Transition Task Force meets to discuss possible structures for new merged council for all the sciences Feb 06, 2017
As the two science councils continue to develop the modalities for a proposed future merger, the Transition Task Force met for two days in Paris las week to discuss proposed structures for a new, merged council.
ICSU & ISSC hold high-level strategy workshop to inform proposed merger Feb 03, 2017
Earlier this week, the two Councils hosted a high-level meeting of scientists and experts in Paris to discuss the future of a proposed new organization that would result from a merger of the International Social Science Council and the International Council for Science.
International Council for Science (ICSU) calls on the government of the United States to rescind the Executive Order “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States” Jan 31, 2017
Joining many national and international organizations, the International Council for Science (ICSU) calls on the government of the United States of America to rescind the Executive Order “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States,” which is effectively banning entry to the United States for citizens of seven countries.
Scientists and experts gather in Paris to define strategy for a new organization for all sciences Jan 27, 2017
The International Council for Science will host a meeting of the ICSU/ISSC Strategy Working Group from Jan 30-Feb 1 at its headquarters in Paris.
ICSU publishes independent mid-term review of Integrated Research on Disaster Risk (IRDR) programme Jan 19, 2017
ICSU has published the 2016 Review of the Integrated Research on Disaster Risk (IRDR) programme, led by an independent panel whose conclusions are intended to inform the next 3-4 year phase of the program.
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.
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.
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