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Vacancy announcement: Director, ICSU Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean
ICSU invites applications for the post of Director of its Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean. This position is only open to citizens of countries of the Latin America and Caribbean region. The closing date for applications is 31 August 2010
Vacancy Announcement: Executive Director, Integrated Research on Disaster Risk
ICSU, the International Social Science Council, and the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction, invite applications for the position of Executive Director of the new Integrated Research on Disaster Risk (IRDR) programme.
Invitation to host the international office for the ICSU World Data System
ICSU is now inviting tenders to host the ICSU World Data System (WDS) International Programme Office (IPO). The office will manage and coordinate the establishment and operations of the WDS, and take responsibility for outreach and promotional activities. The IPO will act under the guidance of the ICSU World Data System Scientific Committee (WDS-SC). The closing date for tenders is 30 September 2010.
CODATA International Conference, South Africa, 24-27 October
The 22nd CODATA International Conference 'Scientific Information for Society: Scientific Data and Sustainable Development 'will take place in Cape Town, South Africa, 24�27 October. The conference, organized in collaboration with the National Research Foundation, will provide an international forum for scientists and policy makers to discuss global data challenges, including the critical role that scientific data and information plays in the scientific, social, economic and policy evolution of nations.
Vacancy announcement: Director, ICSU Regional Office for Africa
ICSU invites applications for the position of Director of the ICSU Regional Office for Africa (Sub-Saharan Africa). The Regional Office was established in Pretoria in 2005 and is hosted by South Africa’s National Research Foundation (NRF). This position is only open to citizens of countries of the African continent, who are also currently located in South Africa. The closing date for applications is 15 July 2010.
Vacancy announcement: Science Officer
ICSU is seeking a Science Officer to assist with the planning and implementation of its initiatives, with a focus on sustainability research including global environmental change. This is a permanent position located at the ICSU secretariat in Paris. Applications close 16 August 2010.
Press release: Polar year comes to a close
The International Polar Year 2007–2008 (IPY), the largest polar research and education venture ever undertaken, will formally come to a close at a ceremony in Oslo on Saturday 12 June—the final day of the IPY Oslo Science Conference. The IPY sponsors, ICSU and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), will thank the many thousands of participants who made the IPY a spectacular international success, before passing the baton to those who will secure the legacy of this important initiative.
Oslo polar science conference set to begin (8-12 June)
The largest-ever polar science conference, with more than 2200 registered participants, will begin in Oslo on 8 June. The ICSU Executive Director will help launch the conference, which showcases the successes of the International Polar Year 2007–2008 (IPY). The conference features: early science outcomes from the IPY; the launch of the Polar Information Commons; programmes for early-career scientists, teachers and the general public; and the release of the polar resource book for education and outreach.
Call for applications: ICSU Grants Programme 2011
Applications are invited for the 2011 ICSU Grants Programme. Please note the Grants Programme is strictly reserved for ICSU Members and bodies. Lead Applicants must be ICSU Scientific Unions, Interdisciplinary Bodies or Joint Initiatives. The Programme Statement and Schedule, as well as the application form are available in the Member Zone. The deadline for receipt of applications is 1 December 2010.
Visioning Open Forum: Registrations Open
Registration is now open for the Visioning Open Forum, which will take place on 22 June in Paris. The forum, hosted by ICSU in cooperation with the International Social Science Council, will explore the institutional frameworks needed to support and deliver the ‘Grand Challenges in Global Sustainability Research’.
Royal Honour for ICSU team member
John Marks, chair of the Task Team conducting the ICSU Foresight Analysis, has been honoured as part of the official birthday celebrations for Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands. Dr Marks has been made an officer in the Order of Orange-Nassau for his outstanding work in international and national science policy.
ICSU welcomes two new National Members
ICSU is pleased to welcome two new National Members—Angola’s Foundation of Science and Development, and the Academy of Sciences and Arts of Bosnia and Herzegovina. The new Members were admitted by the ICSU Executive Board in April, and bring the total number of National Members to 121, covering 141 countries.
Executive Director of new disaster research programme appointed
Dr Jane Rovins has been appointed as Executive Director of the new Integrated Research on Disaster Risk (IRDR) programme. The programme's co-sponsors—ICSU, the International Social Science Council (ISSC) and the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN-ISDR)—made the appointment following an extensive international search. Dr Rovins will take up her post at the end of May.
ICSU Grants Programme 2010
Seven projects have been awarded funding from the ICSU Grants Programme 2010. The grants support collaborative scientific initiatives of relevance to science and society.
International Polar Week (15-19 March): What Happens at the Poles Affects Us All
International Polar Week 'What Happens at the Poles Affects Us All' is an opportunity to explore the many changes in the polar regions and how they affect us around the world. Visit the Polar Week website for more information on events in your region.
Agreement on disaster research programme signed in Beijing
A Letter of Cooperation to establish the International Programme Office of the new Integrated Research on Disaster Risk (IRDR) programme has been signed by the programme’s sponsors and Chinese counterparts.
Interim Director of the ICSU Regional Office for Africa (ROA) appointed
ICSU has appointed Dr Rocky Skeef as the Acting Director of the Regional Office for Africa (ROA), to maintain continuity in the operation of the office while the search for the new Director is ongoing.
Nobel Prize winner joins ICSU Visioning Task Team
Elinor Ostrom, the first woman to win a Nobel Prize in economic sciences, has joined the Visioning Task Team. Her research has explored how institutional rules affect the structure of action situations within which individuals face incentives, make choices, and jointly affect each other. Her expertise will be a valuable addition to the team as the project enters the second step, focussing on institutional frameworks.
ICSU releases statement on the controversy around the 4th IPCC Assessment
As a scientific organization with global representation and active engagement in global environmental change research including climate change, ICSU has been closely following the ongoing controversy concerning the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Important issues have been raised in relation to both the interpretation of scientific knowledge, especially in making predictions of future developments, and the procedures used by the IPCC in its assessment.
ICSU releases statement on Universality of Science in the Polar Regions
ICSU has released a statement calling for actions to reinforce and build on the international collaborative spirit witnessed during the International Polar Year 2007-2008 (IPY). With the polar-related issues now confronting humanity, the open conduct of polar science and accessibility of scientific data and results will be the cornerstone of scientific progress and informed dialogue and decision making.
Online consultation: Grand Challenges in Global Sustainability Research
ICSU and its partners have launched an online consultation to collect views and comments on the draft document ‘Grand Challenges in Global Sustainability Research: A Systems Approach to Research Priorities for the Decade’. The online consultation is part of the Earth system visioning process and is open until 21 February 2010.
Vacancy Announcement: Director, ICSU Regional Office for Africa
ICSU invites applications for the position of Director of the ICSU Regional Office for Africa (Sub-Saharan Africa). The Regional Office was established in Pretoria in 2005 and is hosted by South Africa’s National Research Foundation (NRF). Applications from citizens of countries in Sub-Saharan Africa are invited and should be received no later than 20 February 2010.
UN Commission on Sustainable Development: Discussion Paper from the S&T Community to CSD-18
ICSU and the World Federation of Engineering Organizations (WFEO) have prepared a Discussion Paper on sustainable consumption and production, transport, chemicals, waste management and mining as formal input from the S&T Community to the 18th session of the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD-18).
Vacancy Announcement: Executive Director, Integrated Research on Disaster Risk (IRDR)
ICSU, the International Social Science Council, and the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction, invite applications for the position of Executive Director of the new Integrated Research on Disaster Risk (IRDR) programme. The Executive Director will head the International Programme Office which is being established in Beijing—the first time an international office of this type has been hosted in Asia. Applications close 14 January 2010.
Online consultation: Future drivers of international science
As part of the development of ICSU’s next strategic plan 2012-2017, CSPR is conducting a foresight analysis—based on scenarios that explore potential future developments in international science. To help define these scenarios, ICSU has launched a broad consultation on what will be the key drivers that influence international science over the next 20 years.
Press release: China to host new international disaster research programme
ICSU has announced that China will host the office of the new international programme, Integrated Research on Disaster Risk (IRDR). The International Programme Office for IRDR will be established in Beijing at the Headquarters of the Center for Earth Observation and Digital Earth (CEODE)—the first time an international office of this type has been hosted in Asia.
New Executive Director for International Human Dimensions Programme
Dr Anantha Kumar Duraiappah has been appointed Executive Director of the International Human Dimensions Programme on Global Environmental Change (IHDP). Dr Duraiappah is an environmental-development economist with more than two decades of experience at the international level. He will assume the position in January 2010.
IPY Oslo Science Conference: Call for abstracts
The organisers invite submissions of abstracts for the International Polar Year (IPY) Oslo Science Conference, 8-12 June 2010. This major conference, which is themed 'Polar Science: Global Impact', will demonstrate, strengthen, and extend the IPY's accomplishments in science and outreach.
World Science Forum, 5–7 November 2009
The World Science Forum, organised by the Hungarian Academy of Sciences in partnership with UNESCO and ICSU, took place in Budapest on 5–7 November 2009. The Forum focused on ‘Knowledge and Future’ and looked toward a strategic vision of the future of science in the global society of the 21st century.
ICSU President gives speech at UNESCO 35th General Conference
ICSU's President, Catherine Brechignac, delivered an intervention during the General Policy Debate at UNESCO's 35th General Conference in Paris. She highlighted the partnership between the two organisations and the challenges in addressing the issue of global change and society.
International Polar Week (5-9 October): What Happens at the Poles Affects Us All
International Polar Week 'What Happens at the Poles Affects Us All' is an opportunity to explore the many changes in the polar regions and how they affect us around the world. Visit the Polar Week website for more information on events in your region.
World Climate Conference-3
ICSU’s President, Catherine Bréchignac, has expressed support for the development of a Global Framework for Climate Services during her speech at the opening of the high-level segment of the World Climate Conference-3 (WCC-3).
ICSU World Data System: Call for Expressions of Interest
The International Council for Science is establishing a new ICSU World Data System (WDS). As part of the transition from the existing networks—ICSU World Data Centres and the Federation of Astronomical and Geophysical data-analysis Services—we are asking organizations that are interested in participating in the WDS to complete an online Expression of Interest form.
Deadline extended: Earth system research online consultation
The deadline for contributions to the online consultation for Earth system research has been extended to 1 September. The scientific community—natural and social scientists—as well as technology experts, decision-makers, and the general public, are invited to contribute by posting research questions, providing comments and voting on questions submitted by others.
Have your say: Assessment mechanism for biodiversity and ecosystems
ICSU and DIVERSITAS are working with the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) to collect the views of the scientific community on a proposal for a new Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES)—an assessment mechanism similar to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Contribute your views by completing the online questionnaire by 13 September.
Security vetting procedures and the Principle of Universality
ICSU's Committee on Freedom and Responsibility in the conduct of Science has reaffirmed the position on discriminatory practices in a letter to Members and Regional Offices. The letter follows CFRS's consideration of two situations involving Iranian and Palestinian scientists.
World Climate Conference-3
The World Climate Conference-3 (WCC-3) will take place in Geneva, Switzerland, 31 August - 4 September. WCC-3, co-sponsored by ICSU, will identify the essential elements of a global framework for meeting the future climate information needs of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and will lay the foundation for ‘Better climate information for a better future’.
A Vision for Earth System Research: Have Your Say
ICSU has launched an online consultation to gather questions that will help direct the future of Earth system research. ICSU invites the scientific community—natural and social scientists—as well as technology experts, decision-makers, and the general public, to contribute. The online consultation is open until 15 August.
Earth system visioning process
ICSU is spearheading a process to engage the scientific community to explore options and to propose implementation steps for a holistic strategy on the Earth system research.
Belmont report: Now available
The report from the analysis of the international research capability to respond to the Belmont Challenge of delivering knowledge to support human action and adaptation to regional environmental change is now available.
Diversitas director honoured by France
Anne Larigauderie, Executive Director of Diversitas, has been honoured by the French government for her work in international science.
Call for nominations: ICSU Executive Board members
ICSU's National Scientific Members and International Scientific Union Members are invited to submit names of candidates for Officers and Ordinary Members of the Executive Board to be elected at the 30th ICSU General Assembly in September 2011. Nominations for Officers are due 26 March, and Ordinary Members 26 July 2011.
Vacancy: Executive Director of ICSU World Data System
ICSU invites applications for the post of Executive Director of the new World Data System International Programme Office located at the National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT) in Japan.
Principles for scientific conduct agreed at research integrity conference
A consensus statement laying out the globally-applicable principles and responsibilities related to research integrity and scientific conduct has been agreed by the 230 participants at the 2nd World Conference on Research Integrity.
Consultation on ICSU's draft strategic plan for 2012-2017
ICSU is currently inviting Members and Interdisciplinary Bodies to provide input to the preliminary draft of the ICSU Strategic Plan for 2012-2017. This is an opportunity for Members and Bodies to have a say on the proposed directions and priorities for ICSU over the next six years. The deadline for input is 18 March 2011.
Reminder: Call for nominations for ICSU Executive Board members
ICSU's National Scientific Members and International Scientific Union Members are reminded that nominations for Ordinary Members of the Executive Board are due on 26 July.
A new beginning for ICSU Regional Office in Latin America
The new offices for the ICSU Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean (ROLAC) have been inaugurated in Mexico City at the Mexican Academy of Sciences (AMC).
Global environmental change programmes appoint new Scientific Chairs
New Scientific Committee chairs have been appointed to two of ICSU’s global environmental change programmes—the International Human Dimensions Programme on Global Environmental Change (IHDP) and the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme (IGBP).
Making the case for international data sharing
The case for international data sharing, particularly overcoming challenges in developing countries, took centre stage at an international symposium that took place in Washington DC in April.
Earth System Sustainability Initiative: Transition Team membership and FAQs available
What are goals and criteria for the new Earth System Sustainability Initiative arising from the Visioning process? Who are the members of the committee that will lead its design phase? How will the design phase progress? Answers to these and other Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) have been published on the ICSU website.
IRDR programme to have new Scientific Chair
The next Scientific Committee Chair for the Integrated Research on Disaster Risk (IRDR) programme has been named
Global Data for Global Science
The World Data System Scientific Committee is pleased to invite WDS Members and interested parties to 'Global Data for Global Science', the first ICSU World Data System Conference which will be held in Kyoto, 3-6 September 2011 .
Canadian climate change expert elected future President
Gordon McBean, an internationally recognized meteorologist and climate change expert, was named as the future President of the International Council for Science (ICSU) at the conclusion of the 30th ICSU General Assembly in Rome on 30 September. He is set to succeed the current ICSU President, Yuan Tseh Lee, in October 2014, and will be the first Canadian to take up this office.
New directions agreed at the ICSU General Assembly
Over 300 people took part in the 30th ICSU General Assembly in Rome, 27 -30 September and approved the Strategic Plan for the next six years.
DFG chief announces global sustainability initiatives with ICSU
In the course of his Guest Lecture at the opening of the 30th General Assembly of ICSU in Rome, Professor Matthias Kleiner, President of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG), the German Research Foundation, announced two projects that DFG would sponsor and organize jointly with ICSU.
ICSU unveils new interactive website
ICSU today unveiled its new interactive website, designed and built from the ground up. The new website has streamlined navigation, new functions, better tools and a new visual design—making it easier for you to find the information you need.
Vacancy: Web Editor-Science Communications Officer
The International Council for Science (ICSU) is seeking a Web Editor-Science Communications Officer for an 18-month period, starting in January 2012 or as soon as possible.
Report on Urban Health and Wellbeing appears
ICSU publishes a Science Plan on the basis of which the 30th General Assembly decided to launch a major new, interdisciplinary initiative on Urban Health and Wellbeing
ICSU’s new Strategic Plan published
Approved by the 30th General Assembly in Rome, the full text of the ICSU Strategic Plan II, 2012-2017 is now available.
ICSU President-Elect awarded Science for Peace prize
Professor Yuan-Tseh Lee, ICSU’s President-Elect, was awarded the Ettore Majorana Erice Science for Peace Award for his efforts in promoting science in the international community. The award was conferred at a ceremony in Rome on 31 January.
30th General Assembly of ICSU
The website for the 30th General Assembly of ICSU is now open. The website provides delegates with information about the programme as well as practical information.
Visioning: Towards a new initiative for global sustainability research
The Earth System Visioning process concluded in February with participants at the third and final meeting agreeing on key elements for a new initiative that will address the Grand Challenges for Earth System Science—delivering knowledge to enable societies to meet their sustainable development goals in the next decade.
Polar research boosts understanding of our climate & global environment
The largest coordinated research project ever undertaken into the Arctic and Antarctic regions yielded a treasure trove of information which will shape our understanding of the polar regions, global oceans, climate and climate change for decades ahead, according to a summary of the research released today.
Request for input: ICSU foresight “success scenario”
ICSU National and Union Members, Associates, Interdisciplinary Bodies and Regional Offices are invited to submit inputs. Deadline for receipt of comments is 16 December 2011.
Calls for nominations: Policy committees
ICSU National and Union Members, Interdisciplinary Bodies and Associate Members are invited to submit nominations for members of two ICSU Committees: the Committee on Scientific Planning and Review (CSPR) and the Committee on Freedom and Responsibility in the conduct of Science (CFRS).
Freedom and responsibility blog: entries open for comments
The freedom and responsibility portal includes a blog that gives ICSU Members and the wider science community a possibility to comment on ICSU's activities in this realm.
Climate Research in the Next Decade of Earth System Research
Professor Deliang Chen—ICSU Executive Director—gave a keynote opening speech at the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP) Open Science Conference, and was featured in a conference interview.
Nobel Prize laureate Lee takes over as new President of ICSU
Yuan Tseh Lee, a leading chemist from China: Taipei, took office as the new President of the International Council for Science (ICSU) at the conclusion of the organization’s 30th General Assembly last week in Rome.
Integrated Research on Disaster Risk (IRDR) conference concludes
The IRDR kick-off conference devoted to Disaster Risk: Integrating Science and Practice came to a successful end on Wednesday 2 November in Beijing.
ICSU Foresight Analysis featured in Nature
An article in a recent issue of Nature (Vol. 479, 24 November 2011) reflects on the scenarios developed as part of the ICSU Foresight process and suggests the need for better engagement between disciplines and with the public.
ICSU Foresight Analysis report appears
The first of two reports describing the ICSU Foresight Analysis is now available. Published in electronic form only, Report 1 describes the analysis carried out under Phases 1 and 2 of a process that has engaged the ICSU community in an important long-term planning exercise—exploring the future of international science in 20 years’ time.
Towards a framework for Future Earth
The second meeting of the Transition Team, the committee designing ‘Future Earth – research for global sustainability’, was held on 9-11 December 2011 in San Francisco. As outlined in the meeting summary, further progress was achieved in defining a conceptual framework, a research strategy and a governance for Future Earth.
World Data System names its new Executive Director
Mustapha Mokrane has been appointed as Executive Director of WDS and Head of its newly established International Programme Office.
Report now available: ICSU-UNESCO Regional Science and Technology workshops
The synthesis report from the ICSU-UNESCO Rio+20 Regional Science and Technology workshops is now available, giving overarching and regional recommendations for Rio+20.
Declaration of the Budapest World Science Forum 2011
The recently held Fifth World Science Forum 2011 ‘on a New Era of Global Science’, hosted in Budapest on 17-19 November 2011 by the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, adopted a Declaration at its concluding session.
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