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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”
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.
ICSU publishes independent mid-term review of Integrated Research on Disaster Risk (IRDR) programme
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.
Scientists and experts gather in Paris to define strategy for a new organization for all sciences
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.
New commentary published: Climate research must sharpen its view
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
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.
Former ICSU President M.G.K. Menon passes away
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.
ICSU at Habitat III: Science, cities and visualization
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
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
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
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.
Extraordinary joint ICSU-ISSC General Assembly opens Monday, 24 October in Oslo, Norway
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
Scientists disappointed with New Urban Agenda agreed on by nations at Habitat III summit
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.
ICSU at Habitat III, the United Nations conference on sustainable urban development
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.
International Council for Science and UNESCO to collaborate on science advice
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
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
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.
Official ceremony to open ICSU Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean in El Salvador
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).
Roger Ridley appointed Executive Secretary of ICSU CFRS
The new Executive Secretary for the ICSU Committee on Freedom and Responsibility in the conduct of Science (CFRS) is Roger Ridley, on secondment from and based at the Royal Society of New Zealand.
Science International launches new website
Scientific organizations worldwide are invited to visit a new website to endorse ‘Open Data in a Big Data World’ – the accord for open access to publicly funded research data developed by Science International.
International Council for Science (ICSU) urges Turkey to restore the Principle of Universality of Science
28 July 2016 — Recalling its Principle of Universality (freedom and responsibility) of Science (Statute 5) and Agenda 2030 (Sustainable Development Goal No. 16), the International Council for Science (ICSU) joins other international and national scientific organizations in expressing grave concern regarding the current situation in Turkey.
Apply now for grants to research the “Energy - Health - Natural Disasters” nexus in African cities
ICSU, together with NASAC and the ISSC, will support 10 research projects across Africa. These projects are expected to generate new solutions-oriented knowledge that will help develop new urban paradigms in Africa and make African cities more resilient, adaptable and healthier. This is the first call in a five-year, 5 million EUR project that seeks to increase the production of high quality, integrated (inter- and transdisciplinary), solutions-oriented research on global sustainability by early career scientists in Africa.
ICSU at the High Level Political Forum: SDGs and the science-policy interface
The annual session of the High-Level Political Forum (HLPF), the deliberating body for sustainable development at the UN, took place in New York from 11-20 July. The International Council for Science led an 8-person scientific delegation to the event, and was an active participant in several events during the week.
Barbara Erazmus receives Chevalier grade of French Legion of Honour
Barbara Erazmus, Treasurer of the ICSU Executive Board, was made chevalier of the Legion of Honour in a ceremony at the Academy of Sciences in Paris last month, in recognition of her scientific achievements in the field of physics.
New ICSU paper published: “A draft framework for understanding SDG interactions”
2016 is the year when the implementation phase of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) really kicks into action. The principle obstacle to implementation at the national level is the complex web of interactions between different goals. To that end, the International Council for Science has just published a new working paper that presents a new tool to analyse and understand interactions between different SDGs.
ICSU Annual Report 2015 now available
2015 was a momentous year, with new international agreements on climate change, sustainable development and disaster risk reduction. ICSU was present in all these processes, convening scientific input and representing the research community. Read all about this and more in our new Annual Report.
ICSU signs a five-year agreement with Sida to work with NASAC and ISSC to support integrated science in Africa
As part of its mission to support integrated, solutions-oriented science globally, the International Council for Science (ICSU) has signed a 5-year agreement with the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) for a 5 million euro programme to strengthen research capacity for sustainability in Africa.
Rajib Shaw appointed Executive Director of the Integrated Research on Disaster Risk programme
Rajib Shaw has been appointed Executive Director of the International Programme Office of the Integrated Research on Disaster Risk (IRDR) programme hosted at the Institute of Remote Sensing and Digital Earth in Beijing. He will assume his position on 1 July.
ICSU at the Science, Technology and Innovation Forum in New York
The United Nations has convened a multi stakeholder Forum to take place from 6-7 June in New York. ICSU's Executive Director will address the Forum, and the Council is also holding a side event.
ICSU signs agreement for new regional office in El Salvador
In an official ceremony on Wednesday, the International Council for Science Executive Director Heide Hackmann signed an agreement with the government of El Salvador which will host the ICSU Regional Office in that country for the next five years, starting August 2016.
International experts submit report on Future of the Seas and Oceans to G7 Science and Technology Ministers meeting in Japan
A special report for policymakers on the oceans and seas has been submitted to the G7 Science and Technology Ministers ahead of their meeting in Tsukuba City, Ibaraki Prefecture in Japan, 15-17 May.
ICSU/CFRS workshop on gender issues in field research
Risks and challenges for women doing field research was the topic of a workshop organized last month in Mexico City by the International Council of Science (ICSU), through its Committee of Freedom and Responsibility in Research (CFRS).
Council's Union Members meet in Paris
The triennial meeting of the International Council for Science's Union Members took place at the Fondation Simone et Cino del Duca in Paris, France on 12-13 April 2016.
ICSU represented at the Habitat III Regional Meeting in Prague
This week, ICSU attended the Habitat III Europe & North America Regional Meeting in Prague, Czech Republic. The meeting, one of five Regional Meetings happening this year, is part of the preparatory process for the UN Habitat III conference on sustainable urbanization, which will take place in Quito, Ecuador from 17-20 October 2016.
IPBES publishes its first assessment on pollinators & food production
On Friday 26 February 2016, IPBES approved its first-ever assessment on pollinators, pollination and food production. The assessment, co-chaired by Simon Potts and Vera Imperatriz-Fonseca, involved over 70 authors and was a result of a two-year study. The assessment’s summary for policymakers highlights that animal pollination plays a vital role for ecosystems and people, and the central role of a large variety of pollinators including bees, moths, butterflies, bats, and many other species.
IPBES meets for fourth plenary, will publish assessments on pollinators; biodiversity scenarios and models
ICSU is represented at the fourth session of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) plenary taking place this week from 22 to 28 February 2016. This session will see an important milestone as IPBES will release its first two assessments: the thematic assessment on pollinators, pollination and food production, and the methodological assessment on scenarios and models of biodiversity and ecosystem services.
Scientists pledge to step up action on the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction
At the UNISDR Science & Technology (S&T) conference held in Geneva on 27-29 January 2016, hundreds of scientists and policymakers pledged to step up action on the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, a 15-year global agreement that aims to curb deaths and economic losses from natural and man-made hazards. ICSU took part in the organization of the conference alongside other partners.
ICSU issues joint statement on need for an international science advisory mechanism for disaster risk reduction
ICSU, in collaboration UKCDS*, the Wellcome Trust, the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) and the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has issued a statement on the need for a science advisory mechanism for disaster risk reduction.
ICSU co-organizes major science conference on disaster risk reduction
The UNISDR Science and Technology Conference on the implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 takes place in Geneva January 27th-29th.
UN Secretary General appoints ICSU Executive Director to special advisory group on the SDGs
ICSU Executive Director Heide Hackmann has been appointed by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon to serve on a special advisory group from civil society, the private sector and the scientific community which will support the Technology Facilitation Mechanism, a key part of the post-2015 architecture for the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals.
A unique event at the cutting edge of virtual reality storytelling, science and technology during COP21
The event connected scientists with the latest virtual reality technology that can bridge the “empathy deficit” that often hinders effective science communications.
Leading science groups urge global accord on open data in a big data world
Science International 2015 launches a campaign for "Open Data in a Big Data World" at Science Forum South Africa in Pretoria
Celebrating the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme (IGBP) at AGU
The International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme (IGBP) closes down with a series of celebrations at the annual meeting of the American Geophysical Union (AGU) at San Francisco from Dec 14-18. After three decades of fostering international collaborative research and synthesis on global change, the scientific projects and networks under IGBP will transition into Future Earth.
On the eve of COP21 in Paris, ICSU releases two new publications on climate change
The two publications are a history of ICSU's involvement in climate change research, and a magazine compiling the most popular stories run on ICSU's Road to Paris blog.
William Paton appointed Executive Director ad interim of IRDR
William Paton has been appointed Executive Director ad interim of the Integrated Research on Disaster Risk (IRDR) programme, effective December 1, 2015. Following the departure of former Executive Director Rudiger Klein in August, Paton will serve for a period of six months pending the appointment of a new Executive Director upon the completion of the review of the programme.
Contributions of the scientific community to the development of the Sustainable Development Goals
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.
2016 to be the International Year of Global Understanding (IYGU)
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
ICSU participates in key UN panels on science and the Sustainable Development Goals
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.
Science assessments and research integrity: reconcilable or antagonistic?
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.”
WMO Congress endorsing WCRP Grand Challenges
At the 17th World Meteorological Organization (WMO) Congress on Friday 29th May, delegates reviewed the achievements of World Climate Research Programme (WCRP).
ICSU calls UN member states to support science and technology for the post-2015 development agenda
ICSU delivered a statement on behalf of the Scientific and Technological Community at informal interactive hearings on the post-2015 development agenda at the UN headquarters in New York on 26-27 May, 2015. The statement was delivered during one of four Roundtable Discussions, this one on Means of Implementation and Global Partnership for Sustainable Development.
3rd ICSU/ISSC/DFG Young Scientists Networking Conference starts in Menaggio, Italy
This week 32 excellent early career researchers from across the globe will meet in Villa Vigoni together with a select group of senior experts to deliberate on the role of science in our society.
Research integrity in science: why it matters
On the occasion of its engagement at the forthcoming World Conference on Research Integrity (WCRI), the ICSU Committee on Freedom and Responsibility in the conduct of Science (CFRS) emphasises the vitality of research integrity. CFRS will also organise a symposium on metrics and their impact on research integrity at the conference in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
ICSU delivers statement at UN Interactive Dialogue with Major Groups
Delivered during the ongoing Intergovernmental Negotiations on the post-2015 development agenda at the UN in New York, the statement highlighted the important role of science in setting up an effective review process for the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) framework.
Call for nominations for the Integrated Research on Disaster Risk (IRDR) programme's Science Committee
Nominations are currently being sought for the governing body of this global, multi-disciplinary and multi-sectoral initiative addressing challenges and risks brought on by natural and human-induced hazards in an integrated fashion.
Future Earth interim secretariat closes
The interim secretariat of Future Earth has now completed its work and handed over all activities to the globally distributed Secretariat that will be in place for the next 10 years. It will close today.
ICSU Past-President Yuan-Tseh Lee attends Vatican climate change summit
Former ICSU President Yuan-Tseh Lee attended a summit in the Vatican yesterday on the topic of “Protect the Earth, Dignify Humanity”. The goal of the meeting was to raise awareness and build a consensus that the values of sustainable development cohere with values of the leading religious traditions, with a special focus on the most vulnerable.
Science an important theme at post-2015 negotiations in New York
ICSU, as one of the organizing partners of the Scientific and Technological Community Major Group, led a delegation of scientists to take part in a series of meetings, workshops and side events which took place at the UN in New York at and on the sidelines of the intergovernmental negotiations on the post-2015 development agenda.
Science and the SDGs: ICSU leads a delegation to attend meetings in New York this week
As part of the ongoing intergovernmental negotiations on the post-2015 development agenda, there will be a meeting at the UN in New York this week to discuss means of implementation and global partnership for sustainable development , which are key themes for the scientific community.
ICSU at WCDRR: A successful week for science in disaster risk reduction
The Third World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction closed today in Sendai, Japan, with negotiations coming to a successful conclusion after a contentious deliberations marathon than ran through the night and into the evening of March 18.
Statement by the Science and Technology Community Major Group at the Sendai conference
On the third day of the World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in Sendai, Japan, David Johnston, chair of the IRDR Science Committee, delivered the official statement of the Science and Technology Major Group to the conference.
ICSU at WCDRR: “Applying Science and Technology to Disaster Risk Reduction Decision-making”
Day two of the World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in Sendai, Japan featured a working session on how to apply science and technology to disaster risk reduction decision-making.
ICSU and ISSC release “Review of Targets for the Sustainable Development Goals: The Science Perspective“
The International Council for Science, in partnership with the International Social Science Council, released a new report today which provides an independent review of the 169 targets under the proposed Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which are set to be approved at the General Assembly of the UN in September.
Launch event for SDGs review held at UN in New York
The International Council for Science, in partnership with ISSC, organized an event during the second intergovernmental negotiations session on the Post-2015 Development Agenda that took place at the United Nations in New York on 17-20 February 2015.
Paul Shrivastava named Executive Director of Future Earth
The International Council for Science (ICSU), on behalf of the Science & Technology Alliance for Global Sustainability, announced today the appointment of Paul Shrivastava as Executive Director of Future Earth.
Third Plenary of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) concludes
The third plenary of IPBES was held between the 12th and 17th January 2015 in Bonn, Germany.
Tokyo Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction and Resilience concludes
The Tokyo Conference on International Study for Disaster Risk Reduction and Resilience which took place Jan 14-16 was co-organized by IRDR, the Science Council of Japan (SCJ), the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) and Tokyo University.
ICSU organizes side event at UN High Level Political Forum
The International Council for Science organized, together with UN-DESA and UNEP, a side event this week at the meeting of the High-Level Political Forum in New York focusing on the importance of science in the SDGs for monitoring progress and achieving the goals.
Future Earth to get globally distributed secretariat
Future Earth, the new international programme for global sustainability which brings together thousands of the world’s leading researchers on global environmental change, will have a new secretariat with a unique and innovative structure that spans three continents.
Second session of the High-Level Political Forum on sustainable development
The second session of the High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) on sustainable development will be held at the United Nations in New York from 30 June to 7 July 2014. ICSU will be organizing a side event on the strengthening of science-policy links and provide both written and oral input to the discussions of the Forum.
2nd young scientists networking conference on the future of the green economy
Last week, 30 excellent young scientists from across the globe met at Villa Vigoni, Italy with an interdisciplinary team of leading senior scientists to advance integrative research and knowledge on societies’ transition towards a green economy.
Franz Gatzweiler to be Executive Director of Urban Health programme
Dr Franz Gatzweiler has been appointed Executive Director of the International Programme Office (IPO) of ICSU’s Urban Health programme. He will take up his new role in October 2014 at the IPO, hosted at the Institute of Urban Environment (IUE) in the city of Xiamen in southern China.
ICSU organized meeting on collaboration between development and global environmental change communities
On 5-6 May 2014, the International Council for Science (ICSU) in partnership with the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) convened a meeting at the Soweto campus of the University of Johannesburg to enhance collaboration between the development aid and the global environmental change (GEC) communities to achieve development goals in Africa.
Future Earth launches online consultation on research priorities
Future Earth is undertaking a community consultation to identify the most important and most critical challenges for global change science to address in the next 5 years.
Scientists discuss science assessments and research integrity at Beijing workshop
The ICSU Committee on Freedom and Responsibility in the conduct of Science (CFRS), together with the China Association for Science and Technology (CAST) and the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), held a workshop this week on the topic of "Science Assessment and Research Integrity", exploring how different methods of research assessment can be used to incentivize integrity in the conduct of science. The workshop had a special focus on the situation in emerging and rapidly developing science systems, such as China, Brazil and South Africa.
Future Earth website launched
Future Earth, the new 10-year global change research programme, has just launched a new website.
IRDR DATA Project Publishes Peril Classification and Hazard Glossary
The Integrated Research on Disaster Risk (IRDR) programme has recently published its Peril Classification and Hazard Glossary, which summarises the agreement on peril classifications and hazard definitions by members of the IRDR Disaster Loss Data (DATA) Project Working Group.
ICSU to convene major global summit of science advisors in New Zealand
In a landmark event for the international science-policy interface, ICSU is convening a major global summit of leading practitioners of high-level science advice to governments. Dedicated to an examination of the current and future state of the practice, the two-day meeting will be hosted and chaired by Sir Peter Gluckman, Chief Science Advisor to the Prime Minister of New Zealand.
Report on Review of CODATA published
The report of a review carried out by ICSU on the Committee on Data for Science and Technology (CODATA) and its activities has been published in electronic form.
Concerns about visas for scientists to attend international scientific meetings
The Council is concerned that measures taken by some national authorities are making the visa application process unpleasant, drawn out, obscure, expensive and unpredictable. In some countries, this has become a significant obstacle to the holding of international scientific meetings.
SDGs: Oceans and Biodiversity are vital goals
The eighth session of the UN General Assembly’s Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is underway in New York this week. Among the themes of this session were oceans, seas, forests and biodiversity.
2014 is the International Year of Crystallography
The International Year of Crystallography, an ICSU-endorsed international year, was launched at UNESCO last week. It is coordinated by UNESCO and the International Union of Crystallography (IUCr), a member of ICSU since 1947, and brings together many of ICSU’s Scientific Unions. It aims to raise public awareness of a little-known discipline that studies the composition and structure of crystals.
ICSU in 2013 – Year in Review
2013 was a landmark year for Future Earth, but ICSU, led by its Executive Board, was also busy on many other fronts. We would like to thank everyone who has contributed to making this such a successful year. Here are some highlights from 2013.
Call for applications: Young scientists networking conference
The second DFG/ICSU/ISSC Young Scientists Networking Conference on Integrated Science, on the topic of "Ecosystems and human wellbeing in the green economy," will be held at Villa Vigoni, Italy, from May 25-31, 2014.
Urban Health and Well-Being International Programme Office to be hosted in Xiamen, China
ICSU announced today that its new research programme on Urban Health and Wellbeing will be hosted at the Institute of Urban Environment (IUE) in the city of Xiamen in southern China. The institute was selected to host the International Programme Office after an open competition.
Oceans Acidification expert assessment launched at UNFCCC COP-19
In a major new international report launched today at the UNFCCC COP-19 in Warsaw, experts conclude that the acidity of the world’s ocean may increase by around 170% by the end of the century bringing significant economic losses.
Final report of the Future Earth Transition Team published
Future Earth has just published the final report of the Transition Team, the group of experts that led the initial design of the research initiative on global sustainability.
ICSU convenes meeting between research and international development communities
Next week, on 5-6 May 2014, the International Council for Science, in partnership with the Swedish International Development and Cooperation Agency, will convene a meeting in Johannesburg, South Africa, to enhance collaboration between the development aid and the global environmental change research (GEC) communities to achieve development goals in Africa.
New head of IRDR appointed
ICSU is pleased to announce the appointment of a new Executive Director of its Integrated Research on Disaster Risk programme (IRDR).
Disaster risk conference kicks off in China
The Second Integrated Research on Disaster Risk (IRDR) Conference opened today, 7 June, at the Beijing International Convention Centre in central Beijing.
New video: 2014 Young Scientists' Networking Conference
Early career scientists discuss their perspective on a greener economy. A brief video from the 2014 Future Earth Young Scientists' Networking Conference at Villa Vigoni, Italy.
Ameenah Gurib-Fakim becomes President of Mauritius
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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