The latest from the International Science Council
August 2019
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Experts on biodiversity are invited to assist with processes of The Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES). IPBES is currently seeking knowledge holders to assist with the scoping of a thematic assessment of the interlinkages among biodiversity, water, food and health. A call for nominations is open now - those interested are encouraged to apply by 15 October. IPBES has also opened the External Review for the first order draft of the chapters of the thematic assessment on the sustainable use of wild species - reviewers can now register online. 
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Back in January 2019, we launched a series of interviews about scientific publishing and open access. The debate was sparked by the publication in September 2018 of ‘Plan S’ – the European Commission initiative to ensure that from 1 January 2020, all scientific publications reporting on the results of publicly funded research are immediately available in Open Access. We've collated some of the key talking points on scientific publishing here.
The 2019 Stein Rokkan Prize for Comparative Social Science Research has been awarded to Andreas Wimmer, Columbia University, in recognition of his book Nation Building: Why Some Countries Come Together While Others Fall Apart, published by Princeton University Press in 2018. The prize is presented by the International Science Council (ISC), the University of Bergen, Norway, and the European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR). 
The Global Ocean Observing System Programme (GOOS) is looking for six new and enthusiastic members to join its Steering Committee. GOOS have just launched the Global Ocean Observing System 2030 Strategy, and the real work of making this ambitious strategy come to life starts now. This is an opportunity to work towards and shape the future Global Ocean Observing System. Expressions of interest should be submitted by 30 September 2019.
Discussion on the future of cities is often framed by the transformative role of technology. Yet while technology and innovation have roles to play in both the global North and South, they cannot be transferred from one context to the next with the same results, says Zarina Patel in a new blog for the World Economic Forum. Drawing on knowledge from the ISC LIRA2030 Africa programme, Zarina argues that reorienting the discussion on the future of cities to the interfaces between science and policy could provide a better understanding of urban change.
The ISC is greatly concerned about the treatment of Dr Ahmadreza Djalali, a physician, lecturer and internationally renowned expert in disaster medicine and emergency response, currently incarcerated and sentenced to death in Iran. Daya Reddy, President of the ISC and Chair of its Committee for Freedom and Responsibility in Science, has issued a statement calling for Dr Djalali's release.

Partnerships for Small Island Developing States (SIDS): Webinar for the Scientific Community

The United Nations and the International Science Council (ISC) invite you to join a special webinar for the scientific community taking place on 4 September. Key topics for the webinar will be:

  • The SAMOA Pathway for SIDS and its High-Level Review
  • Sustainable Development Goal priorities and opportunities for partnership
  • Opportunities to engage in September 2019 and beyond

United Nations September Summits - meet and greet opportunities

The ISC will be represented at the UN Climate and SDG Summits during September 2019 in New York, through its leadership team and as co-convenor with the World Federation of Engineering Organizations of the Scientific and Technological Community Major Group. More information can be found on the ISC website

Will you or your representatives be in New York in September for the 74th UN General Assembly, Climate Action Summit or the High Level Political Forum SDG Summit? ISC President, Daya Reddy, ISC CEO, Heide Hackmann and ISC Special Envoy for Science in Global Policy Flavia Schlegel will be attending meetings during 21 - 23 September. If you would like to informally meet with the ISC's leadership during this time, please contact 

From our community...

The International Union of Biological Sciences (IUBS) celebrated its centenary in Oslo, Norway, with a special event on unifying biology and 33rd General Assembly. A new Executive Committee was appointed, with L.S. Shashidhara (India) as IUBS President. During the meeting the ISC-funded initiative 'Trans-disciplinary Research Oriented Pedagogy for Improving Climate Studies and Understanding' (TROP ICSU) launched a new website bringing together all of its educational resources, and there was a decision to continue with the project beyond the current funding period. 

The Scientific Committee on Oceanic Research (SCOR) has announced the appointment of Patricia Miloslavich as the next Executive Director of SCOR. Welcome Patricia!

Meet the Council and its members at these upcoming events...

International Transdisciplinarity Conference 2019: Joining Forces for Change
10-13 Sep 2019
Gothenburg, Sweden

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OceanObs' 19
16-20 Sep 2019
Honolulu, Hawaii, USA
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