Dear IAG members


With apologies for any cross-posting – here are several news items and suggestions for nominations from the International Science Council (which includes the Social Sciences).  You may like to share these with your community.


Best regards


Iain Hay



From: International Science Council <>
Sent: Thursday, July 16, 2020 9:45 PM
Subject: Updates and deadlines for ISC Members


To: All Members of the International Science Council (ISC) 

Dear ISC Member,
Please allow me to inform you about the latest ISC initiatives, opportunities for participation and upcoming deadlines, which are outlined below. 

1. ISC 2019 Annual Report

Last week, we released our 2019 Annual Report featuring the Council’s activities and impact during its first full year of operation: If you have not yet had a chance to look at the report, I kindly invite you to browse the online version using the menu items on the left-hand side of the web page, which provides additional audio-visual content and links to the latest updates. Please consider sharing the link to the report with your colleagues and networks.

2. Webinar: Join the launch of the new scientific report on hazards

The ISC will partner with the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR) on Wednesday, 29 July, at 08:00 (EDT/New York), 14:00 (CEST/Geneva) and 19:00 (ICT/Bangkok) for a joint webinar: "Unpacking hazards: Launch of a new scientific report on hazards definition for the Sendai Framework" will launch and present the final UNDRR/ISC Sendai Hazard Definition and Classification Review Technical Report to address the narrative of hazards relevant to the Sendai Framework. Along with the Integrated Research on Disaster Risk (IRDR), we will discuss user value and next steps to enable policy- and other decision-makers to apply and implement the recommendations of the report. Please register in advance via

3. INGSA Global Week of Dialogue with key note speaker Dr Soumya Swaminathan

The International Network for Government Science Advice (INGSA) Global Week of Dialogue will be held as an online conference from 14 - 18 September 2020 with the theme "Science Advice & COVID-19: What are we learning?". INGSA is running the Global Week of Dialogue across time zones around the world to shed light on real-time lessons from the global pandemic that jurisdictions and the multi-lateral system can draw on to improve their potential for better outcomes in the immediate, medium and long term. A full schedule of events relevant to your time zone is available here:

4. Encourage early-career scientists with relevant experience to nominate for the Executive Committee of the Scientific Committee on Oceanic Research

For some of our newer members, the Scientific Committee on Oceanic Research (SCOR) is an international non-governmental organization with the vision to advance international ocean research by stimulating international cooperation in ocean sciences. The SCOR is governed by an Executive Committee, which is seeking a new generation of early-career scientists to serve on its committee. Time is of the essence - applications close tomorrow, 17 July 2020. More information:

5. Contribute to the Review of the Report for the IPBES Transformative Change Assessment

With reference to the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) notification EM/2020/4, the draft scoping report for the transformative change assessment (thematic assessment of the underlying causes of biodiversity loss and the determinants of transformative change and options for achieving the 2050 vision for biodiversity) is open for external review. The aim of the review is to increase the policy relevance of the scoping report by engaging governments and stakeholders early in the process of defining the policy questions that this assessment will address. Deadline for contributions: 28 August 2020. More information:

6. Apply for a leadership position with the Southern Ocean Observing System Regional Working Group

The Southern Ocean Observing System (SOOS) is calling for nominations for the regional working group Weddell Sea and Dronning Maud Land (WS-DML), which aims to facilitate coordinated and standardized observational studies of major physical, chemical and biological variables including their drivers and interactions. The working group strives to increase the quality of the science output and strengthen the awareness of the relevance of research in the WS-DML sector of the Southern Ocean through international projects contributing to SOOS. Particularly researchers in the fields of biology, biogeochemistry and sea ice are encouraged to apply. Deadline for applications: 15 September 2020. More information:

7. Knowledge sharing session: Online conferences, webinars and meetings

As an implication of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and with the scientific community’s eye on sustainable practices, annual conferences and small meetings alike have moved online. The new format poses numerous technical and organizational challenges, but it also offers opportunities – for reaching wider audiences, reducing the carbon footprint of conference travel, and improving diversity and equity. We kindly invite our members to share with each other their experience with virtual meetings and respective service providers as well as “lessons learned” and best practice guidelines to successful online meetings and conferences. Please consider sending me your contributions, which will be made available on the ISC Membership Notice Board (

In addition, we will aim to facilitate a webinar and virtual knowledge sharing session towards the end of September to learn more about how to successfully convene online meetings. Please let me know should you be interested to attend this webinar and if you would be able to share with the participants your experience with online meetings during this session.

8. Small Island Developing States Liaison Committee appointed

The ISC sincerely thanks all of its members who have submitted nominations for the Small Island Developing States (SIDS) Liaison Committee. All nominations were reviewed carefully and eight candidates were selected to serve on the committee to ensure that representation of the SIDS scientific community is strengthened across the Council’s activities:

Thank you for your continued support and please do not hesitate to contact me at any time. 

With kind regards,

Anne Thieme | Administration and Membership Liaison Officer
International Science Council (ISC) | 
Paris, France

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