January 2023: News from the International Science Council


In this section we will high-light recent events, decisions, calls, and news concerning the International Science Council which the editors of DIANOIA find interesting for its readership.

The World Science Forum was held in early December 2022 in Cape Town, South Africa
On the eve of the Forum, the ISC held the first in a series of Global Knowledge Dialogues, attended by more than 120 Member representatives from 40 countries and from ISC Affiliated Bodies. Participants discussed key issues in governance, capacity strengthening, funding, African knowledge systems, African identity, education, and the specific role of social sciences, and contributed to shaping ideas about how to build an effective presence for the ISC in Africa through a new partnership with Future Africa. A Declaration was made at the closing plenary of the Forum, focusing on its theme of Science for Social Justice. 

The ISC and United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)  to cooperate on advancing the use of science in environmental policy and decision-making:
The ISC and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to support closer cooperation
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Opening doors to global equity in open access:
Recommendations to foster global equity in open access publishing from the first in a series of online workshops.
News & blogs | 2 min read »

Transformations to sustainability through many different lenses:
The final meeting of the Transformations to Sustainability programme was an opportunity to hear the insights of early-career scientists carrying out transdisciplinary research as part of international teams in different settings worldwide.
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ISC statement on the exclusion of women from universities in Afghanistan
Education is critical to the social, cultural, and economic progress of any country and to the wellbeing of its citizens, and the ISC is deeply saddened by the recent decision of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan to ban women from participating in university-level education. We are fully committed to promoting equitable access to education and participation in science in all societies irrespective of their political structure and urge the authorities of Afghanistan to reverse their decision. https://council.science/current/news/afghanistan-women-education/

Call for science-policy briefs for the STI Forum 2023
The 8th Multi-stakeholder Forum on Science, Technology, and Innovation for the Sustainable Development Goals (STI Forum 2023) is calling upon scientists, engineers, economists and policy analysts to contribute science-policy briefs on science and technology issues. Contributions are sought in the areas of 

  • Rapidly emerging frontier technologies and emerging science issues and sustainable development,
  • Lessons for improving the science-policy-society interfaces, and
  • Review of progress in science, technology, and innovation, and looking ahead to 2030 and beyond.

Submission received will be brought to the attention of policy and decision makers and will inform the STI Forum held on 3 – 4 May 2023. The deadline for abstracts is 3 Februaryhttps://council.science/events/sti-forum-2023/.






Maria J. Esteban

Maria J. Esteban is a senior researcher at CNRS and works at the University Paris-Dauphine. Her research area includes nonlinear partial differential equations, especially variational methods. Her term as President of ICIAM ended October 1, 2019.