International Science Council and its Global Knowledge Dialogue 

International Science Council and its Global Knowledge Dialogue 

The International Science Council (ISC) was launched in 2018 following a merger of the International Council for Sciences (ICSU), which was created in 1931, and the International Social Science Council (ISSC), created in 1952. The ISC’s vision is of science as a global public good. Its mission is to be the global voice for science: a trusted voice that speaks for the value of all Science, everywhere. The ISC works at the global level to catalyse and convene scientific expertise, advice and influence on issues of major concern to both science and society. The ISC has a growing global membership that brings together over 220 organizations by 2023, including international scientific unions and associations from the natural and social sciences, and national and regional scientific organizations such as academies and research councils. The International Council for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (ICIAM) has been a member of ICSU since 2011 and a member of ISC science 2018. 

The ISC’s Action Plan 2022-2024 sets out a framework for impactful activities across the following five domains:

  • Global Sustainability, 
  • Converging Science and Technology in a Digital Era,
  • Science in Policy and Public Discourse,
  • Changing Practice in Science and Science Systems,
  • Freedom and Responsibility in Science.

For more information about ISC, please refer to: https://council.science/

The Global Knowledge Dialogue (GKD) is a series of events convened by ISC in the various regions of the world, starting in Africa in 2022 at the World Science Forum, continued in 2023 in Europe and Asia-Pacific as well as Latin-America-Caribbean in 2024. The aim of the series is to secure a powerful global voice for science by engaging the ISC membership and fostering international scientific collaboration between governments, scientists, research funders, the private sector and civil society. 

On October 6, 2023, the ISC Global Knowledge Dialogue (GKD) for Asia and the Pacific was held at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Center, Malaysia during the 2023 International Greentech & Eco Products Exhibition & Conference (IGEM). It serves to strengthen the voice of science in the Asia and the Pacific Region and works towards developing the actionable pathways that advance science as a global public good. More than 140 Member representatives from 30 countries attended the dialogue.

The programme of the ISC Asia-Pacific Global Knowledge Dialogue includes

  • Welcome Remarks by Professor Hazami Habib, CEO of the Academy of Sciences Malaysia, Professor Tengku Mohd Azzman Shariffadeen, President Academy of Sciences Malaysia, and Professor Chennupati Jagadish, President Australian Academy of Science (Represented by Prof Frances Separovic). 
  • Ministerial Address by Mr. Yang Berhormat Datuk Arthur Joseph Kurup, Deputy Minister of Science, Technology, and Innovation Malaysia.
  • Part I: ISC Advancing Planetary Health in the Multilateral Space.
  • Part II: Opportunities and Challenges for the 2030 Agenda through scientific diplomacy, scientific advice and new technologies.
  • Part III: The ISC in a regional context: A dialogue looking at key priorities areas for strengthening science systems and the role of an ISC regional focal point.
  • Part IV: Next steps for the Regional Focal Point of Asia and the Pacific – turning dialogue into action.

Two GKD pre-events were held on October 5, 2023:

  • Freedoms and Responsibilities in Science Round Table (for ISC Member delegates)
  • ISC Young Academies and Associations Roundtable.

The ISC Global Knowledge Dialogue for Asia and the Pacific was hosted by the International Science Council (ISC), the Academy of Sciences Malaysia (ASM) and the ISC Regional Focal Point for Asia and the Pacific (ISC RFP-AP) at the Australian Academy of Science. 

Nominated by the ICIAM President, Professor Wil Schilders, I attended the ISC Asia-Pacific Global Knowledge Dialogue and its pre-event Freedoms and Responsibilities in Science Round Table as a representative of ICIAM. During the event, I chatted and interacted with many participants and tried my best to strengthen the voice of industrial and applied mathematics in the Asia and the Pacific Region and beyond. 

For more information, please refer to: https://council.science/events/gkd-asia-pacific/

Author: 

Weizhu Bao

Weizhu Bao is Professor of Mathematics at the National University of Singapore. His interests include quantum physics, chemistry and materials science, especially Bose-Einstein condensation and highly oscillatory partial differential equations.
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