News and Opportunities from the International Science Council

Some of these reports, activities and opportunities could certainly be of interest to members of ICIAM or to their individual members. If you feel that people in your networks could be interested, you can circulate the information.

1) Global Call to co-design and embark on Pilot Science Missions for Sustainability.

The ISC has launched its Global Call on Science Missions for Sustainability! This is an exciting opportunity for innovative, collaborative, and diverse consortia to co-design and pioneer groundbreaking Science Missions to tackle complex sustainability challenges head-on. #SDGs

Information sessions
Virtual Q&A sessions will be held on

  • 25 April, 13:00 – 14:00 UTC
  • 26 April, 07:00 – 08:00 UTC 

if you are interested, please register for your preferred session at https://council.science/events/mission-science-information-sessions/.

2) Publication of the discussion paper “Science organizations in the digital age”, which synthesizes findings from a survey, interviews, and case studies involving ISC Members. It serves as both a current reflection of the digital status in the science community and a guide for organizations embarking on their digital transition journeys: https://council.science/current/blog/how-are-science-organizations-faring-in-the-digital-age/.

3) The ISC Centre for Science Futures has secured a grant by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) of Canada worth over one million dollars to explore the impacts of AI on science systems in the Global South. The funds will serve to develop first-hand knowledge on transformations of STI systems propelled by AI and other new technologies, and to explore with key science organizations, particularly in the Global South, how to enhance their visibility, build strong coalitions and take advantage of technological advancements: https://council.science/current/news/idrc-grant-science-global-south/.

Fo those interested, there will be a related Zoom session on 30 April at 12:00 pm UTC, brought to you by the ISC Early and Mid-Career Researchers Forum, to discuss the recent reports “Preparing National Research Ecosystems for AI: Strategies and Progress in 2024” and “Science Organizations in the Digital Age”. We will also explore an updated version of last year’s AI paper, “A guide for policy-makers: Evaluating rapidly developing technologies including AI, large language models and beyond” to be released in the last week of April. If interested in this, please register via: https://council.science/events/isc-emcr-forum-april/.

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