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The ISC Regional Focal Point for Asia and the Pacific, operating until 2028, aims to ensure that the unique needs and priorities of the region are integrated into the global scientific dialogue.

Strategic Plan

The report outlines the strategy to realize the RFP’s mission to amplify the voice of science within and beyond the region, encompassing countries from South Asia, East Asia, South-East Asia, and the Oceania.

The ISC RFP-AP will align its programmes and activities with ISC Statutes, strategic plans and the themes in the Unleashing Science and Flipping the Science Model reports. The Regional Focal Point will implement two flagship programmes tailored to the priorities and needs of the region, one focusing on Asia and one focusing on the Pacific.

Additional activities will be designed, emphasizing the importance of ‘how to better integrate and elevate the voice of science’ in achieving sustainability goals. Programmes and activities will be developed around three pillars: knowledge generation, capacity building, and science communication and translation.

Pacific academy of sciences

Recognizing the need to assist science and scholarship in the Pacific and to support new academies of sciences in underserved regions, the ISC and the Regional Focal Point attracted initial funding and support to launch the process through a regional consultation with Pacific scholars, funders and decision-makers.

Following the success of the event and an overwhelming support for the Pacific academy, the ISC continued to facilitate the efforts to establish the academy.

Asia-Pacific Academic Mentoring Program

The ISC Regional Focal Point for Asia and the Pacific is facilitating a mentoring programme to connect Early Career Researchers with senior science mentors to guide young scientists from developing nations within the region to become future leaders in academia.

The first round of the mentoring programme commences in September 2024 and will run for one year. Future rounds of the programme will expand to include mentees from least-developed nations in Asia.

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