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CO2 rise heightens concern over vulnerability of polar regions

<p>The news that global concentrations of atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) increased last year has heightened concern about the vulnerability of polar regions amongst scientists managing <a href="">International Polar Year</a> (IPY) 2007-2008. IPY is co-sponsored by the International Council for Science (ICSU) and the <a href="">World Meteorological Organization</a> (WMO).</p>


Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia inaugurates ICSU’s Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific

<p>The Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia, Y.A.B. Dato’ Seri Najib Tun Abdul Razak, officially inaugurated a new Regional Office for the International Council of Science (ICSU) today. The inauguration ceremony took place at the Palace of Golden Horses in Kuala Lumpur and was attended by over 200 guests from all over the world, including Malaysia’s Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation.</p>


ICSU hosts conference on hazards and disasters

<p>Building on an initiative launched last year, the International Council for Science (ICSU) today held its first conference on environmental hazards and disasters. The conference, which took place in conjunction with the official inauguration of ICSU’s Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific, addressed how science could be used to prevent natural and human-induced hazards from becoming catastrophic events. <a href="">UNESCO</a>, through its Regional Office for Science in Jakarta, and the <a href="">Academy of Sciences of Malaysia</a> co-sponsored the conference.</p>


Back to the Future: 75 Years of International Scientific Collaboration

<p>On 11 July 2006 the International Council for Science (ICSU) celebrates its 75th anniversary. Originally founded by a small number of Science Academies from the Western World, ICSU has grown into a worldwide organisation representing over a hundred countries and numerous disciplines. During this period, it has had a major impact on international and interdisciplinary research collaboration, on the integration of science into policy development, and on protecting the freedoms of scientists. After three years of intensive consultation, ICSU has now published its new strategy for 2006-2011. This builds on ICSU’s historical strengths and identifies a number of important priorities for future international interdisciplinary collaboration.</p>


International Council for Science expresses grave concern over visa policies and vetting practices for scientists visiting the USA

<p>Officers from the International Council for Science (ICSU) express their grave concern at the hostile treatment which the ICSU President, Goverdhan Mehta received when he applied for a routine visa for the USA at the US Consulate in Chennai, India on 9 February. This incident, during which Professor Mehta – a distinguished chemist – was accused of hiding information relevant to chemical warfare, has been extensively covered by the media in India and in major scientific journals. It clearly illustrates that, despite some progress, all is far from well with regards to the visa policies and associated practices for scientists wishing to enter the USA.</p>


Leading French Scientist elected as future President of the International Council for Science

<p>Catherine Bréchignac, a world reknowned physicist– has been elected as the future President of the International Council for Science (ICSU). Bréchignac is known for her research in the area of nanophysics (sub-microscopic particles), one of the hottest areas of technological development and will face new challenges at the helm of ICSU, which is best-known for its major international programmes on global environmental change at the other end of the research spectrum. However, as a former Director General of the <a href="">Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique</a> (CNRS) – Europe’s largest national research funding agency – she is no stranger to the disciplinary and geographical mix that distinguishes ICSU.</p>


At Pivotal Event in China, the International Council for Science Releases New Strategy to Strengthen International Science for the Benefit of Society

<p>Acknowledging that the world of scientific research has not lived up to its full potential in addressing some of society’s most pressing concerns, including the terrible impact of natural disasters, the International Council for Science (ICSU) today announced at its 28th General Assembly an ambitious plan of action to strengthen international science for the benefit of society. It will focus on interdisciplinary science in key areas of policy uncertainty, including sustainable development, and efforts to mitigate the impact of disasters such as the recent earthquake in Kashmir, Hurricane Katrina and the tsunami in the Indian Ocean. A major international research programme in polar science will provide new insights into planetary processes and how they are influenced by human behaviour.</p>


International Experts Call for New Approach to Ensure Challenges to Data Access and Management Don’t Slow Scientific Progress

<p>Complex changes in data production, distribution and archiving—and issues they raise regarding who pays for data, who preserves it and who has access to it—should prompt an international initiative that ensures current and future scientists worldwide will have the information they need, according to a new report on challenges to data management and access presented today to the International Council for Science (ICSU).</p>


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