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Polar year comes to a close

<p>The <a href="">International Polar Year</a> 2007–2008 (IPY), the largest polar research and education venture ever undertaken, will formally come to a close at a ceremony in Oslo on Saturday 12 June—the final day of the IPY Oslo Science Conference.</p>


China to host new international disaster research programme

<p>The International Council for Science (ICSU) today announced that China will host the office of the new international programme, <a href="">Integrated Research on Disaster Risk</a> (IRDR). The International Programme Office for IRDR will be established in Beijing at the Headquarters of the <a href="">Center for Earth Observation and Digital Earth</a> (CEODE)—the first time an international office of this type has been hosted in Asia.</p>


A vision for Earth system research: Have your say

<p>The International Council for Science (ICSU) has launched an online consultation to gather questions that will help direct the future of Earth system research. ICSU invites the scientific community—natural and social scientists—as well as technology experts, decision-makers, and the general public, to contribute by visiting , until 15 August 2009.</p>


Polar research reveals new evidence of global environmental change

<p>Multidisciplinary research from the <a href="">International Polar Year</a> (IPY) 2007-2008 provides new evidence of the widespread effects of global warming in the polar regions. Snow and ice are declining in both polar regions, affecting human livelihoods as well as local plant and animal life in the Arctic, as well as global ocean and atmospheric circulation and sea level. These are but a few findings reported in “State of Polar Research”, released today by the <a href="">World Meteorological Organization</a> (WMO) and the International Council for Science (ICSU). In addition to lending insight into climate change, IPY has aided our understanding of pollutant transport, species’ evolution, and storm formation, among many other areas.</p>


Upcoming release of new evidence about change in the polar regions

<p>A milestone in our understanding of the Earth system is the <a href="">International Polar Year</a> (IPY) 2007-2008, a joint initiative of the <a href="">World Meteorological Organization</a> (WMO) and the International Council for Science (ICSU). Thousands of scientists from over 60 countries have carried out over 160 research and outreach projects, which advance our understanding in many areas, including global climate change. New insights in polar knowledge resulting from this historical undertaking will be made public at a ceremony at WMO headquarters on 25 February 2009, where the “State of Polar Research”, a succinct report with preliminary findings of IPY will be released. This will be preceded by a press conference at the Palais des Nations.</p>


IPY Polar Day Focusing Above the Polar Regions

<p>On December 4 2008, the <a href="">International Polar Year</a> 2007-8 (IPY) will launch its seventh ‘International Polar Day’ focusing on research Above the Polar Regions, including meteorology, atmospheric science, astronomy, and the view of the polar regions from space. This event coincides with the start of the <a href="">International Year of Astronomy 2009</a> (IYA).</p>


Nobel Prize winning scientist elected as future President of the International Council for Science

<p>Professor Yuan Tseh Lee, a Nobel Prize winning chemist from China: Taipei has been elected as the future President of the International Council for Science (ICSU). A world leader in the field of chemical dynamics, Lee was elected by representatives from ICSU’s 114 National Members and 29 International Scientific Unions at the 29th General Assembly in Maputo, Mozambique, 21–24 October. He will take up the appointment in April 2010 and will succeed the current ICSU President, Catherine Bréchignac, in October 2011.</p>


Global scientific community affirms its shared responsibilities for the integrity of science and its role in society

<p>In the light of recent high profile cases of scientific misconduct, the General Assembly of the International Council for Science (ICSU) today reaffirmed the universal values that should guide the conduct of science. The Assembly also explicitly recognised the key social responsibilities of the scientific community as laid out in a new booklet, which will be made widely available to scientists across the world.</p>


International science community agrees on first steps to establish a global virtual library for scientific data

<p>The existing networks for collecting, storing and distributing data in many areas of science are inadequate and not designed to enable the inter-disciplinary research that is necessary to meet major global challenges. These networks must be transformed into a new inter-operable data system and extended around the world and across all areas of science. The General Assembly of the International Council for Science (ICSU) agreed today to take the first strategic steps to establish such a system.</p>


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