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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>


ICSU launches new programme to understand the human impact on Earth’s life-support systems

<p>The global scientific community has approved a new international research programme designed to understand the relationship between humans and the ecosystems that provide essential life-supporting services. The decision was made today at the General Assembly of the International Council for Science (ICSU) and should help provide the scientific knowledge needed to ensure the sustainable use of our valuable ecosystems.</p>


International Council for Science (ICSU) launches major research programme on natural disasters

<p>In response to the urgent need to reduce the impacts of natural disasters, the International Council for Science (ICSU) has launched a new, 10-year, international research programme designed to address the gaps in the knowledge and methods that are preventing the effective application of science to averting disasters and reducing risk. The programme was announced today at the 29th ICSU General Assembly in Maputo, Mozambique.</p>


Global science community to gather in Mozambique

<p>The global scientific community will gather in Maputo, Mozambique, 21–24 October, for the 29th <a href="">General Assembly</a> (GA) of the International Council for Science (ICSU)—the first time an ICSU GA will be held in sub-Saharan Africa.</p>


IPY Polar Day Focusing on People

<p>On September 24th, 2008, the <a href="">International Polar Year</a> 2007-8 (IPY) will launch its sixth ‘International Polar Day’ focusing on People in Polar Regions, especially on community and cultural well-being, health issues, and the role of the Arctic in the global economy. This Polar Day occurs at the time when combined effects of modern climatic, environmental, economic, and social change challenge the resilience of many Arctic communities and when polar residents, IPY researchers, and public at large address the future of the polar regions from new societal, humanistic, and environmental perspectives.</p>


Statement: Promoting the integrity of science and the scientific record

The first World Conference on Research Integrity: Fostering Responsible Research, took place in Lisbon, Portugal in September 2007. Much of the focus was on scientific publications and mechanisms for monitoring and addressing scientific misconduct. There was general agreement that science is, at least in the longer term, self-correcting, and that errors in the scientific record – either inadvertent or deliberate –will eventually be exposed.


Statement: Publication practices and indices and the role of peer review in research assessment

Progress in science, and confidence in the scientific process, depends on the accuracy and reliability of the scientific literature. This in turn depends on the rigour of the manuscript review process. In addition to ensuring the quality of scientific publications, independent peer review is also a critical part of the evaluation process for both individual scientists and research institutes.


IPY Polar Land and Life Day

<p>On June 18th, 2008, the <a href="">International Polar Year</a> 2007-8 (IPY) will launch its fifth ʻInternational Polar Day’ focusing on Land and Life: the plants and animals of polar lands and the changing permafrost and hydrologic systems. This Polar Day occurs as hundreds of researchers focus on Arctic environments. It has been timed in conjunction with the <a href="">Ninth International Conference on Permafrost</a> (NICOP) in Fairbanks, Alaska, and the <a href="">UNEP TUNZA</a> International Childrenʼs Conference in Norway, part of IPYʼs continued role in raising public awareness of polar science.</p>


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