GESDA Science Diplomacy Week

The ISC is proud to be supporting the Geneva Science and Diplomacy Anticipator (GESDA).
GESDA Science Diplomacy Week

The ISC is delighted to be participating at the Science Diplomacy Week 2022 hosted by the Geneva Science and Diplomacy Anticipator (GESDA) Foundation between 16-20 May. The ISC supports GESDA’s mission in building a collaborative platform for science diplomacy and an ecosystem of mapping science breakthroughs anticipated to happen in five, ten and 25 years, based on the input of the global scientific community.

Gabriela Ivan, the ISC’s Junior Administrative Officer for membership liaison, recent Sciences Po graduate, and a Romanian national will be joining GESDA’s pilot diplomacy immersion programme.

I am thrilled to attend GESDA at a time when science diplomacy is reinvigorating and reinventing itself, through the exchange of ideas and collaboration for action. There is no better place than Geneva to experience the exciting developments in science.

Gabriela Ivan, ISC Junior Administrative Officer and Sciences Po graduate.

Organized in partnership with the key international agencies, diplomatic missions, academic institutions, global NGOs and technology leaders the study week will provide an unparalleled immersion, learning and networking experience into the Science and Diplomacy ecosystem.

We’re bringing 30 accomplished professionals from 20 different countries to Geneva for our week long immersion program, but we also have a parallel open forum to engage a wider public. Our ultimate goal is to help train science diplomacy leaders so they will be better equipped for the 21st century’s issues of major scientific and public importance.

Stéphane Decoutère, Secretary General, Geneva Science and Diplomacy Anticipator

Decoutère added that scientific expertise and the resources of the International Science Council’s members can play an important role in preparing current and future generations to use science and diplomacy for impactful international action.

Peter Gluckman, ISC President and a GESDA Representative of the community of chief scientists, said it was imperative that science and scientific advice was fully engaged in international policy-making and diplomacy, particularly at the multilateral level.

When we look at the past two years, the multilateral system has shown more failings than strengths, reflecting on this increasingly fractured world and a system designed for a very different era. When we look at the sustainability agenda and living within planetary boundaries, the parallels with COVID are obvious. This is why initiatives such as GESDA are vital to the diplomacy ecosystem – we must break down sector-driven silos in order to address the complexity and systemic nature of global challenges.

Peter Gluckman, ISC President

Peter Gluckman will give an opening address at GESDA.

For GESDA attendees

On this page you will find information about the ISC and some of our useful resources for science advice.

The ISC and Science Advice

The Council convenes the scientific expertise and resources needed to lead on catalysing, incubating and coordinating impactful international action on issues of major scientific and public importance. The Council’s Action Plan forms a practical framework for the ISC’s work until the end of 2024, and to work towards our vision of science as a global public good.

The ISC works at the intersection of science and policy, particularly at the UN level, to ensure that science is integrated into international policy development and that relevant policies take into account both scientific knowledge and the needs of science.

ISC President, Peter Gluckman, has written and spoken extensively on science-policy, risk assessment, science-diplomacy, and science-society interactions. Peter will also be available to meet for those of you who are coming to ESOF in July.

The ISC and the International Network for Government Science Advice (INGSA)

The ISC is proud to act as a trustee for INGSA, where its secretariat operates out of the thinktank, Koi Tū: The Centre for Informed Futures at the University of Auckland. INGSA has a global remit and has established regional chapters for Africa, Asia, and Latin America and the Caribbean to strengthen science advisory capacity at all levels of government. INGSA is the leading global network for the research, discussion and dissemination of best practice in providing evidence to inform public policy, including how evidence can be most effectively used to help achieve global accords such as the SDGs. 

Join the launch of the new report Unprecedented & Unfinished: COVID-19 and Implications for National and Global Policy

17 May 2022 | 07:15 UTC

Join via UN TV, the International Science Council, the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction and the World Health Organization, for the launch of the new report Unprecedented & Unfinished: COVID-19 and Implications for National and Global Policy, live from the Palais des Nations in Geneva, Switzerland.

Explore ISC Resources

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Principles and Structures of science advice: An outline

An ISC-INGSA Occasional Paper on the development of a training module on science advice and diplomacy for the ISC community and Members.

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Science as a Global Public Good

This ISC position paper considers those implications, exploring the ways they influence the responsibilities of scientists, both individually and collectively, and how they apply in the different settings in which science is practiced.

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A contemporary perspective on the free and responsible practice of science in the 21st century

This ISC position paper considers those A discussion paper of the International Science Council’s Committee for Freedom and Responsibility in Science.

COVID-19 Outcome Scenarios Project

The ISC will launch its new COVID-19 report on 17 May 2022 outlining a range of scenarios over the mid- and long-term that aim to assist our understanding of the options for achieving an optimistic and fair end to the pandemic.

Browse all ISC publications

ISC Participants you’ll meet at the GESDA conference:

Mathieu Denis

Acting CEO and Science Director, ISC


Alison Meston

Communications Director

Gabriela Ivan

Junior Administrative Officer


Kristiann Allen

Executive Secretary, INGSA


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