ISC Global Knowledge Dialogue for Asia and the Pacific region

Mobilizing science to collaborate for global planetary health
ISC Global Knowledge Dialogue for Asia and the Pacific region

👉 View the presentation slides of the main event on 6 October and of the pre-events (Freedoms and Responsibilities in Science Roundtable and Young Academies and Associations Roundtable) on 5 October.

📷 Access the photos taken during the event via the ISC Flickr account


Global Knowledge Dialogue – strengthening the voice of science in the Asia and Pacific region

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The Global Knowledge Dialogue for Asia and the Pacific rallies ISC Members around planetary health

Tengku Mohd Azzman Shariffadeen, President of the Academy of Sciences Malaysia, Opening Remarks

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Addressing the challenges of young scientists in Asia and the Pacific – read about the Young Academies and Associations Roundtable event

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The Global Knowledge Dialogue (GKD) Asia-Pacific will be held on 6 October 2023 at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre during the 2023 International Greentech & Eco Products Exhibition & Conference (IGEM). The ISC Regional Focal Point for Asia and the Pacific through the Australian Academy of Science, and the Academy of Sciences Malaysia, will host this event. Presidents, executive officers, ISC focal points and key decision makers of ISC Members in the region, along with ISC Fellows and representatives of ISC affiliated bodies will gather during this GKD to work towards providing a powerful and credible voice for science from Asia and the Pacific on the global stage.

Please see the invitation from Prof Chennupati Jagadish AC, President of the Australian Academy of Science, and Academician Datuk Dr Tengku Mohd Azzman Shariffadeen FASc, President of the Academy of Sciences Malaysia, inviting ISC Members to the GKD Asia and the Pacific.


👉 View the PDF programme

👉 View the programme online

The following three thematic blocks will be explored at the GKD Asia-Pacific:

  1. The ISC in a Member context: A discussion between the ISC leadership, ISC Fellows, ISC and Members on the strategic and organizational objectives of the ISC.
  2. Science in the global context: Promoting diversity in science and science systems.
  3. The ISC in a regional context: A dialogue on developing a workstream for the ISC Regional Focal Point for Asia and the Pacific in the coming years, as well as a discussion on the future of funding science for sustainability in the region.

The day’s proceedings will result in essential regional dialogues providing a roadmap for the ISC Regional Focal point for Asia and the Pacific, and its upcoming initiatives. The event will serve to strengthen the voice of science in the region, and work towards developing the actionable pathways that advance science as a global public good.

Pre-events: 5 October

Join us in-person or online for the Global Knowledge Dialogue pre-events on 4 October at 07:00 – 09.30 UTC/15:00 – 17:30 Kuala Lumpur local time.

🔵 Freedoms and Responsibilities in Science Round Table (for ISC Member delegates only), room 410

🔵 ISC Young Academies and Associations Roundtable, room 402

About the ISC Global Knowledge Dialogue series

The Global Knowledge Dialogue is a series of events convened by the ISC in the various regions of the world, starting in Africa in 2022 at the World Science Forum, continued in 2023 in Europe and Asia-Pacific as well as Latin-America-Caribbean in 2024. The aim of the series is to secure a powerful global voice for science by engaging the ISC membership and fostering international scientific collaboration between governments, scientists, research funders, the private sector and civil society.

About the IGEM2023

The ISC has partnered with The International Greentech & Eco Products Exhibition and Conference Malaysia (IGEM), where we will have an exhibition space. IGEM is a trade event for green technologies and eco solutions in Asia and the Pacific attracting thousands of visitors, and therefore will be a new community for the ISC and its Members to explore. Our GKD will sit on the margins of this event. It is essential to also register for IGEM in order to gain access to the expo space and GKD. Registration to IGEM is free.

IGEM2023 will be held from 4 – 6 October 2023 from 9:00 – 18:00 at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre. Register for IGEM2023.


We suggest the Traders Hotel, which is very close to the GKD venue at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre.

Dinner: 5 October

Join us for a VIP dinner on the evening of 5 October supported by the Frontiers Planet Prize. Buses will depart from Traders Hotel lobby Buses will depart 18:30, 18:45 and later at19:30 (to cater for evening prayers) for De Wan (@ The Linc), described as a modern Malaysian culinary adventure.


Participants are expected and strongly encouraged to cover their own expenses, however, the ISC has a limited number of bursaries available to enable the participation of delegates who require financial support from least developed countries in the region, or those Members who have hardship. Bursaries are now closed. If you have received a bursary, please fill in the travel form before 18 August 2023.

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Gabriela Ivan

Membership Development Officer

ISC delegation at the GKD Asia-Pacific

Peter Gluckman

ISC President @presidentISC

Alison Meston

ISC Communications Director

Petra Lundgren

Director, ISC Regional Focal Point for Asia-Pacific

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ISC Senior Science Officer and CFRS Executive Secretary

Gabriela Ivan

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