2nd ISC General Assembly: Special events (open to public)

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2nd ISC General Assembly: Special events (open to public)

The second ISC General Assembly of the International Science Council is taking place virtually over five days, 11 – 15 October 2021.

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11:00 – 12:00 UTC

As part of the International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction, join the ISC and the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR) to discuss the importance of systems thinking and global cooperation to improve long-term outcomes of global emergencies.

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The International Science Council will present the high-level outcomes of the COVID-19 Outcomes Scenarios Exercise that is being conducted in partnership with the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction and the World Health Organization after eight months of research and analysis before an official launch in the coming months.

The project was initiated because there was concern that the international community had been operating in crisis mode throughout the pandemic.  This has resulted in uneven responses to the pandemic across the globe, insufficient global solidarity, and too often, narrow and short-term pandemic and post-pandemic planning, resulting in unequal impacts, with many countries experiencing a fourth wave of the pandemic and others with little access to lifesaving COVID-19 vaccines.

The goal of this exercise was to map out the critical factors and uncertainties that will shape the evolution and global outcomes of this pandemic and outline plausible mid-to-long-term global scenarios.


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12:00 – 13:10 UTC

Don’t miss the panel discussion on public perceptions of science with ISC Patrons Mary Robinson, Ismail Serageldin and Vint Cerf.

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Levels of public trust in science remain relatively high. But the political and media environment is increasingly fragmented and polarized, this has been highlighted with the diverse responses of governments and populations to the COVID-19 pandemic. This trend is exacerbated by pervasive digital technologies and social media, which enable the widespread dissemination of misleading and biased information.

To address these concerns we need to understand the extent of the problem we are facing and challenge ourselves about how we understand and measure the public’s perceptions of science.

This session will explore these issues, seeking to clarify what the ISC and its membership can or should be doing.



13:15 – 14:00 UTC

Witness the very first edition of the ISC Awards where we will honour outstanding individuals and groups in 10 award categories.

Join the conversation on Twitter at #ISC2021.

The 2nd General Assembly will be accompanied by live music, composed and played by talented Christoph Spangenberg.

About Christoph Spangenberg – Shaolin Piano

Christoph Spangenberg was born in 1986 in Berlin, Germany. He is a young pianist, composer and producer with an exceptional artistic career. Starting with piano lessons at the age of 6 the development of his musical skills became serious very fast. Before and after graduating from the G.F.Händel-Gymnasium he has won numerous prizes as solo artist as well as head of several bands. His apprenticeship in classical piano and jazz piano in Berlin and Hamburg earned him multiple scholarships, one of which allowed him to continue his professional training in New York City, USA. Concert tours to Los Angeles, Beijing, Shanghai, Cuba, Rome, Paris and many more have inspired him to pursue a variety of musical genres since he was 12 years old. Reggae and Salsa are as much a natural repertoire to him as is HipHop, Electronic or Balkan Music.

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