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Call for Nominations for the Scientific Committee for the Urban Health and Wellbeing programme

Xiamen, 13 December 2019

Urban Health and Wellbeing (UHWB) is a global science programme of the International Science Council (ISC), co-sponsored with the InterAcademy Parthership (IAP), the International Society for Urban Health (ISUH) and hosted by the Institute for Urban Environment of the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Xiamen, PR China. UHWB proposes a new conceptual framework for considering the multi-factorial nature of the determinants and the manifestations of health and wellbeing in urban populations. It aims at stimulating specific research projects, developing new methodologies, building and strengthening scientific capacity, and facilitating communication and outreach to city policy makers and relevant stakeholders.

The ISC and the programme sponsors are pleased to invite nominations to serve on the Scientific Committee of UHWB. Up to 14 SC members will be appointed for the period 2020-2023. Their term will start on 1 June 2020, and potentially renewable once. ISC members are invited to send in nominations for candidates. Nominations from other institutions will also be considered. Nominations by individuals and self-nominations not be accepted.

Nominations are due by 24 January 2020.

The Scientific Committee (SC) is in charge of defining the strategic and thematic priorities and the medium- and long-term outcomes and activities of the programme. The Programme meets twice per year, normally for 2 days, at least once physically. Some work is also carried out between meetings and Committee members may be asked to contribute to specific working or review groups. Expenses for travel and accommodation for all meetings are covered by the Programme.

SC members are appointed by the International Science Council. The main criterion for selection is scientific expertise. The SC must bring together a broad range of disciplines covering natural, social, behavioural, engineering and health sciences, as they relate to the programme focus. Additional areas of expertise of value to the SC include resilience and risk reduction, education, 2030 Agenda for sustainable development, complex systems analysis and multi-factorial modelling and science-policy interface. Links with relevant policy networks and funding agencies would be an asset.Experience and willingness to work with a very interdisciplinary group is critical. Gender and geographic balance are also taken into account.

All nominations should be submitted using this template to Dr Franz Gatzweiler, UHWB Executive Director ( and to Megha Sud, Science Officer ISC (

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