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Centre for Science Futures

A think tank of the International Science Council

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The ISC has established the Centre for Science Futures to improve our understanding of emerging trends in science and research systems, and to provide options and tools for appropriate action. 

The Centre explores where changes in science and its organization are leading us by carrying out analytical work, organizing workshops, and compiling resources. 

It engages in focused interventions within critical discussions on science futures, science systems, and science policy to push these discussion forward and provide options and tools for better informed decisions and targeted action for the future of science systems.

The centre was launched in May 2023.

Advisory council

The work of the Centre is guided by an Advisory Council. Advisory Council members are accomplished experts and exceptional individuals who combine rich and varied experience in areas relevant to the Centre’s mandate.

Jinghai Li

Jinghai Li

ISC Foundation Fellow (June 2022)

Jinghai Li
Prof Sarah de Rijcke

Prof Sarah de Rijcke

Professor

Leiden University

Prof Sarah de Rijcke
Maria Fernanda Espinosa

Maria Fernanda Espinosa

Former President

United Nations General Assembly

Maria Fernanda Espinosa
Derrick Swartz

Derrick Swartz

Special Advisor

South Africa’s Minister of Higher Education, Science and Innovation

Derrick Swartz
Christina Yan Zhang

Christina Yan Zhang

CEO and Founder

Metaverse Institute

Christina Yan Zhang
Dr Sudip Parikh

Dr Sudip Parikh

CEO

American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)

Dr Sudip Parikh

Research Associates

Research Associates are qualified experts who help the Centre produce a diversity of documents on a variety of topics relevant to its mission.

Prof James Wilsdon

Prof James Wilsdon

ISC Fellow (Dec 2022)

Prof James Wilsdon
Prof Stéphanie Balme

Prof Stéphanie Balme

Dean of Undergraduate Studies

Sciences Po

Prof Stéphanie Balme
Prof Simon See

Prof Simon See

Director

NVIDIA AI Technology Center

Prof Simon See

News & Events View all

blog
12 June 2024 - 7 min read

Shared concerns and aspirations around AI in Latin America and the Caribbean 

Learn more Learn more about Shared concerns and aspirations around AI in Latin America and the Caribbean 
blog
22 May 2024 - 6 min read

Official launch of the IDRC and ISC project to explore AI’s impact on science systems in the Global South

Learn more Learn more about Official launch of the IDRC and ISC project to explore AI’s impact on science systems in the Global South
news
05 April 2024 - 5 min read

The ISC’s Centre for Science Futures secures a million-dollar grant to explore the impacts of AI on science in the Global South 

Learn more Learn more about The ISC’s Centre for Science Futures secures a million-dollar grant to explore the impacts of AI on science in the Global South 

Project team

Vanessa McBride

Vanessa McBride

Science Director, Acting Head of the Centre for Science Futures

International Science Council

Vanessa McBride
Dureen Samandar Eweis

Dureen Samandar Eweis

Science Officer

Centre for Science Futures, International Science Council

Dureen Samandar Eweis

Publications View all

publications
02 April 2024

Science organizations in the digital age

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publications
27 March 2024

Preparing National Research Ecosystems for AI: Strategies and progress in 2024

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publications
19 February 2024

Protecting Science in Times of Crisis

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