We are delighted to announce the full programme for Friday 6 October, to be held at the Kuala Lumpur Exhibition Centre on the margins of the IGEM conference.


Pre-event (for ISC Member delegates only): Freedoms and Responsibilities in Science Roundtable (5 October, 07:00 – 09:30 UTC, join in-person or online)

Pre-event: Young Academies and Associations Roundtable (5 October, 07:00 – 09:30 UTC, join in-person or online)

Pre-event (by invitation only): AI workshop, through the ISC’s Centre for Science Futures (5 October, all day event)

🍽️ Thursday evening dinner: Buses will depart from Traders Hotel lobby at 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.



Welcome remarks

Hazami Habib

CEO Academy of Sciences Malaysia

Tengku Mohd Azzman Shariffadeen

President Academy of Sciences Malaysia

Chennupati Jagadish

President Australian Academy of Science*

*Represented by Prof Frances Separovic


Ministerial Address

Yang Berhormat Datuk Arthur Joseph Kurup

Deputy Minister of Science, Technology, and Innovation Malaysia

Part I: ISC Advancing Planetary Health in the Multilateral Space


Promoting mission-based science for sustainability: An update for ISC Members on the most recent developments for enhancing the global voice of science in the multilateral space, including discussions around the Global Commission on Science Missions for Sustainability’s recent report, Flipping the Science Model.

Peter Gluckman

President International Science Council

Salvatore Aricò

CEO International Science Council


Interdisciplinary planetary health points of view: What are the experts saying on building coalitions that promote science-based solutions for planetary health? In this session we will hear from one of the region’s top sustainability leaders and the immediate past president of the Academy of Sciences, Malaysia; an award-winning data scientist specializing in sustainable development; and an international comparative lawyer building transdisciplinary networks for the intersection of law and social science in new economic frameworks for planetary health.

Asma Ismail

ASM Fellow & Chair of ASM National Planetary Health Action Plan

Huadong Guo

Director-General of the International Research Center of Big Data for Sustainable Development Goals

Anne McNaughton

Senior Lecturer Australian National University


Frontiers Planet Prize: Living within Nine Planetary Boundaries Hear from the inaugural international champion from the Frontiers Planet Prize, celebrating breakthroughs in sustainability science and rewarding solutions that show measurable potential to help humanity remain within the boundaries of the Earth’s ecosystem. 

Gabriela Ivan

Membership Development Officer International Science Council

Baojing Gu

Zhejiang University, China

11:00 BREAK

Part II: Opportunities and Challenges for the 2030 Agenda through scientific diplomacy, scientific advice and new technologies


Winning on the SDGs through science advice and diplomacy: lessons and opportunities for ISC Members the region: In this session we will hear from the 2022 Stein Rokken Prize laureate, who will give a keynote address on how belief systems in elected representatives affect lawmaking and attitudes to risk, followed by respondents with expertise in science diplomacy and science advice. Moderator Alison Meston

Vineeta Yadav

Associate Professor of Political Science, Penn State University, USA

Chan Siok Yee

Universiti Sains Malaysia
Discipline of Pharmaceutical Technology and Global Young Academy Member

Abhi Veerakumarasivam

Provost, Sunway University, Malaysia

Tiziana Bonapace

Director of ICT and Disaster Risk Reduction Division, UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UN ESCAP)

Alison Meston

ISC Director of Communications


The ISC’s Centre for Science Futures and the transformation of science: This session is presented by the newly-established Centre for Science Futures. The talk will introduce the Centre’s ambitions and areas of work. It will also report back on a workshop held the previous day looking at how countries in Asia and the Pacific are currently preparing – or not! – their science and research system for AI, and how emerging AI technologies can create opportunities for strengthening national science systems.

Mathieu Denis

Senior Director, ISC Centre for Science Futures

12:45 – 14:30 Networking Lunch

Part III: The ISC in a regional context: A dialogue looking at key priorities areas for strengthening science systems and the role of an ISC regional focal point.


Dialogue on the Asia Pacific voice for global science and the pressing issues for planetary health, the challenges and opportunities. Esteemed guests from the region, including representatives from the ISC Fellows, UNESCO UniTWin, and ISC Affiliated Bodies will reflect on the dialogue so far, looking at issues raised on planetary health and boundaries, the 2030 Agenda, opportunities and challenges with AI, and ISC Members as a global voice for science in the multilateral space. Moderator Petra Lundgren

Orakanoke Phanraksa

Senior Advisor for International Affairs at the National Science and Technology Development Agency, Thailand and ISC Fellow

Rémi Quirion

President, INGSA

Sujatha Raman

UNESCO UniWin Chair for Science Communication for the Public Good

Zakri Abdul Hamid

Chairman of Atri Advisory, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and ISC Fellow

Petra Lundgren

Director, Regional Focal Point for Asia and the Pacific


Breakout session: Four probing questions will be posed to delegates on building the voice of science in the region. Delegates will discuss in groups, with an opportunity to respond as part of the dialogue on key priorities.


Report back: Delegates will share summaries from the break out session to set the scene for Part IV

16:00 BREAK

Part IV: Next steps for the Regional Focal Point of Asia and the Pacific – turning dialogue into action


Moderated dialogue What are our opportunities and challenges and what is the role of the ISC and the ISC RFP-AP in progressing and addressing these? The dialogue will be guided by input from the round tables in Part III

Anna-Maria Arabia

Chief Executive at The Australian Academy of Science


Summing up the day by ISC Board Members and newly appointed members of the Regional Focal Point Council. Moderator, Salvatore Aricò. Regional Focal Point Council to be announced soon.

Peter Gluckman

ISC President

Motoko Kotani

ISC Vice President Science and Society

Mei-Hung Chiu

ISC Governing Board Member

Chennupati Jagadish

President, Australian Academy of Science

Hazami Habib

Academy of Sciences Malaysia

Frances Separovic

Foreign Secretary, Australian Academy of Science

17:30 Light reception

18:30 Self-organized dinner

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