Through a series of regular campaigns, Science International is designed to represent the global scientific community in the international policy for science arena.
Refugee and displaced scientists
Science International is currently running a project on the topic of refugee and displaced researchers. The project aims to increase international awareness of and attention to the issue of refugee and displaced scientists by establishing a global network of institutions to support them. It was launched in June 2020, and is being led by The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) under the auspices of Science International.
Big Data/Open Data
The theme of the first Science International initiative was ‘Big Data/Open Data’. Through the initiative, an international, interdisciplinary team developed an accord on the values of open data in the emerging scientific culture of big data. The resulting accord – Open Data in a Big Data World – proposes an international framework of principles. It reflects our belief that in an era of big data research, open data is essential to allow rigorous independent testing and replication of findings, and to support the full participation of low- and middle-income countries in the global research enterprise.
Following the publication of the accord, Science International set out on a campaign seeking organizational endorsements for the principles set out in the accord “Open Data in a Big Data World”.
Image by Nicole Leghissa: Saja Al Zoubi, a Syrian social scientist and former TWAS postdoctoral research fellow, left her home country in a time of war and conducted research in the refugee camps of Lebanon. She is featured in the 2017 TWAS documentary film, “Science in Exile”.