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Welcome to the May 2016 edition of our newsletter, bringing you highlights from our activities since our last edition in March.
What's in this e-mail?
1.  The latest news from the International Council for Science
2.  New publications
3.  ICSU in the Media
4.  Jobs at ICSU and in the network
5.  News from ICSU's Regional Offices
6.  Upcoming events


ICSU and the International Social Science Council (ISSC) are considering a merger. The ICSU President Gordon McBean has called an extraordinary session of the ICSU General Assembly, to allow members to vote on this crucial issue for the future of the organization. This General Assembly will be held in Oslo, Norway, on 24 October 2016, coinciding with the ISSC General Assembly.
ICSU signs agreement with SIDA to support integrated science in Africa to the tune of 5 million euros. A new programme will develop research capacity for sustainability in Africa and will run through to December 2020. The first call for pre-proposals will be launched in July.
Applications are also now invited for the 2016 ICSU Grants Programme. The grants programme intends to foster Membership engagement by addressing long-standing priorities for ICSU members in developing science education, outreach and public engagement activities, and to mobilize resources for international scientific collaboration.
El Salvador will host the Council's Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean from 1 August. In an official ceremony on 11 May, the International Council for Science Executive Director Heide Hackmann signed an agreement with the government of El Salvador which will host the ICSU Regional Office for the next five years.
Rajib Shaw will be the new Executive Director of the Integrated Research on Disaster Risk programme. Previously a Professor in the Graduate School of Global Environmental Studies of Kyoto University, Japan, he has extensive experience in disaster risk reduction research and has worked closely with local communities, NGOs, governments and international organizations in Asia.
The Council's Union Members met in Paris. The triennial meeting of the Union Members took place at the Fondation Simone et Cino del Duca in Paris, France on 12-13 April 2016. Members heard updates about the Council's activities since the General Assembly in Auckland in 2014, shared their own reports on major activities, and discussed the way forward for the Council and the Unions in the next 18 months until the General Assembly in Taipei in October 2017.
ICSU's Committee on Freedom and Responsibility in the conduct of Science (CFRS) held a workshop on gender issues in field research. The workshop was followed by a two-day meeting of ICSU CFRS. During the meeting committee Chair Leiv K. Sydnes presented and signed the UNESCO & L'Oreal Women in Science Manifesto in representation of CFRS/ICSU.
ICSU’s Urban Health programme convened a workshop in China on modelling approaches to human health risks in cities. Experts from a wide range of disciplines who share an interest in modelling different approaches to urban health gathered on the island of Gulangyu, off the Chinese coastal city of Xiame,n for a workshop to explore ways to engage policy dialogue around these issues.
The World Data System marks the fifth anniversary of its International Programme Office. At a ceremony held on 6 April, the programme marked five years of successful collaboration between the Japanese National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT) and the International Council of Science (ICSU) for the hosting and support of the World Data System International Programme Office (WDS-IPO).
A new website on organizing hackathons on virtual reality for science communications. During the COP21 climate talks in December 2015, ICSU co-organized a hackathon on using virtual reality to communicate about climate science. There is now a website with a DIY guide to organizing similar hackathons, and another event is coming up in Melbourne soon.
IPBES is looking for volunteers to review its assessments. If you're interested in reviewing a chapter of the assessment on land degradation and restoration or one of the four regional assessments on biodiversity and ecosystem services, you can register to participate on the IPBES website.

New publications

A new report on the state of the world's oceans. The report, which was prepared by an expert group coordinated by our member the International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics (IUGG), was submitted to the G7 Science and Technology Ministers ahead of their meeting in Japan, 15-17 May. Plastic pollution of the marine environment, deep-sea mining, ocean acidification, ocean warming, de-oxygenation, biodiversity loss and marine ecosystem degradation all need the urgent attention of decision-makers, the report says.
Forthcoming: A draft framework for understanding SDG interactions. A follow-up to the hugely successful Review of Targets for the SDGs, the framework takes a closer look at trade-offs and synergies for the implementation phase of the SDGs. The framework emerged from a workshop held at ICSU in January 2016 and will be published on 15 June.

ICSU in the Media

·  El Salvador hosts Int'l Council for Science's Regional Headquarters. Prensa Latina, 12 May 2016
·  Science has a key part to play in planning the future of cities. Citiscope, 4 April 2016

Jobs at ICSU and in the network

·  Information Technology Officer, Future Earth. Boulder, Colorado. Deadline: 1 June 2016.

News from ICSU's Regional Offices

Asia & Pacific

Future Earth Korea was launched in a landmark event organized by the Korean Academy of Science and Technology (KAST), in Seoul, Korea, on 25 April 2016, on the occasion of the 25th KAST International Symposium. The theme of the Symposium was Future Earth and Sustainable Development Goals in Asia.
ICSU ROAP has also published its annual report for the year 2015. It is available for download from the ROAP website.
More news from ICSU's Regional Office for Asia & the Pacific

Latin America and the Caribbean

ICSU, through its Committee on Freedom and Responsibility in the conduct of Science (CFRS), with the support of the Mexican Academy of Sciences (MAS) and the ICSU Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean (ROLAC), organized the workshop Gender Issues in Field Research: Mobility and Internationalization of Science, in order to discuss the present situation of mobility of women doing field research and their risks. The workshop took place on 27 April and was followed by a two-day meetings of CFRS and the Regional Committee for Latin America.
The ICSU Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean (ROLAC) will be relocating to El Salvador from 1 August. ICSU ROLAC is currently located in Mexico City, hosted at the Mexican Academy of Science. The Executive Director, Manuel Limonta, will continue in his current function in the new El Salvador office.
More news from ICSU's Regional Office for Latin America & the Caribbean


ICSU side event at the Science, Technology and Innovation Forum. New York, 6 June 2016.
ICSU side event at the High-Level Political Forum on managing interactions across SDGs: a tool for policymakers. New York, 11-20 July 2016 (TBC).
23rd ISPRS Congress. Prague, 12-19 July 2016.
41st COSPAR Scientific Assembly. Istanbul, 30 July - 7 August 2016.
IUFoST 18th World Congress of Food Science and Technology (World Food Congress). Dublin, 21-25 August 2016.
SciDataCon 2016. Denver, Colorado, 11-13 September 2016.
Habitat III, the UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development. Quito, Ecuador, 17-20 October 2016.
3rd Global Land Project Open Science Meeting. Beijing, 24-27 October 2016.
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