The Omicron variant: what do we know so far?

In a podcast interview for the Lancet, Salim Abdool Karim, renowned epidemiologist and the ISC’s new Vice-President for Outreach and Engagement, describes the discovery of the Omicron SARS-CoV-2 variant and what we know so far.

He also provides a more personal view of the impacts the new variant has on countries like South Africa, and on the need for international collaboration to deal with threats.

What does science look like to you? In November 2021 the ISC launched ‘Unlocking Science’ together with BBC StoryWorks.

Through inspiring video documentaries, podcasts and multimedia storytelling, the series explores scientific research from around the world, showing how science works beyond the lab or the text book to engage communities and make a real world difference on topics such as:

Latest news from our community

Convening the scientific knowledge required to boost climate action
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Turning the ambition of COP26 into action cannot wait any longer, say members of the scientific community. Implementation of deep emission reductions must now begin, informed by the latest scientific evidence on stablizing warming.

News & blogs | 5 min read »
Amplifying the voices of at-risk, displaced and refugee scientists  This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is ISC3-1024x540.jpg
The ISC Presents: Science in Exile podcast series gave the microphone to displaced and refugee scientists, who shared their science and their stories about how displacement affects research careers and global scientific progress.

Podcast | 6 min overview »
UNESCO General Conference adopts Open Science Recommendation

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The ISC welcomed this development, which builds on consultation with the Council and its members, and called for continued engagement with the science community to implement principles for open science.

News & blogs | 4 min read»
Risk-informed sustainable development and planetary health
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The Framework for global science report takes stock of recent developments in disaster risk science and provides a compelling set of directions for research and scientific collaboration for a more holistic and collaborative approach to understanding and managing risks.

Publications | 1 min overview »

The ISC is committed to a vision of science as a global public good. This vision has profound implications for the ways in which science is conducted and used, and the roles that it plays in society.
A recently published ISC position paper considers those implications, exploring the ways they influence the responsibilities of scientists, both individually and collectively, and how they apply in the different settings in which science is practiced.

Register to join the ISC, Future Earth and Sustainability in the Digital Age for the launch of the 2021 Global Risks Scientists’ Perceptions survey. This international analysis is designed to complement the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) annual Global Risks Report, and to support the growth of a multi-sectoral scientific community working to better understand and provide solutions to global risks.

Membership updates

📢 The Committee for Freedom and Responsibility in Science (CFRS) has issued an urgent call to the international science community to support imprisoned scholar Ahmadreza Djalali and protect scientific freedom around the world. Find out what you can do to help.

📝On 18 November – World Philosophy Day – Nancy Cartwright and Benedikt Löwe of the International Union of History and Philosophy of Science and Technology called for a stronger basic understanding of the philosophy of science to address science scepticism.

📚 Explore recent reports and briefings from ISC Members as part of the Transform21 global science portal.

What has political science contributed to understanding the spread and containment of COVID-19? 

This webinar organized in partnership with the International Political Science Association (IPSA) brought together leading political scientists from across the world to explore what has been learned about pandemic politics.

Opportunities in our network

✅ Vacancies:Postdoctoral researcher positions at the Institute for Space-Earth Environmental Research (ISEE), Nagoya University. Deadline: 10 December 2021.

✅ Artist residency / fellowship themed ‘Fixing What’s Broken’ – Academy in Exile is offering three fellowships of three months each for a filmmaker/videographer, sound artist, and visual artist. Monthly stipend: EUR 2,500. Deadline: 12 December 2021.

✅ Vacancy: Future Earth Network Coordinator (USA), full-time. Deadline: 15 December 2021. 

✅ CaCTüS Internship – the Max Planck Institutes for Biological Cybernetics and Intelligent Systems offer up to 10 students at the Bachelor or Master level paid three-months internships during the summer of 2022. Deadline: 3 January 2022.

✅ Call for award nominations: the Lorentz Medal is awarded every four years to a researcher who has made an important contribution to the development of theoretical physics. Deadline: 1 March 2022.

✅ Postdoctoral fellowships at the High Altitude Observatory for early-career Ph.D. scientists interested in theoretical, experimental and observational studies of the Sun and Earth’s upper atmosphere. Deadlines vary.

👉Learn more about each opportunity and apply