Every two seconds, an individual is forcibly displaced from their home. Among them are countless scientists, engineers and others with advanced training, who may be displaced internally or forced into exile, unable to continue their vital research and teaching work and their contributions to science.

This a loss for the entire scientific community, as well as for society more widely.

In April 2022, together with The World Academy of Sciences (UNESCO-TWAS) and the InterAcademy Partnership (IAP) the ISC launched the Science In Exile Declaration to call for action to support scientists affected by displacement.

A letter from ISC President Peter Gluckman and Acting CEO Mathieu Denis, released on 5 April, noted that the consequences of the ongoing war in Ukraine were global and of concern to the entire scientific community.

A regularly updated list of statements, offers of assistance and resources relating to the war in Ukraine is available on our website.

Latest news from our community

Ethnografilm returns to Paris
The 2022 edition of the festival celebrating academic and non-fiction film included a special session on science documentary film-making, sparked by the ISC-BBC Storyworks Unlocking Science collaboration.

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‘Now or never’ to limit warming to 1.5°C, according to latest IPCC report
The knowledge and tools required to limit warming are available, and there is strong evidence of policies and financial instruments that are proving effective, but these must be immediately scaled up.

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Technical Advisory Group appointed to support the Global Commission on Science Missions for Sustainability

The Group will develop recommendations on co-design processes, governance and institutional arrangements to support the delivery of mission-oriented science for sustainability.

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The climate crisis is a health crisis

The ISC’s forthcoming COVID-19 Outcome Scenarios report, to be released on 17 May 2022, will argue that measures to protect the environment and invest in risk research and government are urgently needed to prevent future crises.

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How effective were statistics in informing citizens and policy-makers in thinking about the COVID-19 pandemic and in formulating responses? And how has the pandemic affected developments within statistics and the communication of statistics?

The final webinar in our series on COVID and the Social Sciences was exceptional and is recommended viewing. It explored the public understanding and use of statistics in relation to the pandemic, with a keynote lecture from David Spiegelhalter and introduction from Stephen Penneck, President of ISC Member the International Statistical Institute.

Watch the recording now. 

Member news

Call for nominations for ISC Standing Committees now open for all Members of the ISC to nominate outstanding individuals to the Council’s four Standing Committees: on Science Planning, Outreach and Engagement; Freedom and Responsibility in Science, and Finance. The call is open until 31 May 2022.

On 29 April – the International Day of Immunology – the International Union of Immunological Societies (IUIS) was involved in a number of events celebrating vaccines.

And reflecting on the International Day of Multilateralism and Diplomacy for Peace, Secretary-General of ISC Member the International Peace Research Association (IPRA), Christine Atieno, shared insights on multilateralism and solidarity in the East African Community.

Opportunities in our network

✅ Fellowships: Applications are invited to the USF’s International Fellowships for urban scholars from the Global South. Each award will cover the cost of a sabbatical period at a university of the candidate’s choice, worldwide, for the purpose of writing-up the candidate’s existing research findings in the form of publishable articles and/or a book. Deadline: 9 May 2022.

✅ UNESCO Vacancy: Director for the Division of Science Policy and Capacity Building for a two-year position. Deadline: 13 May.

✅ Call for nominations: Falling Walls is seeking nominations for the Science Breakthroughs of the Year 2022 in 10 categories. Deadline: 15 May 2022.

✅ Call for nominations: The World Climate Research Programme (WCRP) is calling for (self-)nominations for membership of its Joint Scientific Committee (JSC), for a four-year term from 1 January 2023 to 31 December 2026. Deadline: 31 May 2022.

✅ Gender Responsive Agriculture Systems Policy (GRASP) Fellowship: The GRASP Fellowship is a career development program that targets mid-career African women in the policy field to catalyse the design and implementation of gender-responsive agricultural policies across Africa. Deadline: 10 June 2022.

✅ Call for proposals: the Mercury Project (a $10M+ research consortium investigating the impacts of health misinformation) invites letters of inquiry for research projects. Accepting on a rolling basis. 

✅ Vacancy: G-STIC is seeking applications for a Program Manager responsible for building and strengthening the international G-STIC network, and recruiting, guiding, coaching and promoting new and ongoing projects within the Climate Action Program of G-STIC. Deadline: ongoing. 

✅ Share your experience as science communicator: a GlobalSCAPE research project. Award value: USD 500. Deadline: Ongoing.

✅ Remote fellowship: at the International Astronomical Union (IAU) Office of Astronomy for Development. Deadline: Ongoing.

✅ Call for project proposals: the Social Science Research Council, USA calls for projects proposals for teams conducting research to discover evidence-based strategies to combat health mis-and disinformation and to increase the uptake of reliable health information in the USA, Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Deadline: Ongoing.

✅ Call for mentorship: the Graduate Applications International Network (GAIN) is looking for mentors for African applicants to economics programs. Deadline: Ongoing.