THE BOARD ON INTERNATIONAL SCIENTIFIC ORGANIZATIONS
The Board on International Scientific Organizations (BISO) strengthens U.S. participation in international scientific cooperation through overseeing a network of U.S. national committees (USNCs) and working with a variety of projects connected to the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), the International Council for Science (ICSU), and ICSU-related unions. More details can be found on the About BISO Page.
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February 12, 2018 - Abstract /Session Submission Period for the IUGS RFG Conference Ends
February 28, 2018 - Abstract Submission Period for the IAU General Assembly Ends
February 28, 2018 - Early Bird Registration for the ICAP 2018 Ends
March 5, 2018 - Short Communication/Poster Submission for the ICM 2018 Ends
Americans Elected to International Leadership Positions in 2017-2018
Kent Choquette (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champagne), ICO Vice President
John Howell (University of Rochester), ICO Vice President
Carmina Londono (National Science Foundation), ICO Vice President
Joe Niemela (American Physical Society), ICO Treasurer
Mike Clegg (University of California, Irvine), Chair of IIASA's Governing Council
Laura Greene (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champagne), IUPAP Vice President
Kennedy Reed (Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory), IUPAP President
Piergiorgio Uslenghi (University of Illinois, Chicago), URSI Vice President
ICSU and the International Social Science Council (ISSC) to Merge
A merger of the International Council for Science (ICSU) and the International Social Science Council (ISSC) was overwhelmingly approved by the memberships of both organizations at a meeting on October 25, 2017 in Taipei, Taiwan. The name of the new organization will be the International Science Council. For more information on the merger, visit our ICSU webpage.
2019 Declared International Year of the Periodic Table
On 20 December 2017, the United Nations (UN) General Assembly proclaimed 2019 the International Year of the Periodic Table of Chemical Elements (IYPT 2019). In doing so, the UN has recognized the importance of raising global awareness of how chemistry promotes sustainable development and provides solutions to global challenges in energy, education, agriculture, and health.
The development of the Periodic Table of the Elements is one of the most significant achievements in science and a uniting scientific concept, with broad implications in Astronomy, Chemistry, Physics, Biology and other natural sciences. The International Year of the Periodic Table of Chemical Elements in 2019 will coincide with the 150th anniversary of the discovery of the Periodic System by Dmitry Mendeleev in 1869, and with the centenary of IUPAC (IUPAC100). The events of IUPAC100 and of IYPT will enhance the understanding and appreciation of the Periodic Table and chemistry in general among the public.
The 100th Anniversary of IUPAC will be on the UNESCO Calendar of Anniversaries on 28th July 2019. For more information, visit: https://iupac.org/united-nations-proclaims-international-year-periodic-table-chemical-elements/.
Soils: The Foundation of Life Workshop Proceedings Now Available
This 12-page workshop-in-brief, published in August 2017, highlights material from the Soils: The Foundation of Life Workshop held at the National Academies in December 2016. Presentations and discussions on areas such as soil and national security, biodiversity, and the communication of soil science are included. The PDF is available for download free of charge on the National Academies Press page. Additionally, presentations and videos from the workshop are available for viewing on the Soils Workshop subpage.
U.S.--Finland Workshop on Mathematics Education: Report Coming Soon
Workshop on Supporting Mathematics Teachers and Teaching in the United States and Finland, a bilateral meeting of U.S. and Finnish mathematics educators, was held July 31--August 2 at the University of Helsinki in Helsinki, Finland. Approximately 15 American professionals and 15 Finnish professionals attended in person, while several online participants engaged remotely via the webcast.
The workshop report is expected to be released in January 2018.
CLICK HERE to visit the U.S.--Finland Workshop subpage and view session videos, download presentations, and more.