THE BOARD ON INTERNATIONAL SCIENTIFIC ORGANIZATIONS
WHO WE ARE…
The Board on International Scientific Organizations (BISO) oversees a network of more than 20 U.S. National Committees (USNCs) corresponding to the various International Council for Science (ICSU) scientific member bodies in an effort to strengthen U.S. participation in international scientific, engineering, and medical organizations.
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Application Deadline for the 2014 IIASA Young Scientists Summer Program: January 13, 2014
Each summer, the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), located in Schloss Laxenburg near Vienna, Austria, hosts a selected group of graduate students, primarily doctoral, from around the world in its Young Scientists Summer Program (YSSP). These students work closely with IIASA’s senior scientists on projects related both to their thesis research and one or more IIASA research programs. For more details, please consult the IIASA website.
ICSU's Future Earth Program
Future Earth is a 10–year international program on Earth system research for global sustainability. The program is being carried out through the Science and Technology Alliance for Global Sustainability (the Alliance), comprised of the International Council for Science (ICSU), the International Social Science Council (ISSC), the Belmont Forum (composed of international science funding agencies, including NSF), the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP), the United Nations University (UNU), and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) as an observer.
For more information on the Future Earth Program, please consult the newly-released Future Earth Initial Design Report.
Future Earth Science Committee Announced!
Mark Stafford Smith, Science Director of CSIRO’s Climate Adaptation Flagship in Canberra, Australia will be the inaugural Chair, Melissa Leach, Director of the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) STEPS (Social, Technological and Environmental Pathways to Sustainability) Centre in the UK and Belinda Reyers, a Chief Scientist at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) in South Africa, will serve as Vice Chairs. The Science Committee is the first of the governance bodies to be appointed for Future Earth, which will be supported by an interim secretariat until a permanent secretariat is set up in 2014.
The Committee will make recommendations on new and existing projects, and emerging priorities for research. It will, in particular, oversee the transition of the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme (IGBP), the International Human Dimensions Programme (IHDP) and DIVERSITAS activities into Future Earth.
The full list of members is available here.
IIASA's Postdoctoral Fellowship Program
Applications accepted all year. Upcoming review deadline: October 1, 2014
IIASA’s Postdoctoral Program is an annual program that provides funding for four postdoctoral researchers for a 12-24 month period. The program serves to:
- Encourage and promote the development of young researchers.
- Offer young researchers the opportunity to further their careers by gaining
hands-on professional research experience in a highly international scientific environment.
- Enrich IIASA’s intellectual environment and help achieve research program goals.
- Successful candidates are expected to conduct their own research within one of IIASA's research programs or special projects on topics related to IIASA's agenda.
Visit the IIASA web site for an overview of IIASA’s research activities, conditions and eligibility, and application materials.
The Case for International Sharing of Scientific Data: A Focus on Developing Countries
The Board on International Scientific Organizations (BISO), and the U.S. Committee on Data for Science and Technology (US CODATA) under the Board on Research Data and Information (BRDI), in consultation with the Committee on Freedom and Responsibility in the conduct of Science (CFRS) of the International Council for Science (ICSU), organized a 2-day international symposium in Washington, DC on April 18-19, 2011. We are pleased to announce the release of the proceedings of the speaker presentations from that meeting, The Case for International Sharing of Scientific Data: A Focus on Developing Countries. It is available electronically at: http://www.nap.edu/catalog.php?record_id=17019.
The main objective of the symposium was to gain better understanding of the data access and sharing situation in the developing world, with a focus on barriers, opportunities, and future actions. There are various hurdles to the access and sharing of scientific data collected by governments or by researchers using public funding. Such obstacles include scientific and technical; institutional and management; economic and financial; legal and policy; and normative and socio-cultural barriers. Some of these difficulties are possible to diminish or remove, whereas others seek to balance competing values that impose legitimate limitations on openness.
Print copies of the report may be ordered through the National Academies Press.
IIASA 40th Anniversary Conference
IIASA’s 40th Anniversary Conference was held October 24-26, 2012, at the Hofburg Congress Center in Laxenburg, Austria. The conference will examine the many sustainability and development challenges such transformations impose and explore options for resolving them. It will explore new ‘future worlds’: Worlds that accommodate our collective needs and aspirations, while living within, and respecting, planetary boundaries. You can view conference news and updates from the IIASA conference website at http://conference2012.iiasa.ac.at/news.html. For more information on the conference please visit the 40th Anniversary Conference website.
Optics and Photonics: Essential Technologies for our Nation
For several years, the U.S. Advisory Committee on Optics has urged the National Research Council to update its 1998 report, Harnessing Light I, Optical Science and Engineering for the 21st Century. With the August 13, 2012 release of Harnessing Light 2, Optics and Photonics: Essential Technologies for our Nation, that goal has been achieved. The U.S. Advisory Committee on Optics was instrumental in the early stages of the effort. In 2007, the committee wrote a white paper which outlined the need for such an update and eventually served as the basis for the study. Two members of the USAC served on the committee releasing the new report. Alan Willner served as co-chair of the Optics and Photonics: Essential Technologies for our Nation report committee, and Duncan Moore, chair of the USAC and president of the International Commission on Optics, served as a committee member. The sponsoring society members of the USAC, particularly SPIE and the Optical Society of America (OSA), have pledged their active engagement in report dissemination. View the press release.
International Visitors Office
The International Visitors Office (IVO), a program operated by BISO, is a resource on visa-related issues for The National Academies, Academy members, and the scientists and students traveling to the United States for professional activities.
The presidents of the National Academies joined other scientific and educational organizations in issuing a statement on June 10, 2009, urging federal agencies to streamline visa processing for scholars and scientists visiting the United States.
Read the statement and learn more about IVO…
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BISO is supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 0614728.