To keep their academic freedom, scientists must be accountable to society.
Science for the SDGs – Part 38 – Partners for transformation 5/6 – How to boost science capacity in the Global South
Open access and new kind of partnerships are ways to develop science all over the world.
Science for the SDGs – Part 37 – Partners for transformation 4/6 – Not enough scientific capacity in the Global South
There are not enough scientists in developing countries. It must change.
Scientists must accept to engage in partnerships with all parts of society for their work to be used.
All knowledge that could help to achieve SDGs should be shared.
Research projects in the global South should brace for funding restrictions as the UK government announced it would slash overseas assistance to £10 billion next year, say academics.
The future of the Gender Gap in Science project and the Standing Committee for Gender Equality in Science
New relationships between science, policy making and society could help to achieve the SDGs.
The dynamics of earthquakes are better understood thanks to three-dimensional modeling of fault sliding.
The first genetic evidence of a Denisovan population outside Denisova
Recommendations for scientific unions
Education is one of the roots of sustainable development. And it is not only for the younger ones.
A new grant from the European Research Council will fund an international research project on negative emissions technologies.
An international team of researchers has compiled and verified newly available data on the country’s CO2 sink, and, for the first time, they have quantitatively estimated the effect of China’s carbon mitigation efforts.
Community engagement, open access will strengthen science research in developing countries, writes Nyovani Madise.
Recommendations to instructors and parents and for local organizations
Science for the SDGs – Part 32: Sustainability science 7/8 – Open access to published scientific knowledge
Basic sciences are a common good, and as such must be accessible to everybody.
UN Secretary-General appoints 15 independent scientists to draft the second quadrennial Global Sustainable Development Report.
“Wheat blast” appeared in fields in Zambia. Fear is that it spreads in other countries.
The data base of good practices
Structures are important to define the way you do science, and the kind of science you can do.
In Colombia, the “Mission of Wise Men and Women” discussed, and made proposal, about the future of the country, with a lot of science.
Publication patterns (Part 2)
Publication patterns (Part 1)
Quality Research in Africa and Why It Is Important – 5/5 – What Are the Challenges to Scientific Research in Africa?
Scientists in Africa meet more or less the same challenges as their colleagues in other parts of the world.
Sustainability is also a serious matter for open access electronic publications.
Dang Thuy Binh, a scientist who studies river biodiversity in Vietnam tells about her work, and being a woman in science.
The Global Survey of Scientists (Part 2)
Gender equality in science (as elsewhere) will lead to substancial gains.
Quality Research in Africa and Why It Is Important – 4/5 – What Is the State of Scientific Publishing in Africa?
AAS is pushing for Open Access publishing of scientific results.
A prize for mathematicians from developing countries.
Folakemi Odedina, the founder and principal investigator at the Prostate Cancer Transatlantic Consortium, tells how she is turning brain drain into “brain gain” for Sub-Saharan Africa.
The Global Survey of Scientists (Part 1)
Some transformations to harness basic sciences for sustainable development may be controversial. What are the main points to be discussed?
Excellent research in Africa is mainly related to biology and health.
An online seminar and discussion to learn more about the future of sea food.
Water demand will continue to increase as its quality goes lower, espacially because of vegetation losses.
What is the Gender Gap in Science Project?
Sharing the Recommendation.
Science for the SDGs – Part 28: Sustainability science 3/8 – Indigenous knowledge for sustainable development
How can indigeneous knowledge and science cooperate for sustainable development?
Quality Research in Africa and Why It Is Important – 2/5 – Why Is Scientific Research in Africa Important?
Discovering new knowledge in the African context is good for Africa, and for the world.
Thanks to the EBARA company a new IUVSTA award has been introduced, in 2018.
An hydrological model reveals new zones where malaria may develop due to climate change.
Many academies are already engaging with the SDGs.
Some ideas about how tho use the Recommendation.
What is sustainability science?
A perspective on African research by two members of the secretariat of the African Academy of Sciences.
The many ways in which academies can advance SDGs.
Applying and using the Recommendation.
For the development of a new kind of science.
The reception of a satellite ground receiving station prefigures the mastery of space techniques for Earth observation.
Supporting the SDGs: A Guide for Merit-Based Academies – 4/6: How are the SDGs being implemented at the national level?
Implementation at national level depends… on the specific nation. However, a common reporting system has been set up by the United Nations.
Inclusive access to science and human capital.
Science for the SDGs – Part 25: The 2030 Agenda: a shared compass to harness advances in science and technology 7/7
A dialogue with society, more funding, and more women in science are keys for sustainable development.
The InterAcademy Partnership (IAP) recommends a set of actions and urges politicians and all stakeholders to join forces and solve the urgent issue of falsified and substandard medical products.
Supporting the SDGs: A Guide for Merit-Based Academies – 3/6: How are the SDGs being implemented at the international level?
Several groups, panels and forums are sharing the responsibility to follow the implementation of SDGs in the UN system.
Science for and with society.
Science for the SDGs – Part 24: The 2030 Agenda: a shared compass to harness advances in science and technology 6/7
Promises and risks of the digital revolution for sustainable development.
Nominate scientific breakthroughs before 7th September.
Supporting the SDGs: A Guide for Merit-Based Academies – 2/6: Why should academies support the SDGs?
There are two good reasons for science academies to work on SDGs.
Law and rights in science.
Science for the SDGs – Part 23: The 2030 Agenda: a shared compass to harness advances in science and technology 5/7
The SDGs must be a compass, but which direction is not fixed once and for all.
A partnership will help more countries to use a well proven technology to have more informations about their crops.
Listen to women scientists!
Why a guide about SDGs for science academies?
What are the key messages of the recommendation?
Science for the SDGs – Part 22: The 2030 Agenda: a shared compass to harness advances in science and technology 4/7
Several international scientific assessments are today produced on a more or less regular basis. How can they really inform, and influence, policies?
Hollow nanoparticles and trace elements in the environment were rewarded.
An online meeting that may interest scientists beyond chemistry.
In remote villages of the Peruvian Andes, a robot has taken over the classrooms.
As per its title, this recommendation has two concerns: science, and those who make it.
Science for the SDGs – Part 21: The 2030 Agenda: a shared compass to harness advances in science and technology 3/7
Some organizations that are already leading the action of linking science and technology with society.
Do people who got Ebola in Guinea in 2013 – 2016 and survived have long term health conditions? Yes, answers a new study, that show that research must be made even when ther is no urgency any more.
The Cameroonian government has decided to create logging concessions in a biodiversity sanctuary.
The president of the Clay Mathematics Institute, a major research center in the US, shares his thoughts about how research meetings and interactions could go on during the pandemic. A question that doesn’t concern only mathematicians. Leave your comments!
Some background before we go into this UNESCO recommendation.
Science for the SDGs – Part 20: The 2030 Agenda: a shared compass to harness advances in science and technology 2/7
Some means to articulate science and the needs of societies, expressed by SDGs.
The inventors of two mathematical theories that have transformed signal processing have been honored.
The Turkish Academy of Sciences just published a report about climate change and its impact on health.
Scientists have identified genes in local maize varieties that can fight off stemborers by summoning their natural enemies, raising hopes for pest-resistant varieties for African smallholders.
Why not producing drugs directly where it is needed in a living body, and with the right shape?
The United Nations organization in charge of science produced a text in 2017 which, without having the status of law, should inspire States, as well as researchers, around the world.
Science for the SDGs – Part 19: The 2030 Agenda: a shared compass to harness advances in science and technology 1/7
How can we articulate curiosity driven science and the solving of problems that we have today, or that we already foresee for tomorrow?
Growing trend towards science research from global South given boost by COVID-19 interruptions.
Better batteries thanks to improved stack technology.
Paul Woafo, professor at the University of Yaounde 1, receives the 2020 IUPAP Medal for Outstanding Contributions to the Enhancement of Physics in Developing Countries.
An evaluation of scientific success based on interactions with societies.
Could the COVID-19 crisis help to have more balanced research collaborations between the Globla North and the Global South? Some insights from Africa.
A new large-scale, open source hydrological and water resources model will support different stakeholder groups and scientific communities investigations.
Protecting wildlife on land and in the sea (SDGs 14 and 15) would have favorable economic consequences, improving several other SDGs.
Biomass pyrolysis produces coal, an energy vector, but also nanomaterials.
We definitely need interdisciplinary science to take the challenges that humanity faces today, that are highlighted by SGDs.
In Malawi, a project that used football to attract the youth and educate them on HIV/AIDS increased testing for HIV by about 30 per cent within this population.
Nanostructured black phosphorus has been introduced as electrode material for ammonia photoelectrochemical synthesis.
A vademecum to associate scientific research and the SDGs.
In 2019, the report of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) recalled the extent of biodiversity loss worldwide. In this context, the improvement of biodiversity exploration techniques is essential to implement targeted actions to protect ecosystems.
Luiz Eugenio Mello, who has recently been appointed as the scientific director of one of Brazil’s major research funding agencies shares his vision for this agency and for science.
Scientists shouldn’t be afraid of working for and with society.
An initiative that gives a voice to science experts.
Difficulties on the road toward SDGs depend both of the state of the scientific knowledge and social and political agreement.
The signature of a MoU between IUPAC and IUPAP about IYBSSD 2022.
It is always good to remind some statements that may seem obvious. For instance, that sciences are at the base of sustainable development.
Are you a young scientist from a developing country who wish to get a PhD in natural sciences? South Africa may be your next home.
Science diplomacy deserves a special attention, as more and more issues of national concern can only be treated at an international level, with the help of science.
Technological innovation is rooted in basic sciences research, which produces knowledge without emergency. “Finders” need researchers.
The importance of oceanography is massively underestimated in Africa, according to Rondrotiana Barimalala, the only woman from francophone Africa to be named a 2020 fellow of the Future Leaders-African Independent Research (FLAIR) programme.
Hydropower electricity generation would benefit more from a 1.5°C than a 2°C global climate warming scenario, shows a case study in Sumatra.
Pathways to transformation related to the global environmental commons also need more science.
We continue to read the SDGs science report, and come to the Science and technology part about Global environment commons.
A new working group of the Earth Commission, with renowned scientists from institutions around the world including IIASA, will investigate future pathways of how humanity might develop sustainably to ensure a safe and just world for all.
The first cohort of awardee for FLAIR AAS Fellowship has been presented.
The important congress about research and innovation for sustainable development has a new date, one year later.
The governance of the global environmental commons is based (in principle) on results of basic science.
Light sciences can help to achieve the SDGs, found the International Year of Light some years ago. Let’s have a look at SDG7 and SDG13.
Data collection and processing will help to fight the COVID-19 in Africa, and to tackle other sustainable development issues on the long term.
The results of a new study show that achieving the goals of the Paris Agreement will require a deep reduction in global greenhouse gas emissions, ideally by around 40% to 50% by 2030.
Light sciences can help to achieve the SDGs, found the International Year of Light some years ago. Let’s have a look at SDG6.
Interruptions to vaccination programmes caused by the COVID-19 pandemic could result in new waves of measles or polio outbreaks, health experts warn.
The SDGs compliant university ranking.
Light sciences can help to achieve the SDGs, found the International Year of Light some years ago. Let’s have a look at SDG4, SDG5 and SDG10.
A report synthesize the current knowledge from oceanic and atmospheric sciences about the El Niño -Southern Oscillation, one of the most influential weather phenomenon over the world.
African institutions are full members of a worldwide coalition to fight COVID-19.
A combination of a new satellites data processing and economical modelling helps to evaluate the possibility to achieve one of the SDG7 target in sub-Saharan Africa: universal access to affordable, reliable and modern energy services.
Genetically Modified Organisms and Information Systems to the rescue of sustainable agriculture.
Light sciences can help to achieve the SDGs, found the International Year of Light some years ago. Let’s have a look at SDG1, SDG2 and SDG3.
The use of antibiotics in aquaculture is likely to increase with climate change, leading to the emergence of more resistant bacteria.
It is a wonder all we can do with satellites for development.
Education reduces the vulnerability of populations toward climat change, but also can increase slighlty greenhouse gases emissions.
Can we produce enough food, in a sustainable way, at affordable prices? Agriculture is one of the nexus of SDGs.
In this opinion piece, Fazlun Khalid gives his view about what we should aim after the COVID-19 pandemics. Scientific research is in the programme, and not only for vaccines
Low-carbon technologies that are smaller scale, more affordable, and can be mass deployed are more likely to enable a faster transition to net-zero emissions.
Recognising exemplary contributions to chemistry outreach.
How can science help to progress toward economics systems that would be more sustainable (and more fair)?
We already told you about TROP-ICSU (aka Trans-disciplinary Research Oriented Pedagogy for Improving Climate Studies and Understanding), lead by IUBS and the International Union for Quaternary Science. ISC three-year funding ended at the end of 2019, and a recent blog post by ISC (a partner of IYBSSD 2022) reports on the main results. Three achievements…
The International Science Programme at Uppsala University supports IYBSSD 2022. Let’s have a look at their vision on the relationships between basic sciences and sustainable development.
The current pandemics gives a peculiar look to some content of the report published in September 2019.
An annual meeting organized in Japan talked about the need for basic research.
Indigenous communities around the globe are closing borders in an effort to avoid a potentially devastating coronavirus outbreak in their territories.
As the COVID-19 pandemic sweeps across the globe, IIASA researchers are working to visualize key demographic and socioeconomic information to help inform decisions by health professionals, governments, and policymakers.
As light sources push the limits of research and innovation, it’s important not to leave any regions in the dark. One effort to increase access to these rare and complex facilities is LAAAMP—Lightsources for Africa, the Americas, Asia and Middle East Project.
“Global sustainable development, implying the environmental, economic and social dimensions of sustainability, as well as the need to face the challenges of growing complexity, requires intense research efforts, interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary approaches.” This quote could be from the UNESCO resolution for IYBSSD 2022. It comes in fact from the final declaration of the 2013 Rio…
The Global Young Academy (GYA) gathers 200 young scientists from all over the world (each member is elected for a 5 years period). They are all selected because they are brilliant scientists, but also because they want to enhance the role of science on the planet. Their programme is then totally coherent with IYBSSD 2022,…
ISC Presents is a podcast by the International Science Council. It discusses the challenges, stories, and celebrations of science while seeking to encourage international action on concerns to both science, and society.
Trans-disciplinary Research Oriented Pedagogy for Improving Climate Studies and Understanding (TROP-ICSU)
Together with the International Union for Quaternary Science (INQUA), IUBS is the leading scientific organisation in this project funded by the International Science Council for Science (ISC). Importance Understanding the dynamics of Earth’s ecosystem and identifying measures to sustain it for the future requires immediate action with multidisciplinary approaches. Research efforts to identify key factors…
If we want to reach the 17 SDGs in 2030, as the UN General Assembly decided in 2015, we must know where we are regarding to the goals, and to the detailed targets, and on which trajectories we are. The report The future is now, published in september 2019 gives an evaluation. In some fields,…
The Executive Board of IYBSSD 2022 is pleased to announce the involvement of the online media SciDev.Net, which focuses on the relationships between science and sustainable development. The news section of our website will regularly (once a week hopefully) publish articles written worldwide by SciDev.Net journalists. Anyone who is interested in the contribution of science…
IAP outlines a set of measures to protect forests and fight climate change in response to the ongoing global crisis surrounding deforestation and forest burning
Methane is a gas that deserves more attention in the climate debate as it contributes to almost half of human-made global warming in the short-term. A new IIASA study shows that it is possible to significantly contribute to reduced global warming through the implementation of available technology that limits methane release to the atmosphere.
Research in the global South is frequently underfunded and overlooked, but a new initiative is boosting a range of studies, from sustainable development, to soil salinity, and care for the elderly suffering chronic diseases.
As we wrote in a previous post, we post here some content from the science report about SGDs The Future is Now. A first point made by the report may seem obvious but is worth saying again : SDGs are all interconnected. The figure that opens this post gives a summary of these interconnections, and…
A workshop report on interdisciplinary research in epidemic preparedness, a topic of high relevance as the world watches the outbreak of the novel coronavirus unfold has just been launched by the InterAcademy Partnership (IAP), the Academy of Medical Sciences, and the Medical Research Council.
In September 2019, a group of 15 independent scientists co-chaired by Peter Messerli, University of Bern, Switzerland, and Endah Murniningtyas, National Development Planning Agency, Republic of Indonesia, submitted the first scientific report about SDGs to the United Nations Secretary General. They gave this report the title The Future is Now – Science for Achieving Sustainable…
The International Mineralogical Association will celebrate mineralogy throughout the world in 2022. These celebrations will be within IYBSSD 2022. 2022 will be the bicentennial of the death of René Just Haüy (born 1743) who is a father of modern mineralogy and crystallography. 1822 is also when Haüy’s Traité de minéralogie and Traité de cristallographie were…
Low- and middle-income countries could see an 80 per cent rise in cancer over the next 20 years if treatment and prevention services are not stepped up, according to the latest World Cancer Report. The report, compiled by the World Health Organization (WHO), warns that cancer prevention is taking a back seat in poor countries,…
Last year, Marie Korsaga became the first female astrophysicist in West Africa after completing her PhD in astrophysics at South Africa’s University of Cape Town on the theme ‘The distribution of dark and visible matter in spiral and irregular galaxies’. It was the culmination of seven years of intense research. The Burkinabe says she had…
On November 26th 2019, the 40th session of the General Conference of the UNESCO proclaimed March 14th as the International Day of Mathematics. The first official celebration will be on 14th March 2020 with the theme “Mathematics is everywhere”. The International Day of Mathematics (IDM) is a worldwide celebration. Each year on 14th March, all…
Michel Spiro, President of the Steering Committee of IYBSD 2022, gave the following comment during the official celebration of the International Day of Women and Girls in Science In New York United Nation Headquarters on 11th February 2020. “On behalf of IUPAP (the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics) and, I am sure I…
The Sustainable Research and Innovation 2020 Congress (SRI2020), of which IRD is a partner, will be held from 14th to 17th June 2020 in Brisbane, Australia. The call for papers is now open. On this occasion, “popcorn sessions“ and “demonstration sessions“ will be organised to allow different audiences to learn and exchange on the latest…
The 11th February 2020, we will celebrate the 5th International Day of Women and Girls in Science. This annual celebration is particularly important as we are preparing IYBSSD 2022: the suppression of the gender gap in any field is the SDG n.5, and it is particularly important in science. On this occasion, Michel Spiro, president…
The first Memorandum of Understanding for the organization of IYBSSD 2022 was signed in Paris on Thursday 16th January 2020 by Jean-Paul Moatti, President and CEO of IRD, and Michel Spiro, President of IUPAP. This signature took place after a lunch with some French science journalists, who had confronted transport difficulties in the French capital.…
“We acknowledge that scientific freedom can only be respected by society if it is based on strict ethical principles. We call on the international scientific community to develop new standards for the fulfilment of academic freedom, and to create tools to describe, monitor and measure its integral conditions. We acknowledge the vital nature of curiosity-driven…
“What a wonderful time it is to be discussing this topic, as we celebrate the designation by the current UNESCO General Conference of 2022 as International Year of Basic Sciences for Development. Jordan was proud to champion this initiative with several partner nations, and many individuals who made this dream a reality are in this…
How can basic sciences infrastructures contribute to sustainable development? This question was at the center of what can be seen as the first pre-event of the International Year of Basic Sciences for Sustainable Development. The exact title of the session organized and moderated by Michel Spiro, President of IUPAP and of IYBSSD steering committee, and…