The International Science Council China Committee (ISC-China), inaugurated in 2018 under the China Association for Science and Technology (CAST), held its 2019 plenary session in Beijing on January 16, 2020.
ISC-China holds its 2019 plenary session in Beijing on January 16, 2020.
Over 30 ISC-China members, representatives of concerned societies and research institutes, and ISC-China Secretariat members attended the meeting, including Li Jinghai, vice president of CAST, vice president of ISC and president of ISC-China, Lyu Yonglong, president of the Pacific Science Association (PSA) and vice president of ISC-China, Han Yafang, president of the International Union of Materials Research Societies (IUMRS) and vice president of ISC-China, Li Jianhui, vice president of the Committee on Data for Science and Technology (CODATA) and vice president of ISC-China, and Wang Qinglin, vice director general of the CAST Department of International Affairs and vice president of ISC-China.
Wang Qinglin moderated the meeting.
Li Jinghai introduced the work of ISC since its creation in July 2018 through a merger between the International Council for Science (ICSU) and the International Social Science Council (ISSC), especially its "Action Plan 2019-2021: Advancing Science as A Global Public Good".
The core of the Action Plan is a portfolio of 12 projects and programs of critical importance to science and to society. Based on the vision and mission of ISC, they belong to four “domains of impact”: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Digital Revolution, Science in Policy and Public Discourse, the Evolution of Science and Science Systems.
ISC expects to enhance its global presence and its participation in global science and technology governance through the projects and programs, Li said.
ISC-China secretary general Qin Jiuyi delivered a report on ISC-China’s work in 2019 and its plan for 2020.
The Chinese angencies for the three ISC programs, Intergrated Research on Disaster Risk, Future Earth, and Urban Health and Well-being, also gave reports on their 2019 work and 2020 plans.
After hearing the reports, ISC-China members held lively discussions on the work to be done in 2020 and beyond.
They also exchanged views on how to enable Chinese scientists to better take a post and perform their duties in international organizations and bring their role in strengthening cooperation into full play.
In his summary remarks, Li stressed that faced with profound changes rarely seen in a century, the world is undergoing a transformation in both its science system and science and technology governance system.
Under such circumstances, Li urged, international science organizations should seize the opportunities presented by the changes in research paradigms, uphold the idea of peace, development, cooperation and mutual benefit, promote open and globalized science, and jointly address global challenges and accomplish the goals of global sustainable development .
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