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Early Career Scientist Panel at the International Council for Science (ICSU) General Assembly

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Six early-career scientists were invited to participate in a panel at the International Council for Science (ICSU) General Assembly in Auckland, New Zealand on September 3, 2014.

ICSU is a non-governmental organization with the mission to "strengthen international science for the benefit of society" through promoting international research collaboration, science for policy, and making science more open, equitable, and ethical throughout the world. Its members consist of over 120 national scientific academies of distinguished scholars elected to provide scientific advice and service to their countries (including the National Academy of Sciences in the US, and the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, who award most of the Nobel Prizes). Other members include international scientific unions, which focus on promoting scientific subject areas (like the International Union of Biological Sciences). More info: http://www.icsu.org/

The panelists focused on three priorities for early-career scientists (integrating early career scientists in leadership, providing career support through networks and mentoring, and opportunities and incentives for science for society).

At the end of the session, a decision was proposed by UK Delegate and early career panelist Yvonne Gruender, which was unanimously approved by the voting members of ICSU.

Please note that these slides were slightly modified after presentation (addition of slides 1 & 5, and title to slide 2) to facilitate standalone understanding.

Full panel notes will be posted on http://www.kimnicholas.com/

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Early Career Scientist Panel at the International Council for Science (ICSU) General Assembly

  1. 1. Early Career Scien-st Panel Interna-onal Council for Science (ICSU) General Assembly (GA) 3 September 2014 Chair: Kim Nicholas, Lund University Centre for Sustainability Studies, Sweden @KA_Nicholas Chris-ne Jasoni, Department of Anatomy, University of Otago, @JasoniCL Fola Babalola, Center for Environmental Economics and Policy in Africa, University of Pretoria, South Africa. @folababs2000 Jianzhong Xu, Chinese Academy of Sciences, @JackLZC Yvonne Grunder, Department of Physics, Liverpool University @YvonneGruender Wilma Waterlander, Na-onal Ins-tute for Health Innova-on , University of Auckland, New Zealand, @wwaterlander Thanks for travel support from: ICSU, the German Research Founda-on (DFG), Royal Society (UK), Royal Society of New Zealand, China Associa-on for Science and Technology
  2. 2. Using Twi]er to bring #ICSUGA to over 50,000 people
  3. 3. Early Career Scien-st Priori-es 1. Leadership 2. Career Support (networks and mentoring) 3. Opportuni-es and incen-ves for science for society
  4. 4. Transla-ng Priori-es to Ac-ons For…
  5. 5. Na-onal & Union Members • Establish/expand early career networks & mentoring • Involve in General Assembly delega-on
  6. 6. Intergovernmental Bodies (Future Earth, IPBES, IPCC...) • Engage early-­‐career scien-sts in science policy and communica-on • Con-nue and expand co-­‐design prac-ces • Develop communi-es of prac-ce involving early career scien-sts
  7. 7. Funding, Review & Reward Agencies • Design incen-ves to value interdisciplinary science, outreach, communica-on & policy
  8. 8. Coordina-ng Bodies (ICSU, ISSC, IAP, TWAS, IAC) • Work together to coordinate networks (in person and online) • Support mobility programmes • Support communica-on and policy opportuni-es • Guidelines for Ø incen-ves that value science for society Ø inclusive recruitment & diversity in leadership
  9. 9. Everyone! • Integrate early career scien-sts in leadership throughout your organiza-ons • Par-cipate in vision-­‐ and agenda-­‐segng • Serve on scien-fic and policy commi]ees and execu-ve boards • Involve in process of publica-on: peer review, editorial boards • Publicize opportuni-es and make merit-­‐based nomina-ons • Design, par-cipate in, and review conferences
  10. 10. Proposed decision text • We urge the execu-ve board to take ac-on within ICSU to integrate and involve early career scien-sts – in advisory, review and governance bodies as appropriate • and encourage its na-onal and union members, interdisciplinary bodies, and associates to support early career scien-sts through: – Mentoring and career support networks – Opportuni-es and incen-ves to engage in science for society – Including them in day-­‐to-­‐day business between GAs and in the GA delega-on • And to report back on progress made for the next GA.

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