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International Social Science Council (ISSC)

We're excited to give you an update on what’s new in the ongoing planning process for the proposed merger between the ISSC and the International Council for Science (ICSU). The start of 2017 has seen two major milestones in the process with the meetings of the Strategy Working Group (SWG) and Transition Task Force (TTF) in Paris.


The groups had been tasked respectively with proposing a high-level strategy and structure for a new, merged organization.

The SWG opened with a one-and-a-half day workshop to discuss the future of global science, and possible roles of a prospective new council for the natural and social sciences. All candidates nominated by ICSU and ISSC members for the group were invited to the workshop, together with a number of additional experts. See here for a summary, including photos, of the event. This was followed by an additional one-and-a-half day SWG working session to further refine and synthesize ideas. A strong consensus emerged from these discussions about the need for a unified, global voice that speaks and stands for the value of all science (from fundamental to stakeholder-engaged science) and its continued advancement, throughout the world and for the benefit of all. A brief report is available here.

An initial document outlining key principles and priorities for the new strategy will be sent to members for comment before the end of March. 

The TTF met after the SWG events to discuss proposed structures for a new council fit for the 21st century, drawing on thinking that emerged from the Strategy Working Group workshop and meeting. Work streams and actions resulting from the meeting are available here.

Further documentation relating to the meetings and the transition planning process is available here

Call for funding proposals: Transformations to Sustainability


The Belmont Forum, NORFACE and the ISSC, as the Transformations to Sustainability funders, have together launched a new funding programme under the banner of “Transformations to Sustainability” (T2S).

This T2S call will contribute to re-structuring the broad field of sustainability research by placing social science and humanities at the heart of interdisciplinary research, in a step-change in scale and scope for research programming on this topic. The programme is structured around three themes; every research project should focus on at least one of these themes:
  • Governance and institutional dimensions of transformations to sustainability
  • Economy and finance of transformations to sustainability
  • Well-being, quality of life, identity, and social and cultural values in relation to transformations to sustainability
The programme also aims to tap into and develop existing knowledge by facilitating new collaborations between countries which are not frequently involved in large-scale international collaborative research efforts, notably low- and middle-income countries. With the support of the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), the ISSC is participating in the programme with dedicated funding for research teams in low- and lower-middle-income countries.

Projects funded under the research programme will be led by a Main Applicant from the social sciences or humanities, and project teams will involve researchers in at least three eligible countries. The funding available for this T2S programme over a period of three years has been set at a minimum of €13 million across the international funding partners. 

Read the full call documents and apply
T-Learning network in Vietnam
Call for pre-proposals: Advancing the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 11 in African cities

As part of the 5-year LIRA 2030 programme, ICSU, in partnership with the Network of African Science Academies (NASAC) and the ISSC, will support 10 collaborative research projects across Africa (to the value of up to 90,000 Euro each over two years) that will advance the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 11 (sustainable cities and communities) in Africa.

We're pleased to announce a call for pre-proposals to identify research projects that will explore the development of new approaches and strategies towards the innovative re-thinking of urban futures - in partnership with local authorities, industry, communities, and government.

Applicants should have no more than 10 years' work experience following their PhDs or equivalent research experience. The deadline for pre-proposal submission is 17 April 2017.
T-Learning network in Vietnam
Transformations to Sustainability programme networks gain momentum

The 'T-Learning' network engages with communities interested in transforming their situations towards sustainability through learning together. In 2017, activities have taken place in Colombia, Malawi, South Africa and Vietnam.

A report from the recent Conflict Transformation and Environmental Justice Think-Tank held at the University of East Anglia (UEA), UK and attended by members of 'ACKnowl-EJ' network is now available to download.

Pathways network partners started the year with events on access to solar PV solutions through mobile payments (Kenya); the availability of clean water and the problem of waste water in Gurgaon (India); and on developments on open source seeds (UK). 
T-Learning network in Vietnam

New translation of 2013 Report on global change

A Spanish translation of the 2013 World Social Science Report: Changing Global Environments has been published by CLACSO (the Latin American Council of Social Sciences) under the title Informe mundial sobre ciencias sociales: Cambios ambientales globales. 

The Report, which contains 108 articles by some 150 authors from all over the world, is translated into Spanish in its entirety and is available for open access download.

A Spanish translation of the Executive Summary of the 2013 Report is also available for download (published 2013).

TD workshop participants
We recently organized a three-day workshop to advance collaboration on capacity building for transdisciplinary (TD) research.

Representatives from key organizations involved in TD research worldwide took part in the workshop in Paris, which was the latest in a series of initiatives convened by the ISSC and partners to support and sustain capacity building in TD research. The three-day workshop was organized by the ISSC and hosted by ICSU.

A report of the workshop will be available on our website soon. 

Five new members for Transformations to Sustainability Steering Committee


Five new members have been appointed to the Transformations to Sustainability Steering Committee for the period 2017 to 2018. They are John Gaventa, Jackie Olang, Úrsula Oswald Spring, Boshra Salem and Richard Tutwiler. Together with the continuing members of the Committee, they constitute a diverse panel of knowledge-holders on social transformation and sustainability.

Honorary Award for Else Øyen


Else Øyen, our former President and former CROP Director, has received the Norwegian Association of Sociologists' Honorary Award for 2017. The Honorary Award is given to researchers who have made an impact in the field of sociology in Norway and/or internationally. This award recognizes Else's pioneering work in Norwegian and international sociology, as well as her role as an organizer and institution builder.

Vacancies

Administrative Assistant, ISSC
The ISSC is looking for an Administrative Assistant to provide administrative support to the ISSC Secretariat in its programmes and activities. Based in the ISSC Secretariat in Paris, France, the Administrative Assistant will provide support with meeting organization, diary management and record keeping. Apply by 3 March 2017.

Communications Coordinator, Arab Council for the Social Sciences

The Arab Council for the Social Sciences (ACSS) is looking for a Communications Coordinator to join its Secretariat in Beirut, Lebanon.The Communications Coordinator is responsible for providing assistance and input on communications functions, with a focus on monitoring and reporting, building a positive public image for the ACSS and ensuring that communication within the organization is effective. Apply as soon as possible.

Dates for your diary

State, Sovereignty and Social Space in the Arab Region: Emerging Historical and Theoretical Approaches” The Arab Council for the Social Sciences Third Conference
Starts: March 10 2017
Location: Beirut, Lebanon

Ethnografilm Festival
Starts: April 11 2017
Location: Paris, France

WorldSSH Net Conference: "Two Decades' discourse about Globalising Social Sciences - Concepts, Strategies, Achievements"
Starts: April 26 2017
Location: Tehran, Iran

Fourth Annual Social Science Conference: The Environment and Social Transformation
Starts: May 19 2017
Location: Ifrane, Morocco

Fifth World Conference on Research Integrity
Starts: May 28 2017
Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands

17th Conference of the Science Council of Asia
Starts: June 14 2017
Location: Pasay City, Philippines

Globalization, Growth and Sustainability – 18th World International Economic Association (IEA) Congress
Starts: June 19 2017
Location: Santa Fe, Mexico

Depths and Surfaces: Understanding the Antarctic Region through the Humanities and Social Sciences
Call for papers open - submit by March 3 2017
Starts: July 5, 2017
Location: Hobart, Tasmania

The Politics of Inclusion: International Workshop organized by CROP (Comparative Research Programme on Poverty) and UNESCO's Management of Social Transformations (MOST) Programme
Starts: July 6 2017
Location: Paris, UK

7th Berlin Summer School in Social Sciences – Linking Theory and Empirical Research
Call for applications by March 31 2017
Starts: July 16 2017
Location: Berlin, Germany

Summer Institute on Critical Security Studies in the Arab world
Starts: July 17 2017
Location: Beirut, Lebanon

EADI Nordic Conference 2017: Globalisation at the Crossroads - Rethinking Inequalities and Boundaries
Starts: August 21 2017
Bergen, Norway

Transformations 2017
Starts: August 30 2017
Location: Dundee, UK 

European Consortium for Political Research - 2017 General Conference
Starts: September 6, 2017
Location: Oslo, Norway

International Transdisciplinarity Conference 2017
Call for contributions by March 10 2017
Starts: September 11, 2017
Location: Lüneburg, Germany

International CODATA 2017 Conference, “Global Challenges and Data-Driven Science
Call for papers will open soon
Starts: October 8, 2017
Location: St Petersburg, Russia

Political Science in the Digital Age
Call for proposals open - submit by April 15 2017
Starts: December 4, 2017
Location: Hanover, Germany

POLAR 2018 - Joint SCAR and IASC conference
Starts: June 19 2018
Location: Davos, Switzerland
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