Video | Business Headlines | Internet | Science | Scientific Ethics | Technology | Search

 

Sir Peter Gluckman to lead new global council for sciences


MEDIA RELEASE

THURSDAY, JULY 5, 2018


Sir Peter Gluckman to lead new global council for sciences

University of Auckland Distinguished Professor Sir Peter Gluckman has been picked to head a new international body of influential science institutions.

University of Auckland Distinguished Professor Sir Peter Gluckman has been picked to head a new international body of influential science institutions.

Sir Peter was elected President-Elect of the International Science Council at its inaugural General Assembly in Paris on 4 July. The ISC is a new global body that combines two well-established and highly respected scientific organisations: the International Council for Science (ICSU) and the International Social Science Council (ISSC).

The merger – which has a combined membership of more than 180 organisations - gives the ISC a strong and unique voice on increasingly complex issues that require an approach that cuts across different scientific fields.

Sir Peter will hold the role of President-elect of the Council until 2021 and then will succeed to three years as President until 2024. South African mathematician Daya Reddy is the first President and will serve from 2018-2021.

Sir Peter outlined his vision to the General Assembly.

“Our world is becoming more fractured at the very time we need concerted efforts to address global and domestic issues,” he said. “Technological and social changes create both challenges and opportunities for enhancing the environment, society and the economy. All knowledge disciplines and sciences ranging from basic/fundamental to stakeholder-engaged have critical roles to play: undertaking excellent research, building capacity and global collaboration, and communicating results and their implications to both society and policymakers.”

Sir Peter ended his tenure as Prime Minister’s Chief Science Advisor on 30 June and will now focus on science diplomacy.

Based at the University of Auckland, Sir Peter also chairs the International Network for Government Science Advice as well as leading the secretariat of the Small Advanced Economies Initiative. He is currently co-developing the Centre for Science in Policy, Diplomacy and Society (SciPoDS) as part of the University’s Public Policy Institute. He was the founding Director of the University’s Liggins Institute, with which he will also be continuing to work.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines

 

Judicial Review: China Steel Tarrif Rethink Ordered

On 5 July 2017 the Minister determined not to impose duties on Chinese galvanised steel coil imports. NZ Steel applied for judicial review of the Minister’s decision. More>>

Debt: NZ Banks Accelerate Lending In June Quarter

New Zealand's nine major lenders boosted lending at the fastest quarterly pace in almost two years as fears over bad debts subsided. More>>

ALSO:

Balance Of Trade: Annual Current Account Deficit Widens To $9.5 Billion

New Zealand’s current account deficit for the year ended June 2018 widened to $9.5 billion, 3.3 percent of GDP, Stats NZ said today. More>>

ALSO:

Talking Up The Economy: NZD Gains On PM's Mistaken GDP Comment

Her comments were downplayed by her chief press secretary who said she was referring the government's June year financial statements and had "made a mistake." More>>

ALSO: