JUN
02

Media Info Note: Pan-African Science, Society & Policy Indaba

 Cape Town is the chosen venue for the launch of an annual consultative process looking at the true robustness of science and society-led policy-making inside the Africa 54. The common goal is to arrive at a Cape Town Declaration on Ethics & Principles of Science & Society Policy-Making for Africa in time for the World Science Forum 2021. This indaba is Co-Chaired by Prof. Roseanne Diab, Executive Officer of the Academy of Science of SA (ASSAf) and Prof. Julian Kinderlerer, Emeritus Professor Cape Town University and Member, European Group on Ethics.

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SEP
05

UNESCO appoints SciCom as International Adviser for the 1st Latin American & Caribbean Open Science Forum (CILAC), 6 – 9 September, Montevideo, Uruguay

"As an ambitious start-up aiming to colour-in Latin America and the Caribbean on the global science conferencing map, CILAC 2016 is delighted to receive so many pledges of help and encouragement."

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JUL
22

Media Consultation Event: Towards a New Blueprint of Ethics & Principles of Science-Policy-Making

A five-year-long, bottom-up initiative scrutinising the way in which we 'make policy' and allow scientific evidence and stakeholder opinion to influence it ends in Manchester in the margins of ESOF 2016. Involving over 250 groups and networks worldwide, the outcome is a draft text proposing 20 principles that will be finalised in time for the launch of a Brussels Declaration on 28th September, 2016 (see annex). This text then forms an important blueprint for the recently formed International Network of Government Science Advice (INGSA) to work from, as it engages more broadly during four consultation events held on four continents. The final step will be the announcement of Universal Ethics & Principles during the World Science Forum being held in Jordan in 2017.

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JUL
19

Conference Start-Ups Igniting Inclusive Science & Society Engagement

Just as a pile of bricks is not a house, science without proper public engagement remains incomplete. This talk brings together key personalities behind 6 prominent science conference start-ups, mostly female. It spotlights new voices at the nexus of science and society from 5 continents.

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JUL
19

Towards a New Blueprint of Ethics & Principles of Science Policy-Making

Science speaks to politics, policy and power precisely because it has evidence. But it must do so using ever-more complex, contingent and contested knowledge. Claim and counter-claim of 'evidence-based policy versus policy-biased evidence' are indistinguishable. The practice of science has been re-shaped by endogenous and exogenous forces in recent decades. Public policy-making, too, has changed in a number of ways.

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JUL
19

Boston 2017: American Association for the Advancement of Science Selects SciCom

The Program Committee for the 2017 AAAS Annual Meeting, to be held February 16-20 in Boston, have just informed SciCom & Partners of the following scientific proposal successes.

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JUL
13

Be the First to Know: Upcoming Science Conferences 2016 - 2018

15h45 – 16h15, Monday 25th July, ESOF Press Room

The science conferencing circuit is getting more exciting and diversified by the day as new national and regional groupings enter the fray. This press point brings together the 'talking heads' of five such events taking place in the next nine months where media presence is both encouraged and facilitated.

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JUL
13

Media Consultation Event: Refining the 2016 Brussels Declaration Towards New Ethics & Principles of Science & Society Policy-Making

12h50 – 13h20, Tuesday 26th July, ESOF Press Room

Science speaks to politics, policy and power precisely because it has evidence. But it must do so using ever more complex, contingent and contested knowledge. The views of media are central to this. Claim and counter-claim of 'evidence-based policy versus policy-biased evidence' are hardly distinguishable.

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JUN
21

UNESCO appoints SciCom as International Adviser for the 1st Latin American & Caribbean Open Science Forum (CILAC)

6 – 9 September, Montevideo, Uruguay

"As an ambitious start-up aiming to colour-in Latin America and the Caribbean on the global science conferencing map, CILAC 2016 is delighted to receive so many pledges of help and encouragement."

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FEB
02
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Is EU Research Funding Apartheid A Fact?

Five hundred research institutes, both within and outside of the EU scooped 60 per cent of the EU’s €55 billion Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) budget, according to an independent review just carried out by 12 academies. In total, 139,000 proposals were received of which 25,000 or just fewer than 18% were successful.

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FEB
02
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Forum of Global Fora 2016 Washington D.C. to Announce Landmark ‘Mini-Brain’ & ‘Chemical Mapping’ Research

This year’s thematic guest lecture will include first insights into ground-breaking research conducted by the John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. The creation of ‘mini brains’ in a JHU lab could prove instrumental in our efforts to study neurological diseases. By using human derived structures, scientists hope for better research and reduced animal testing.

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JAN
14
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SciCom to organise The Forum of Global Fora 2016

SciCom is happy to announce that we will partner with the world’s largest science conference organisers in Washington D.C. on Friday 12th February to ignite conversations about science in the public interest. A VIP networking reception for 150 leading science diplomats, Chief Science Advisers and Ministers is being held in the Omni Shoreham Hotel’s Blue Room where legends from Frank Sinatra to Lisa Minelli have performed.

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JAN
14
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Ban-ki Moon’s Health Envoy to partner with SciCom – Making Sense of Science

Prof. Michel Kazatchkine, Member of the Global Commission on Drugs Policy headed by Kofi Annan, UN Secretary General, Ban-ki Moon’s Special Envoy on HIV/AIDS in Eastern Europe and Central Asia and Former Executive Director of the Global Fund to Fight Aids, Tuberculosis & Malaria is teaming up with SciCom at the AAAS Annual Meeting being held in Washington D.C. from 11 – 15 February next.

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SEP
20
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AAAS 2016: SciCom to partner with NIH-NIDA, JHU, JnJ, UN, SA & JP Governments

SciCom is delighted to announce that it will co-organise two high-profile symposia at AAAS 2016 titled: “Neuroscience Clues To The Chemistry of Addictions & Mood Disorders” & “Statecraft & Scalpel: Regional & Global Health Diplomacy in 2016 And Beyond”.

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JUN
26
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EuroScience Celebrates Partnership with Johnson & Johnson and Five European Foundations

EuroScience teamed up with GB member Aidan Gilligan’s SciCom, Julian Kinderlerer, the chair of the European Group on Ethics, and Michel Kazatchkine, UN SG Ban Ki-moon’s special Envoy on HIV/AAIDS for Central Asia and East and Central Europe for a high-level reception and dinner in Brussels on June 17, 2015. For EuroScience this was an opportunity to celebrate our partnership with Johnson&Johnson and five European Foundations. The picture shows Dr. Frederik Wittock and Dr. Ludo Lauwers from J&J, and Treasurer Tony Mayer and Secretary General Peter Tindemans.

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JUN
26
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JST Appoints SciCom as Strategic International Engagement Adviser

The Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) has appointed SciCom – Making Sense of Science as its Strategic International Engagement Adviser.

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JUN
26
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The World Science Forum Budapest

The World Science Forum Budapest, 4 – 7 November, 2015 has appointed SciCom – Making Sense of Science as its Media Partner.

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JUN
02
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EuroScience Open Forum 2016 Manchester

EuroScience Open Forum, the largest multidisciplinary science meeting in Europe, will be proudly hosted by Manchester in July 2016.

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MAY
18
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New Grouping “Forum of Global Fora"

SciCom – Making Sense of Science has partnered with organisers of the world’s top science events to create a new grouping titled “Forum of Global Fora” which was launched at a VIP Reception on 13th February, 2015 at the Annual Meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in San José, California: https://aaas.confex.com/aaas/2015/webprogram/Session10302.html

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FEB
17
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Science Races to Catch Up to E-Cigarettes' Popularity

By Leigh Cooper

SAN JOSE, California — Science has firmly labeled tobacco products hazardous to human health, but the consequences of using e-cigarettes are still hazy. While the popularity of these battery-powered devices that produce nicotine vapor explodes, scientists are hurrying to gather data on the use of e-cigarettes and their health effects. Meanwhile, e-cigarette companies and consumers are waiting for governments to create regulations using the limited science that is available. "E-cigarettes show tremendous promise as a tool for helping confirmed smokers that don't respond to other approaches to quitting smoking," said Wilson Compton, deputy director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse during a 13 February press conference on the health effects of e-cigarettes at the AAAS Annual Meeting. "But for non-smokers and particularly adolescent non-smokers, e-cigarettes are not without some risks and concerns."

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