The International Science Council (ISC) is delighted to announce it has appointed over 100 new ISC Fellows, in recognition of outstanding contributions to promoting science as a global public good. The Fellowship is the highest honour that can be conferred on an individual by the ISC. Together with the 123 individuals that were appointed in 2022, the new ISC Fellows will support the Council in its mission at a critical moment for science and sustainability for science as we enter the UN’s International Decade of Sciences for Sustainable Development (IDSSD) in 2024.
The new Fellows include eminent social and natural scientists, engineers and thought leaders who have made impactful contributions to science and society. They hail from different countries and regions, disciplines, sectors and career stages; having been nominated by ISC Members and existing Fellows, and by partners such as the InterAcademy Partnership. Additionally, two Honorary Fellows have been appointed – Ambassadors Macharia Kamau and Csaba Kőrösi – joining Mary Robinson, Ismail Serageldin and Vint Cerf in special recognition of their outstanding support to the ISC. Both ordinary and honorary Fellows provide a critical, diverse mass of special individuals who can supplement the insight, expertise and perspectives of ISC Member organizations.
As Professor Terrence Forrester, Chair of the Fellowship Council, explained, “The ISC Fellowship recognizes individuals who are ambassadors and advocates working tirelessly for science internationally and for the vital importance of evidence-informed policymaking. ISC Fellows hail from wide-ranging geographies, sectors, disciplines and career stages, and we look forward to working with them all in multiple capacities in the coming months and years.”
In accepting the Honorary Fellowship, Emeritus Professor Cheryl E Praeger AC FAA, Senior Honorary Research Fellow, Physics Mathematics Computing / Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Western Australia said: “I was so thrilled to learn that I may be appointed a Fellow of the International Science Council as the ISC is the international voice of science for the public good. I saw this role of the ISC in action during my term as member of the ISC’s Committee for Freedom and Responsibility in Science, and I am very pleased to see the ISC’s role this year promoting the formation of a new Pacific national science academy in our region. Currently I have the privilege to serve on the National Science and Technology Council providing science advice to the Prime Minister and other Ministers, and I look forward to this new opportunity to contribute through the ISC.”
With the SDGs seriously off-track mid-way through Agenda 2030 and the world facing multiple existential threats, the collective efforts of the ISC Fellows and Members to see science used for the global good have never been more important.