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Natural And Social Sciences: ICSU Embraces The Need To Work More Closely Together

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October 23, 2008
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Natural and social sciences must work together to help solve some of the most pressing issues facing society. That's the message in a report delivered today to the global scientific community at the 29th General Assembly of the International Council for Science in Maputo, Mozambique.

Natural and social sciences must work together to help solve some of the most pressing issues facing society. That’s the message in a report delivered recently to the global scientific community at the 29th General Assembly of the International Council for Science (ICSU) in Maputo, Mozambique.

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"Global change, environment and natural resources management, sustainable development, poverty reduction, and environment and human health, are some of the major scientific research challenges currently being tackled by ICSU. But these issues cannot be solved without understanding the impact of people on these issues and the impact of these issues on people—that is, social science," said Anne Whyte, a member of ICSU’s Committee on Scientific Planning and Review (CSPR) and a former Director General for Environment and Natural Resources of the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) in Canada.

The report, "Enhancing Involvement of Social Sciences in ICSU," identifies social sciences as being essential for the implementation of the ICSU Strategic Plan 2006-2011. Recommendations in the report include: that ICSU continue to encourage the participation of social sciences on its committees, task forces and collaborative research initiatives; stimulate more social sciences unions to join ICSU; and to work with the International Social Sciences Council (ISSC) as a key partner in strengthening international social science of relevance for implementing ICSU’s Strategic Plan.

Whyte said: "ICSU’s mission is to strengthen international science for the benefit of society. To do this, the natural and social sciences must be fully involved; working together to provide knowledge to solve global challenges."

Heide Hackmann, Secretary-General of the International Social Sciences Council (ISSC) agreed: "High quality social scientific knowledge is becoming necessary knowledge for policymakers, business and community leaders, and natural scientists alike. In this environment the ISSC has taken on the challenge of becoming the major global social scientific player alongside, and in collaboration with, ICSU in addressing key global challenges."

But it’s not all smooth sailing. There are barriers that must be overcome: natural and social scientists speak different languages; many institutions are not equipped to deal with interdisciplinary research; and there is resistance among some scientists from both sides of the table.

"The key to success is that natural and social scientists must work together on research agenda setting. One field cannot merely provide services for the other—they both must be involved in setting research goals. And you need to choose the right people," said Roberta Balstad of the Center for Research on Environmental Decisions, at Columbia University in New York, and a member of CSPR.

Over the years, ICSU has actively involved the social sciences, particularly through its global environmental change programmes. The Earth System Science Partnership (ESSP) successfully integrates natural and social sciences in order to investigate how changes in the Earth System affect global and regional sustainability. And new ICSU programmes, such as "Integrated Research on Disaster Risk" and "Ecosystem Change and Human Well-being," have involved both the natural and social sciences from the earliest planning stages.

"Indeed, it could be argued that ICSU is at a point in its history where it is increasingly dependent on social science to fulfil its mission. Thus, better integration of the social sciences into ICSU is no longer an option, it is a necessity," said Balstad.

The report "Enhancing Involvement of Social Sciences in ICSU" and more on the General Assembly are available at: http://www.icsu.org/3_mediacentre/GA_29.html


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International Council for Science. "Natural And Social Sciences: ICSU Embraces The Need To Work More Closely Together." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 23 October 2008. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/10/081023113055.htm>.
International Council for Science. (2008, October 23). Natural And Social Sciences: ICSU Embraces The Need To Work More Closely Together. ScienceDaily. Retrieved October 31, 2014 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/10/081023113055.htm
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