Prof Anna Davies, Chair of Trinity’s Geography, Environment and Society, has been elected a member of the International Science Council.
Davies was one of 10 people elected from 54 nominees to the council, a non-governmental scientific organisation. Elected as an ordinary member, Davies will be part of the council’s first Governing Board for a three-year term of office, until 2021.
The council represents both natural and social sciences. It was formed in Paris on July 4th this year from the merger of the International Council for Science (ICSU) and the International Social Science Council (ISSC). It is the largest global organisation of its kind and incorporates over 180 organisations, including national scientific bodies and international scientific unions.
In a press statement, Davies said: “It is a great honour to be elected to the Governing Board of the International Science Council with its vision of science, including social science, as a global public good.”
“I am looking forward to working with the ISC to help catalyse, incubate and coordinate international action on issues of major public concern in line with its values of excellence and professionalism, inclusivity and diversity, transparency and integrity, innovation and sustainability”, she said.
The council aims to advance science as to the benefit of the public worldwide, ensuring the benefits of scientific knowledge, data and expertise are shared and universally accessible. Its ventures span a broad range of issues, including global sustainability, poverty, urban health and wellbeing, disaster risk reduction and advice to governments.
Davies directs the Environmental Governance Research Group and is on the steering committee of the Trinity Centre for Future Cities. She also advises the Irish government as a member of the National Climate Change Council.