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22 Apr 2017 · Project · Outreach

Kick-off Meeting

Participants (f.l.t.r.): Chris King (IUGS), Mika Rekola (IUFRO), Lily Rodriguez (IUBS), Raymond Katebaka (AUC), Simon Hodson (CODATA), Nadja Pernat (IMAGINARY), France Caron (IMU), Allan Ashworth (INQUA), Nathalie Fomproix (IUBS), Catherine Jami (IUHPST), Barbara Birli (IUSS), LS Shashidhara (IUBS)

On April 20th and 21st, 2017, the partners of the project "Trans-disciplinary Research Oriented Pedagogy for Improving Climate Studies and Understanding (TROP-ICSU)" met in Paris, France, for the first time to discuss project management.

BioEducation

About: Trans-disciplinary Research Oriented Pedagogy for Improving Climate Studies and Understanding (TROP-ICSU)

Together with the International Union for Quaternary Science (INQUA) IUBS is the leading scientific organisation in this project funded by the International Council for Science (ICSU).

Importance

Understanding the dynamics of Earth’s ecosystem and identifying measures to sustain it for the future requires immediate action with multidisciplinary approaches. Research efforts to identify key factors that affect the biodiversity and ecosystem functions and services need to be scaled up substantially and rapidly, requiring a whole new generation of multidisciplinary scientists/policy makers/administrators, whose education should start now. Educating forthcoming generations about the causes and effects of global climate change is also imperative as implementing solutions depends on an informed public. In this context, we need to develop education and science communication modules in such a way that every future citizen would be better equipped to identify appropriate solutions for sustainable and equitable development.

Objectives

The project aims to identify, through a consultative mechanism, most relevant curricula and efficient pedagogical tools, and outreach and citizen science programs to study the impact of climate change on biodiversity and ecosystem function and services and human health and diseases; and ways to address these problems in the coming years.

What makes the project unique is its focus on those education and citizen-science modules that are locally rooted yet globally relevant for much wider outreach. The project envisages developing online learning materials such as lectures (videos embedded with animations), interactive exhibitions/museums, mobile apps etc.

Partner organisations in the TROP ICSU project

International Union for Quaternary Science (INQUA) - Co-leader in the project

International Union of Soil Sciences (IUSS)

International Mathematical Union (IMU)

International Union of Geological Sciences (IUGS)

International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics (IUGG)

International Union for History and Philosophy of Science and Technology (IUHPST)

International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO) (partner organisation of IUBS)

IMAGINARY

Committee on Data for Science and Technology of ICSU (CODATA)

ICSU Regional Office for Africa (ICSU-ROA) 

Indian National Science Academy (INSA) (ordinary member of IUBS)

Mongolian Academy of Sciences (MAS) (ordinary member of IUBS)

National Research Foundation - South Africa (NRF) (ordinary member of IUBS)

Universidad Tecnica Particular de Loja (UTPL)

Australian Academy of Science (AAS) (ordinary member of IUBS)

National Committee of Egypt (ordinary member of IUBS)

UNESCO