25 No. 4
July - August 2003
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to Pursue Science for Health and Well-Being
2003, Dr. Kallner, president of the IUPAC Division on Chemistry
and Human Health, participated in a "brainstorming"
meeting in Paris at which 131
bodies of the International Council for Science (ICSU) developed
a plan to "empower the science community, policy makers,
and the public in all countries with the knowledge base to
effect their health and well-being." Recognizing that
the health sciences require the partnership of a broad range
of sciences and technologies to advance human health and well-being,
the initiative is a collaborative effort among ICSU Unions
and other ICSU bodies.
the leadership of Prof. Marvelee Wake of the International
Union of Biological Sciences, the participants developed a
draft document along three core domains: living environments,
connections between water and health, and the impacts of technology.
They also identified topics of focus, potential Unions to
be involved, desired outcomes, and target audiences.
the "Science for Health and Well-Being" initiative
aims to accomplish the following:
the extent to which science and technology are important
to health and well-being
education (at multiple levels) about science and technology
using modern means of communication
to produce new ideas and to develop science and technology
an inventory of ongoing activities to identify unmet needs
next steps include seeking additional alliances within and
beyond ICSU, promoting conjoint events at Union conferences,
and compiling information," says Chair Marvalee Wake.
"We also recommend that ICSU make this subject a primary
focus for funding in 2005."
International Union of Biological Science, International Brain
Research Organization, International Geographical Union, International
Union of Geodesy and Geophysics, International Union of Nutritional
Sciences, International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry,
International Union of Physical and Engineering Sciences in
Medicine, International Union of Physiological Sciences, International
Union of Psychological Science, International Society for
Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, Scientific Committee on
Problems of the Environment, and DIVERSITAS
more information, contact Anders
Kallner <[email protected]>.
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