UNESCO and IUGS are looking for new members to join the Council of the International Geoscience Programme

The International Geoscience Programme (IGCP) is a 45-year long joint-venture between UNESCO and the International Union of Geological Sciences (IUGS). The IGCP has long been recognized globally amongst geoscientists as one of the most successful models for promoting international scientific cooperation in geosciences for individuals sharing a global vision for research. The programme continues to provide opportunities for strong collaboration, capacity building for developing countries and recognition by international peers.

If you are aware of excellent scientists, who have an exemplary track record in a particular field of research and a passion for international collaboration, please suggest to them that they apply to join the IGCP Council. There is no limit to the number of nominations an organization can submit. We especially encourage nominations from female researchers or researchers based in African, Asian or Latin-American countries.

The purpose of this call is to invite nominations for six new candidates to become member of the IGCP Council. All nominated candidates must complete the application form digitally, include a digital copy of their CV (specify publication record, international collaboration and other related activities), a list of their 10 most important publications during the last 10 years and a motivation letter. All documents should be provided in English. This information should be sent directly to the IGCP Secretariat in UNESCO (send to m.patzak(at)unesco.org with ka.heirman(at)unesco.org in copy) before the 15th of June 2016.

A number of these experts, appointed mutually by the Director-General of UNESCO and the President of the IUGS, will be invited by UNESCO and IUGS to join the new IGCP Council as specialists to take up their reviewer tasks according to the IGCP Council’s Terms of Reference. The IGCP Council members’ tasks will be to assess the annual progress of existing IGCP projects as provided in their annual reports and also review several new project proposals for future funding (usually approximately 6-10 per year). For the current call, five members of the IGCP Council will each cover one of the following themes of Earth Resources, Global Change, Geohazards, Hydrogeology and Geodynamic. A sixth member will act as Chairperson of the Council. Within the IGCP Council, each theme is backed-up by a group of 8 to 10 experts, who assists their respective theme leader.