South Africa's Professor Daya Reddy has been elected as the first President of the newly-formed International Science Council (ISC). The elections took place during the inaugural General Assembly in Paris, France (03-05 July 2018). The ISC was formed following the merger of the International Social Science Council (ISSC) and the International Council for Science (ICSU). Prof Reddy has held the position of President-elect of ICSU since 2014.
The NRF is also pleased to confirm that Dr Saths Cooper was elected to the cohort of Ordinary Members.
Other Members of the Executive elected are:
- President-elect: Sir Peter Gluckman, former Chief Science Advisor of New Zealand
- Vice-President: Prof Jinghai Li, China
- Vice-President: Prof Eliesa Reis, Brazil
- Treasurer : Dr Reneé van Kessel, The Netherlands
- Secretary: Prof Alik Ismail-Zadeh, Russia
Members of the world’s leading international science bodies agreed in a historic vote in October 2017 to merge and create a unified organisation, whose vision will be to advance all sciences as a global public good. The agreement took place at a landmark joint meeting in Taipei of ICSU and the ISSC. The new ISC brings together the current members of ISSC and ICSU, including 40 international scientific unions and associations, and more than 140 national and regional organisations such as academies and research councils. It creates a unified, global voice of science, with a powerful presence in all regions of the world and representation across the natural (including physical, mathematical and life) and social (including behavioural and economic) sciences.
South Africa’s engagement with the ISC is managed by the NRF and the HSRC, who will henceforth be ISC adhering bodies for South Africa. There are approximately 30 South African National Committees/Unions affiliated to the ISC. The NRF is a member of the new Global Funders Group led by the ISC, focusing on the SDGs. https://council.science/.
Prof Daya Reddy, an eminent and respected scholar and scientist, is the former President of the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf), Co-Chair of the InterAcademy Council, Fellow of The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS), and holds the South African Research Chair in Computational Mechanics at the University of Cape Town. He obtained his BSc in Engineering from the University of Cape Town, and PhD from the University of Cambridge. He is a recipient of the Order of Mapungubwe (Bronze), awarded by the President of South Africa for distinguished contributions to science.
Dr Saths Cooper was formerly Vice-President (Information & Communications) of the International Social Science Council and President of the Pan-African Psychology Union, a Fellow of the Psychological Society of South Africa (PsySSA) and the National Academy of Psychology - India, and Honorary Fellow of the British and Irish Psychological Societies. He served as PsySSA President, and chaired the regulatory Professional Board for Psychology at the Health Professions Council of SA (as Vice-President, and formerly chaired the SA ICSU Board at the National Research Foundation. Dr Cooper is an Extraordinary Professor at the University of Pretoria and Honorary Professor at the University of Limpopo, and was the outgoing Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of Durban-Westville.