All of these international science summits are taking place in New Zealand for the first time.
Running concurrently with the scientific meetings is a series of public events around science topics, with some of the world’s foremost experts sharing their insights. (See panel above and right for details.)
The international science meetings include:
- The 31st triennial General Assembly of the International Council for Science (ICSU). Established in 1931 and based in Paris, ICSU represents more than 121 national science academies and 31 scientific unions. 25th August – 3rd September
- The 6th biennial Open Science Conference of the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR). With more than 1500 attendees, it is by far the largest international gathering of Antarctic scientists.
- The annual general meeting of the Council of Managers of National Antarctic Programs (COMNAP). Symposium Auckland 25 August, AGM Christchurch 27 – 29 August
- The 4th biennial United States – New Zealand Joint Committee Meeting on Science and Technology Cooperation (JCM), a joint dialogue on areas such as natural hazards and resilience, climate change, and oceans. 25th -26th August
- The Science and Diplomacy Symposium, focusing on how scientists can input into foreign affairs. 27th August
- Inaugural Science Advice to Governments conference involving the world’s most eminent Science Advisors. The conference will focus on the practice of providing policy-relevant science advice to governments. 28th – 29th August
- The 2nd APEC Chief Science Advisors and equivalents meeting, a forum for informal discussion on the science and policy interface amongst science advisors to the highest level of government within APEC economies. 30th August