International Programme Office
The International Programme Office (IPO) of the ICSU World Data System (ICSU-WDS) acts under the leadership of the WDS Executive Director with guidance from the Scientific Committee. It is supported by a Programme Officer, an Administrative Officer, and a Senior Advisor.
The IPO has the task of coordinating the operations of ICSU-WDS, and is responsible for implementing the decisions of the Scientific Committee, as well as performing day-to-day tasks. It is also responsible for organizing the twice-yearly face-to-face meetings of the Scientific Committee, the biennial WDS Conference (SciDataCon), WDS Members' Forum and outreach and promotional activities. The IPO is hosted and financially supported by the Japanese National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT) following an agreement with the International Council for Science ICSU) until 31 March 2021.
Since March 2012, Mustapha Mokrane is the first Executive Director of the ICSU-WDS International Programme Office. Previously, he worked between 2009 and 2012 at the International Council for Science (ICSU) as Science and Information Technology Officer in charge of the coordination of ICSU's Scientific Data and Information activities and the liaison with its partners. He was also responsible for the information technology related activities within ICSU before 2003 and 2009. After moving from Algeria, his home country, he trained as molecular biologist in Marseille, France. Using transgenesis and microarrays technologies, he developed a drosophila model to elucidate the role of a gene involved in human cardiomyopathies. His scientific background covers genetics and bioinformatics and he developed a strong interest for scientific data and information challenges. He holds a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology from the Aix-Marseille University.
Takashi Watanabe is emeritus professor of the Ibaraki University and a guest professor of Solar-Terrestrial Environment Laboratory, Nagoya University, is the chairman of the WDS Committee of the Science Council of Japan and a member of the Committee of International Collaboration in Earth and Planetary Sciences. He is the director of the WDC for Cosmic Rays. He has performed data-oriented researches in the area of solar-terrestrial physics, particularly on the relationship between solar phenomena and their interplanetary consequences. He determined structures of solar-wind streams and interplanetary disturbances in the high-latitude regions of interplanetary space, basing on interplanetary scintillation technique, well before the era of deep-space missions. He organized many data-analysis workshops of selected solar-terrestrial events, based on databases from the former WDC system.
Rorie Edmunds joined the World Data System International Programme Office in August 2012. He previously worked as a Technical Editor in Tokyo, aiding Japanese scientists and academics from many scientific disciplines to publish their work in English. Before this, he held various research positions in universities in both his home country of the UK (including Imperial College London) and in Japan (principally, the Toyota Technological Institute). Having been involved in a number of academic projects, his scientific background has covered fields including nonlinear mathematics, structural mechanics, geology, design engineering, and optimization. In particular, he modelled several types of structural failure in multilayer materials by incorporating nonlinear friction at the layer interfaces. His first degree is in mathematics and he holds a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, both of which were gained from the University of Bath (UK).
Yuko Nikaido officially joined the WDS-IPO in September 2012, but has been assisting Mustapha Mokrane within the NICT since he was appointed IPO Executive Director in March 2012. Born into a family of journalists, her love of world literature resulted in obtaining a Literature B.A. from Waseda University (Tokyo). She subsequently moved to Paris with the aim of becoming an interior decorator, and when this ambition failed to be realized, began travelling extensively around the world. Prior to joining NICT, she gained nearly 10 years of administrative experience working for IT-related companies. Yuko states that she is, 'glad to have this valuable opportunity to work for a meaningful global organization.'
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