New Chair and Scientific Committee Appointed for 2015–2018
We are very pleased to announce the appointment of the new Scientific Committee (SC) of the World Data System for a three-year period commencing on 1 July 2015. Chosen by the Executive Board of the International Council for Science (ICSU), the SC includes eight new members, taking into account that at least one-third of the Committee are Directors of WDS Member Organizations. To foster geographical balance, the Executive Board also approved that a vacant thirteenth seat be made available, to be filled by someone from the Latin America and Caribbean region at a later date. A full list of Committee members, along with their bios can be found on the Scientific Committee page.
Sandy Harrison—who officially starts her first term after being appointed in May 2014—has agreed to be the new Chair of the Scientific Committee until 2017. Sandy is a Professor of Palaeoclimates and Biogeochemical Cycles, and takes over the role of Chair from Professor Bernard Minster, whose term has been exceptionally extended for one additional face-to-face meeting to enable a formal handover of the leadership. In this regard, ICSU has introduced a stagger between the appointment of the SC Chair and members to ensure continuity.
We sincerely thank all of the outgoing Committee members for their dedication to ICSU-WDS, especially to Michael Diepenbroek, Françoise Genova, Ruth Neilan, and Lesley Rickards, who were on the very first Scientific Committee and have been involved with WDS for the past six years.