Committee on Scientific Planning and Review (CSPR)

The Committee on Scientific Planning and Review (CSPR) was established in 1998, to coordinate the development of proposals for major new scientific initiatives by ICSU and to advise the Executive Board (EB) on priorities for such initiatives.

The Committee also reviews the activities carried out by ICSU’s Interdisciplinary Bodies, advises the EB on the future course of these activities, and oversees the ICSU Grants Programme. The CSPR is chaired by ICSU’s Vice-President for Scientific Planning and Review.

For the Terms of reference of the committee see Rule of Procedure 11.1a in ICSU Statutes and Rules of Procedure.

CSPR Meetings
33rd CSPR Meeting, April 2017:
32nd CSPR Meeting, October 2016 :
31st CSPR Meeting, March 2016:
8th CSPR Meeting, June 2004:
7th CSPR Meeting, December 2003:
6th CSPR Meeting, June 2003:

Committee Members

LI Jinghai (Chair)

Vice-President for Scientific Planning and Review

Jinghai Li, Vice President of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) and the China Association for Science and Technology (CAST), is an internationally recognised chemical engineer. He is dedicated to research in the simulation and optimisation of chemical processes. Prof. Li obtained his PhD from the CAS Institute of Process Engineering in 1987. Thereafter, he did post-doc research at the City University of New York and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich. He has been working with the Academy since 1990.

Li was a pioneer in the study of comprehensive Energy-Minimization Multi-Scale (EMMS) principle for gas-solid systems. He extended this principle to many different systems, which led to the creation of a new interdisciplinary field — Mesoscience.

He received many international awards such as TWAS Medal Lectures, AIChE Lectureship Award. He has been granted honorary degrees by universities such as ETH Zurich, Birmingham, and Warwick. He is Oxford Visiting Professor. Prof. Li was Members of several National Academies such as CAS, RAEng, ATSE, SATW, and also a member of TWAS.

He sits on the editorial committees or international advisory boards of several journals, such as Advances in Chemical Engineering, Chemical Engineering Science, Reviews in Chemical Engineering, and Granular Metter. He is editor-in-chief of Particuology.

Li serves on the advisory board of the Chinese National Committee for Future Earth. He represents CAS in IAP, IAC and AASA. He participated in the G8+5 Academies President Meetings from 2006 to 2008 and contributed to several joint statements. He is on the study panel of the IAC Report Lighting the Way: Towards a Sustainable Energy Future. While President of AASA from 2007 to 2010, he organized a study on Sustainable Asia: Energy, Resources, Environment and Culture, published by Springer. He co-chaired the UK-China joint report Future of Energy Storage: Technology and Policy.



Dr. Barakat is currently working as Professor Emeritus of Organic Chemistry at the Department of Environmental Sciences, Faculty of Science, Alexandria University. Prof. Barakat’s scientific expertise covers a wide range of fields from petroleum and organic geochemistry and oil spill research to environmental chemistry of persistent organic pollutants. Prof. Barakat has more than 70 publications in peer reviewed scientific journals and presented his work in numerous international conferences and symposia. Prof. Barakat was awarded many national and international awards. He also received the Fulbright Research Fellowship and the Alexander von Humboldt Scholarship. He worked as a visiting scientist at the University of Southern California, Texas A&M University, University of Oldenburg, and the Research Center at Julich, Germany. Dr Barakat also served for four years as Consul of Cultural and Educational Affairs of Egypt in Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Egyptian Embassy, Riyadh.

He was selected in 2001 as regional expert for the Mediterranean region in the GEF-UNEP project “Regionally Based Assessment of Persistent Toxic Substances”. This project aimed to provide scientists, governments and policy makers with a global assessment on the persistent chemicals in the environment and needed actions for a better implementation of the Stockholm Convention. He was also the Principal Investigator of the project entitled, “Assessment of Sources, Levels, Trends and Effects of Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) in the Mediterranean Coastal Environment of Egypt”, funded by the U.S.-Egypt Joint Board on Scientific and Technical Cooperation, which was implemented in collaboration with the Geochemical and Environmental Research Group (GERG), Texas A & M University, USA.



Tom Beer, D.Sc., Ph.D. is a Chief Research Scientist in CSIRO, the Australian Government Scientific Research Agency and the Leader of the Climate Variability and Change Research Program for  the  Centre for Australian Weather and Climate Research (CAWCR), a partnership between the CSIRO and the Australian Bureau of Meteorology. He is Immediate Past President of the International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics (IUGG), an ICSU constituent, and was the Founding Chair of the IUGG Commission on Geophysical Risk and Sustainability. He is an international expert on environmental risk, including greenhouse gas and air quality issues and particularly their application to transport and fuels.  He was part of the team that won the CSIRO Chairman’s medal in 2000 with his component being the life-cycle analysis of greenhouse gas emissions from hybrid electric vehicles.

Dr Beer is a Fellow of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. He chaired the meeting at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences that, in June 2002, adopted the Budapest Manifesto on Risk Science and Sustainability.  During 1995 he was Science Advisor to the Environment Protection Agency in Canberra and undertook a risk review of national environmental priorities. Subsequently, Dr Beer undertook two of the preparatory studies for the National Environment Protection Measure for Ambient Air Quality.  He was a lead author for the Atmosphere Theme Report of the Australian 2001 and 2006 State of the Environment reports. He was a member of the IPCC Expert Group on Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Waste, and also a lead author for the chapter on waste in the IPCC Special Report on Technology Transfer. The IPCC was awarded the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize.



Professor Enrico Brugnoli is director of the Department of Earth System Science and Environmental Technologies of the Italian National Research Council, since 2012, after being acting director for one year (2011-2012). After studies at the University of Perugia in Agricultural Science, he had a postdoctoral position in plant physiological ecology at the Research School of Biological Science, The Australian National University in Canberra (Australia). In 1990 and 1991 he spent two years at the Carnegie Institution of Washington, at Stanford University (California) conducting research activities on the interactions between plants and the environment, stress physiology and photosynthesis. In 1994 he was nominated director of the Institute for Agroforestry of CNR (until 2002). From 1994 to 1998 he was Professor in Plant Physiological Ecology, at the University of Verona, Faculty of Science.

He has conducted and led numerous national and international projects (European and international) also as coordinator. From 2008 to 2012 he was nominated Director of the Institute of Agro-Environmental and Forest Biology of CNR. His research interests and activities are focused on the interactions between biosphere and atmosphere, global and climate change, and the application of stable isotopes of various elements to study the effect of climate change on biogeochemical cycles. He participates to several expert boards national and international scientific committees. He is member of several scientific societies and member of academies of Science. He has published more than 130 papers and book chapters.



Professor Nina Buchmann studied Geoecology at the University of Bayreuth, Germany (1984-89) and received her PhD degree in Plant Ecology in 1993. After a Humboldt fellowship at the University of Utah (1993-96), she finished her Habilitation in botany at the University of Bayreuth in 1999. After four years as group leader at the Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry in Jena, Nina Buchmann became Full Professor of Grassland Sciences at the Department of Environmental Systems Science at ETH Zurich, Switzerland (since 2013).

Her main research topics include plant and ecosystem physiology, biogeochemistry of terrestrial ecosystems, particularly the response of soil and ecosystem carbon, nitrogen and water dynamics to climatic conditions and management regimes, and interactions among biodiversity, ecosystem functions/services, and sustainable resource use. She has contributed to many international projects, and leads the Swiss contribution ICOS Switzerland to ICOS (Integrated Carbon Observation System) Research Infrastructure. She chaired the ESF programme SIBAE (Stable Isotope in Biosphere-Atmosphere Exchange) and the COST Action ES0806 (Stable Isotopes in Biosphere-Atmosphere-Earth System Research).

She has published more than 190 original journal papers and 26 books and book chapters. She is a founding member of the “Junge Akademie” (Young Academy of Sciences, Germany; 2000-2005) und member of several Scientific Steering Committees and Advisory Boards. She was member of the German Advisory Council for the Government on Global Change (2004-2008) and elected into the National Academy of Sciences in Germany in 2007.

Since 2008, Nina Buchmann has been a member of the Agricultural Research Council of Switzerland as well as of the National Research Council of the Swiss National Science Foundation. Since 2011, she chairs the World Food System Center at ETH Zurich and since 2015, she has been a member of the Senate Competition Committee of the German Leibniz Association, Germany.

Valéria CSEPE


Professor Valéria Csépe got her degree in psychology in 1976 at the Eötvös Loránd University (ELTE), Budapest then started her research work on basic auditory perception, auditory event analysis, pre-cognitive and cognitive processes in the same year. She worked as Humboldt scholar at the University of investigated of Münster between 1990 and 1992 using a new method called magneto-encephalography. She established a new laboratory after her return to Budapest and founded her own research group on  Developmental Psychophysiology in 2000 at the Institute of Psychology of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. She is head of the research group on Neurocognitive Development of the Brain Imaging Centre of the Research Centre of Natural Sciences of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences since May 2014.

She became professor of cognitive psychology in 2005, the year when she founded the Department of Cognitive Psychology at ELTE. She is founder member of the Doctoral School of Psychology at ELTE and member of the Psycholinguistics and Neuroscience Doctoral Program in Zagreb. She mentored twenty PhD students who defended their thesis successfully during the last decade. Recently she is professor of cognitive psychology at the Budapest University of Technology and Economics and the University of Pannonia.

She has more than 200 publications including journal articles, monographs, edited books, book chapters and conference papers in English and Hungarian. She is a member of many national and international scientific organizations, scientific journals’ editorial boards. She has been decorated with different orders and awards including the Knight’s Cross Order of Hungary for her outstanding scientific achievement. She is member of the Hungarian  Academy of Sciences and the Academia Europaea. She served as elected deputy secretary general as first female chief executive officer, of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences for two terms (2008-2011 and 2011-2014).



Professor Mark W.J. Ferguson became Director General of Science Foundation Ireland in January 2012 and Chief Scientific Advisor to the Government of Ireland in October 2012. Previously he was Professor in Life Sciences at the University of Manchester (since 1984) and co-founder, CEO and Chairman of Renovo Group plc (1998-2011). He is the recipient of numerous international research awards including the 2002 European Science Prize (jointly), and is the author of 327 research papers and book chapters, 60 patent families and author / editor of 8 books.

Mark graduated from the Queens University of Belfast with degrees in Dentistry (BDS 1st class honours), Anatomy and Embryology (BSc 1st class honours, PhD) and Medical  Sciences (DMedSc), holds Fellowships from the Royal Colleges of Surgeons in Ireland  (FFD), and Edinburgh (FDS) and is a Founding Fellow of the UK Academy of Medical  Sciences (FMedSci). He is a member or Fellow of a number of learned Societies, and was  made a “Commander of the British Empire” (CBE) by the Queen in 1999 for services to  Health and Life Sciences.



Dr. Chad Gaffield has been President of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada since 2006. For over 20 years, he has had a distinguished academic  career at the University of Ottawa, where he taught in the Department of History, held a University Research Chair for history and public policy debate, and was founding director of the Institute of Canadian Studies from 1997 to 2003. The University of Ottawa named him Researcher of the Year in 1995 and Professor of the Year in 2002, marking only the second time that a professor has been chosen for both awards. He is former president of both the Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences and the Canadian Historical Association.

Dr. Gaffield is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, where he chairs a working group to establish a plan for a College of New Scholars in the Arts and Sciences. He also played a pivotal role as Principal Investigator for the Canadian Century Research Infrastructure project. Throughout his career, Dr. Gaffield has received several honours, such as the Prix de la francophonie, the J.B. Tyrrell Historical Medal and the Antonio Zampolli Prize from the Alliance of Digital Humanities Organisations. In 2007, the Canadian Association of University Teachers presented him with its Distinguished Academic Award in recognition of excellence in teaching, research and service to the community. Dr. Gaffield was also presented with the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal (2003) and the Queen  Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal (2012), which honour significant contributions and  achievements by Canadians.

He holds a PhD from the University of Toronto (Ontario Institute for Studies in Education) and a Master of Arts and a Bachelor of Arts in History (Honours), both from McGill University.



Prof. María G. Guzmán, MD, PhD, DrSc, virologist, from the Tropical Medicine Institute Pedro Kourí (IPK), Havana Cuba, has more than 30 years of experience working in virology and specifically in dengue viruses. Her work has contributed to the knowledge of the pathogenesis, the clinic, the diagnosis and the epidemiology of dengue been author of  many papers including two new hypotheses. She has contributed to the improvement of the virological diagnosis of this disease in Cuba and abroad. She has been involved in the analysis of several dengue epidemics in Cuba and in the American region. Considered an expert by PAHO, WHO, TDR (Tropical Research and Training Program), PDVI (Pediatric Dengue Vaccine Initiative) and EC. She has also promoted the development of a Cuban group of scientists working in Virology and a solid group for researching in dengue. She has contributed to the training of scientists of the American region. Has coordinated thirteen international dengue courses, has attended to many experts committees coordinated by PAHO, WHO, TDR, PDVI, DVI and EC. Past-Member of the Foundation Council of Global Forum for Health Research, Past Counselor at PDVI board and past co-chair of the Dengue Reference Group (TDR/WHO). Currently Coordinator of RELDA (network of dengue laboratories in the American region), member of the Dengue Prevention Board in the American region (DVI), member of GT-dengue (Working Group on Dengue) at PAHO, member of the STAG at NTD/WHO. Formerly, member of the Scientific Technical Advisory Committee (STAC) at TDR/WHO, and the WHO Dengue vaccine expert committee. Director of the PAHO/WHO Collaborating Center for Viral Diseases since 1994 to 2006, Academic of Merit of the Cuban Academic of Science, Member of Honor of the Cuban Society of Immunology and Researcher of Merit. Member of the Third World Academy of Science (TWAS) and TWOS. Reviewer and invited editor of several Journals. Author of more than 300 papers and short communications including several books. Author and co-author of 30 Scientific National Awards. Invited speaker at many international congresses. Author of four patents. Director of the PAHO/WHO Collaborating Center for the Study of Dengue and its Vector since 2005. Head of the virology department at IPK. Director of the Master degree course in Virology at IPK. Head of the Cuban project for vaccine development. President of the Cuban Society of Microbiology and Parasitology. In 2005, Science, published her  scientific biography as part of the activities for the 125th anniversary of this Journal. In 2012, she received the Award of the Scientific Merit at the XXXVII edition of the Annual Health Prize of the Cuban Ministry of Health.



Fumiko Kasuga is currently Future Earth Global Hub Director, Japan. She received a Ph.D. degree in agricultural science from The University of Tokyo in 1988. She is specialized in the field of food safety, particularly in microbiological risk assessment of foodborne diseases and epidemiology. In 1989, she started her career as a researcher expertized in food safety at National Institute of Infectious Diseases, and currently is the director at National Institute of Health Sciences. She joined Science Council of Japan (SCJ) in 2005 as a Council Member. Since then, she has been engaged in SCJ activities on Food Safety, Infectious Diseases, and Public Health; and also in international aspects, she has participated in those for International Union of Microbiological Society (IUMS), Science Council of Asia (SCA), and G8 Academies’ Meetings. She has also been taken part in discussions around SCJ policy recommendations and reports, including “Japan Perspective-Proposals: Safety and Risks”. In October 2011, she was appointed Vice-President for international activities at SCJ.

Her work is not limited to scientific research, but also international engagement through organizations such as FAO, WHO, ICMSF (The International Commission on Microbiological Specification for Food) and JICA (Japan International Cooperation Agency) , through which she has been contributing to practical applications of science for society, regulatory science, and policies for science and technology.

Stewart LOCKIE


Stewart Lockie is Professor of Sociology and Director of The Cairns Institute at James Cook University, Australia. Prof Lockie is also a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia, Foundation Editor of the journal Environmental Sociology, and immediate Past-President of the International Sociological Association’s Research Committee on Environment and Society. He is an environmental sociologist whose research addresses environmental governance and risk in a variety of contexts including climate change, biodiversity conservation, agriculture and food security, the greening of consumption practices, and the social impacts of resource development. Prof Lockie is committed to working across disciplinary boundaries and across the science/policy/layperson divide. He is equally committed to lifting research capacity and impact among the social sciences and humanities in the South Pacific and across the broader tropical region.

Muhammad SAIDAM


Dr. Muhammad Saidam is the Chief Science Officer (CSO) of Applied Science in the Royal Scientific Society (RSS) in Jordan. He obtained his PhD in Environment and Water Resources Engineering from the Imperial College of Science Technology & Medicine  (University of London) in 1995 and has been a Senior Researcher since 2006. His professional background has been centered on research and consultations in the environment, water and wastewater fields. He has led and been involved in research partnerships locally in Jordan, regionally in the Middle East & North Africa and internationally in European and American research programs since 1996. As a Programme Manager in the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), he supervised the management of projects in Climate Change & Environment, Poverty and Millennium Development Goals, Democratic  Governance and Disaster Risk Management in Jordan. Dr. Saidam’s current main responsibilities, as a CSO in RSS, include strategic business planning and supervising  implementation of research and consultation projects in the four Applied Science Centers  of RSS; Energy, Water & Environment, Sustainable Buildings and information Technology. With more than 25 specialized locally and internationally accredited laboratories and 500 scientists, researchers and technical support staff, RSS is the largest applied research institution, consultancy, and technical support service provider in Jordan.



Dr. Dinakar M. Salunke obtained a PhD in Molecular Biophysics (1983) from the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India and did his post-doctoral training (1984-88) at  Brandeis University, Waltham, USA.

He joined the National Institute of Immunology (NII) in 1988 where he worked for about 25 years and established a vibrant group that works at the interface of multiple disciplines. Currently on lien from NII, Dr Salunke is the Founder Executive Director of the Regional Centre for Biotechnology, established jointly by Govt of India and UNESCO. He is also Executive Director of the Translational Health Science and Technology Institute.

His primary research interests are structural Biology of Immune Recognition, Molecular Mimicry and Allergy where he has published more than 100 papers. He has made notable contributions in understanding the dichotomy of antibody specificity and molecular mimicry in the humoral immune response. His work provides fundamental insights into understanding body’s defense against infections and indicates possible ways of design and development of new generation vaccines.

He has been actively involved in leadership positions at the national as well as international level in the field of Biotechnology. His role in the establishment of the Biotech Science Cluster in Faridabad has been critical. Salunke has been an Independent Director on the Board of Biotechnology Industry Research Assistance Council (BIRAC), a not-for-profit company of Department of Biotechnology, Govt of India.

He is currently the Vice-President for International Affairs of the Indian National Science Academy and Fellow of all the Science Academies of India and The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS). Dr. Salunke has won the Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize, Ranbaxy Award for Basic Research in Medical Sciences, National Bioscience Award, and the GN Ramachandran Gold Medal for Excellence in Biological Sciences and JC Bose National Fellowship, among others.

Oyewale TOMORI


Professor O. Tomori is currently, President, Nigerian Academy of Science. He was pioneer Vice-Chancellor at the Redeemer’s University, Nigeria. He is a recipient of the NNOM, Nigeria’s highest award for academic and intellectual attainment. At the University of Ibadan, as Professor of Virology, he led research into the study of viral infections, and elucidated the properties of Orungo virus, registered with the ICVT. In 1981, he received the USPHS Certificate for contribution to Lassa Fever Research. At the WHO Africa Region, as Regional Virologist from 1994-2004, he set up the African Regional Polio Laboratory Network, which provided laboratory diagnostic support for polio eradication, and became the forerunner of regional diagnostic laboratory networks for other diseases. He has been involved in the investigations of outbreaks of VHFs (YF, EVD, etc) infections in many African countries. Tomori serves on several national and international advisory bodies including, Nigeria Expert Review Committee (ERC) on Poliomyelitis Eradication and Routine Immunization; and as member of the US-IOM Committee on Sustainable global surveillance of zoonotic diseases; US-IOM Committee on identifying and prioritizing new preventive vaccines for development; WHO Strategic Advisory Group of Experts (SAGE); Co-Chairman, ASADI/USNAS/NASAC Study Team on Country Ownership of Africa’s Development, SAGE Working Group on Ebola.



Martin Visbeck received his PhD from Kiel University in Physical Oceanography on research about deep ocean convection in 1993. During a postdoctoral fellowship at MIT his research focused on the interaction between ocean eddies and deep convection regions and their respective heat and density transports. When he was a Research Scientist at LDEO and Associate Professor at Columbia University, New York, his interest shifted to more general aspects of the ocean’s role in the climate system including work on the North Atlantic Oscillation and Deep Water formation off Antarctica. Since October 2004 he has held the chair in Physical Oceanography at the Leibniz Institute of Marine Sciences at the University in Kiel. He currently works at the GEOMAR Helmholtz Center for Ocean Research Kiel and at Kiel University. His current research is concerned with ocean and climate variability and change with particular emphasis on the circulation of the Subpolar North Atlantic, climate-biogeochemical interactions in the tropical ocean, observations of ocean circulation and mixing using modern robotic platforms including profiling floats and gliders, and development of ocean observatories for long-term observations in the water column.

Prof. Visbeck has served on several national and international committees. He is Speaker of the Kiel Cluster of Excellence “The Future Ocean”.


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