Professor Deliang Chen has been appointed to be Executive Director of the International Council for Science (ICSU) with effect from 1 February 2009.
Deliang Chen, Professor of Physical Meteorology and August Röhss Professor of Physcial Geography at the Department of Earth Sciences, GU, and a memeber of the Tellus Steering Committee, is an internationally renowned climate researcher. His research interests include regional climate change and variability in Sweden and China, climate dynamics, air pollution and geostatistics. One of his current projects is investigating the role of human activities in past and future extreme climates in relation to atmospheric circulation over Europe. He replaces Professor Thomas Rosswall who is retiring after seven years as Executive Director of ICSU.
The International Council for Science (ICSU) is a world leading non-governmental organisation dedicated to the promotion of international science for the benefit of society. To accomplish its mission, ICSU mobilizes the knowledge and resources of the international scientific community represented by 29 scientific unions and 112 national scientific members. ICSU also has several interdisciplinary bodies, which carry out global scientific programmes.
Major current programmes include the international geosphere-biosphere programme: A Study of Global Change (IGBP), the World Climate Programme (WCRP), DIVERSITAS: An Integrated Programme of Biodiversity Science and the International Human Dimensions Programme on Global Environmental Change (IHDP). ICSU also plays an important role in representing the world scientific community and in providing authoritative advices for political decisions.