One of UNSW's most senior and distinguished academics, Professor David Black, has been honoured with election to the post of Secretary General of the International Council for Science (ICSU).
ICSU is a non-government organisation with a global membership of national scientific bodies and International Scientific Unions, which aims to strengthen science globally for the benefit of all humankind. It plans and coordinates interdisciplinary research to address major issues of relevance to both science and society.
Professor Black was elected Secretary General of ICSU at the Council's 30th General Assembly in Rome. The position is for three years, effective immediately. Fittingly, 2011 is the International Year of Chemistry.
The President of the Australian Academy of Science, Professor Suzanne Cory, welcomed the appointment.
"Professor Black brings to the position a wealth of experience and an extensive international network," Professor Cory said.
"I am confident that as Secretary General of ICSU he will continue to be a wonderful advocate for Australian science and global science."
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