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On 13th October at the 2nd International Science Council (ISC) General Assembly, Prof. Huadong Guo, the Honarary President of the International Society for Digital Earth (ISDE), was granted the Science for Sustainability Award for his innovative contributions to developing Big Earth Data science and applying it to facilitate the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) from global to local scales through data-driven methods and big data cloud platforms. The nomination was made by ISDE, an ISC affiliated member, for his contributions to promoting the Digital Earth science and technology and Big Earth Data for implementing the SDGs.
The ISC Awards Programme was established in 2020 by the ISC Governing Board to recognize individuals, groups, and initiatives launched by the ISC and its members that serve to advance science as a global public good by, for example, promoting international, interdisciplinary scientific research cooperation, striving to bring scientific knowledge into the public domain, innovating in science education and outreach, or promoting the free and responsible practice of science. It is the first time for the announcement of the Awards.
The ISC Awards are conferred every three years during the ISC General Assembly in different categories, including the "Science for Sustainability Award" for outstanding scientific contribution to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals using an interdisciplinary approach; "Science-for-Policy Award" for outstanding contribution to, stimulation of, support for, or communication of the findings of international scientific research and scholarship relevant to international policy challenges; "Policy-for-Science Award" for outstanding contribution to developments in the science system that enable science to contribute more effectively to major debates in the international domain; "Scientific Freedom and Responsibility Award" for outstanding contribution to defending and promoting the free and responsible practice of science; and "Early Career Scientist Award" for exceptional contribution to science and international scientific collaboration by early career researchers. For the Science for Sustainability Award, Science-for-Policy Award, Policy-for-Science Award, and Scientific Freedom and Responsibility Award, each of the awards has one winner, and the Early Career Scientist Award has six winners.
Prof. Huadong Guo is the academician of Chinese Academy of Sciences. He is one of the foremost scientists in Digital Earth, and one of the founders of the International Society for Digital Earth. Through his efforts, the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) launched the Big Earth Data Science Engineering Program (CASEarth). As Chief Scientist of CASEarth, he advocates for sharing the program' s data and has initiated studies focusing on SDG indicators at global to local scales demonstrating the potential of Big Earth Data. Following the successful research of Prof. Guo and his team, Chinese President Xi Jinping announced at the 75th UN General Assembly in 2020 that China will set up an International Research Center of Big Data for Sustainable Development Goals. He is now in charge of preparing and operating this international center. In recognition of Prof. Guo’s international efforts and contributions to SDGs, he was appointed as a member of the UN 10-Member Group to support TFM for SDGs appointed by the UN Secretary General and has actively contributed to and participated in international efforts towards sustainability.