SCOPE is governed by a General Assembly that normally meets every three years. The Executive Committee is elected at each General Assembly by the Members and conducts the affairs of SCOPE between such meetings. It is responsible for the guidance and supervision of the scientific programme of SCOPE, as well as its activities in partnership with other organisations, and decisions on financial matters.





    Jon Samseth (Norway-IUPAP) is professor in energy physics at the Department of Technology, Art and Design at Oslo and Akershus University College (HiOA) and adjunct professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. He is also science advisor in the Department of Process Technology at SINTEF materials and chemistry, also based in Norway. Prof. Samseth has been working within the fields of nanotechnology and soft condensed matter as well as with energy issues. He received his Ph.D. from the Department of Physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Prof. Samseth is a graduate in petroleum economics from École nationale supérieure du pétrole et des moteurs (ENSPM) in France and a graduate in physics from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). He is the chair of the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics (IUPAP) working group on energy, and chairs the energy and industry group of the Norwegian Physical Society where he is also a member of the board. Prof. Samseth is Member of the Norwegian Academy of Technological Sciences.





    Chang-Hung Chou (Academia Sinica, China, Taipei) is Dean of the College of Life  Sciences and chair Professor and Director of the Research Center for Biodiversity, China Medical University, China, Taiwan. He obtained his Ph.D. at UC Santa Barbara in 1971 and was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Toronto in 1972.  Prof.  Chou’s research concerns allelopathy and its application of naturally occurring herbicides of plants, and molecules of several endemic plants in  China,Taiwan. He has served as Vice-President and Chair Professor of the National Sun Yat-Sen University (1999-2002); President and Chair Professor of the National Pingtung University of Science and Technology (2002-2006); and Vice-President of IUBS (1997-2000), and the PSA (2011-2015). His honors include: Academic Award in Agriculture, MOE; Distinguished Research Award, NSC; Highest Honor of  Soka University, Japan, 2002; and Highest Award of International Academic Cooperation, Russian Academy of Science, 1999; and Life Time Achievements Award 2009 from the International Allelopathy Foundation. Prof. Chou served as chairman of several national committees (SCOPE, IUTOX and DIVERSITAS) and served on the SCOPE Executive Committee (2009-2012). Prof. Chou is an active member of the Academia Sinica since 1994 and is also a Fellow of TWAS, elected in 1993.





    Lü Yonglong is Research Professor and Co-Director of Research Center for Eco-Environmental Sciences (RCEES), Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS); and Chair of the Regional Ecological Risk Assessment and Environmental Management Group at RCEES, CAS. For more than two decades he has been involved in international development and the coordination of international activities, taking leadership positions in national or multinational organizations. Dr Lü has been a project leader/coordinator or chief scientist for some 40 national or international cooperative projects, and served on several expert consultation groups for environmental decision-making at various levels of the Chinese government, and has been recognised by national and international distinctions and awards. As an active environmental ecologist, Dr Lü has published more than 200 papers in peer-reviewed journals and authored or co-authored 16 books. He is the founding Editor-in-Chief of Ecosystem Health and Sustainability jointly appointed by the Ecological Society of America and Ecological Society of China, founder and Associate Editor of Environmental Development, SCOPE’s transdisciplinary journal published by Elsevier, and member of the editorial board member of numerous peer-reviewed journals. He was the Guest Editor of a supplementary issue of Science “Science in the Chinese Academy of Sciences” (2012). He is a Fellow of TWAS (The World Academy of Sciences); Member of the ICSU Committee on Scientific Planning and Review; Science Advisor to IUCN; Member of UNEP’s International Resource Panel; Full member, Club of Rome; Vice President, Ecological Society of China; Vice Chair, Chinese Committee for IRDR; Vice Chair, Special Committee on Ecology and Environmental Sciences, Chinese Society for Sustainable Development. Dr Lü was fomerly Director General, Bureau of International Cooperation, CAS; Deputy Director General, Bureau of Planning and Finance, CAS; and Director, Sino-Canadian High-Tech Center of Resources and Environment.




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    Annelies Pierrot-Bults (The Netherlands-SCOR) is currently Guest Scientist at the Zoological Museum Amsterdam, University of Amsterdam and was formerly the Head of the Vermes/Marine Plankton Department at the Museum.  She obtained her Ph.D. from the University of Amsterdam and was a member of the Faculty there. Her main research interests are taxonomy of Chaetognatha and Zooplankton Biogeography. In addition to her numerous publications, she is widely involved in international programmes (IOC/UNESCO, IUBS, SCOR, Census of Marine Zooplankton), national scientific organisations and national and international womens’ issues councils.





    John (Jack) Saddler is the endowed Professor of Forest Products Biotechnology / Bioenergy (originally an NSERC Industry Chair) and also the former Dean, Faculty of Forestry at the University of British Columbia.  Hrhas been involved, for more than 30 years, in various national and international organizations that have advanced the global understanding of how woody biomass can be converted to useful fuels and chemicals. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, Canada’s highest recognition for scientists, and he has received many other awards such as the International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO’s) Scientific Achievement Award, the Charles D. Scott award for contributions to the field of “Biotechnology for fuels and Chemicals”, etc.  Prof. Saddler has published more than 380 papers, several books, holds several patents and is a regular reviewer/advisor for agencies such as the US Dept of Energy, USDA, NSERC, World Bank, etc. He has trained more than 70 graduate students, Post Doc’s and Research Associates, many of whom are now in senior positions in industry, government and academia around the world. Outside of the research setting, Prof. Saddler has not only advised policy-makers at the highest levels provincially and nationally, but has been instrumental in the creation of long-standing initiatives to demonstrate, commercialize and transfer promising biorefining technologies, such as  the creation of the BC Bioenergy Network. Nationally, his influence extends to such bodies as the Science Directorate of the Canadian Forest Service, the Canadian Council of Forests Ministers, and the National Roundtable on Economy and Environment.  Internationally, he has contributed significantly to the work of the UN’s Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO), the US DoE, USDA, the International Energy Agency (IEA) Paris, and he has acted as the Co-Task Leader of the Liquid Biofuels network of IEA Bioenergy organization for many years.






    Theo BECKERS holds a masters in Human Geography and Sociology at Radboud University, Nijmegen and received his PhD from Wageningen University on a study of the development of nature and recreation planning in the Netherlands, ‘Planning for Freedom’ (1983). He worked subsequently at the Dutch Institute for Tourism Studies in Breda (1970-1976), the Department of Rural Sociology in Wageningen (1976-1987) before he became professor, chair, director Graduate Studies and dean in the Faculty of Social and Behavioral Sciences at Tilburg University (1987-1999). In 1999 became the founding scientfic director of Telos, Research Institute for Sustainable Development. Prof. Beckers was advisor for the Dutch Government and the European Commission for issues in physical planning, tourism, rural and sustainable development. He is visiting professor of Chinese Academy of Sciences and the University of Sao Paulo. He  was involved in a number of UNEP and SCOPE projects, in different capacities, related to policy-science issues. He is Editor-in-Chief of the SCOPE Journal Environmental Development published by Elsevier, launched in 2012. Email:



    Tomas HAK worked at the Ministry of Environment of the Czech Republic, department of international projects, in 1993-94.  He served as the Czech representative in the OECD Task Force for the Implementation of the Environmental Action Program and in the Phare program « Black Triangle ».  He later worked as a project manager in a private company GISAT (land use change projects). Since 1997 he has lead an Indicator Department at Charles University Environment Center; his research interests have been indicators of resource use and interpretation of results of the indicators in a social context. While the main areas of his research are environmental indicators and indices, he is also interested in environmental sustainability issues – long term cooperation with Healthy Cities and MoE on sustainability reporting. Dr Hak has taught at Faculty of Humanities and Faculty of Science of Charles University in Prague, and is a member of Environmental Committee of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic.  Since 2003 he has served as Deputy Director, research fellow, and head of the environmental sustainability indicators unit working on various national and international R&D projects at the Charles University Environment Center (CUEC) in Prague. Email:



    Mohamed SABER was graduated from Ain-Shams University (B.Sc. Soil Science 1961), and from Cairo University (M.Sc.1969 and Ph.D. 1969 in microbiology). He began his R&D carrier at National Research Center from 1962 and retired as a Dean of the Agricultural and Biological Division in 2001.
    Prof. Saber has published 130 papers, chaired many R&D projects, written 42 reports for international and local institutions and authored 25 books. The main focus of his work is environmental biotechnology.
    He is a member of and chairs many scientific committees, societies and councils, has received numerous environmental awards, contributed regularly to local and international scientific meetings, and supervised university theses.
    Prof. Saber has chaired the National Committee of SCOPE and IGBP from 2000 to the present time. He is an Professor Emeritus of the National Research Center in Cairo. Email:



    Neville SWEIJD is the Director of the Applied Center for Climate and Earth Systems Science (ACCESS) based in Cape Town, South Africa. The ACCESS programme is a research and research capacity development programme focused on Global Change and comprises a consortium of mostly South African research
    institutions and agencies. He holds a PhD in marine science (molecular genetics applications in fisheries) and has worked in a variety of programmes in the region. Dr Sweijd managed the International Ocean Institute (South Africa whereafter he Directed the intergovernmental BENEFITprogramme based in Namibia. Since then he has worked at the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research with a focus on coastal management. He has a keen interest in both the biophysical processes that influence and interact with society as drivers and impacts of change (including but by no means exclusively climate), and also has a growing
    interest in the role of  governance and governance systems in developing countries, particularly with respect to environmental policy and uptake of science outputs. He is also a champion of education and training at all levels, with particular attention to the development of a new generation of scientists that understands the role of science in the broader context of social development (particularly in Africa). Email:



    Reynaldo VICTORIA received a bachelor’s degree in agricultural engineering from the Escola Superior de Agricultura Luiz de Queiroz da Universidade de São Paulo (ESALQ-USP, University of São Paulo Luiz de Queiroz School of Agriculture) in 1972
    , a master’s degree in nuclear energy use in agriculture from the USP Centro de Energia Nuclear na Agricultura (CENA, Center for Nuclear Energy in Agriculture) in 1975; a doctoral degree in soil and plant nutrition from the ESALQ-USP in 1980. In 1990, he became a tenured professor in the ESALQ-USP Department of Physics and Meteoro logy and in 1996 a full professor at the CENA. From 1976 to 1977, Dr. Victoria was an intern in a specialized course at the University of Saskatchewan. He pursued his postdoctoral studies at the University of California, Davis(1981–1982) and the University of Washington (1992–1993), in Seattle. Dr. Victoria was the director of the CENA from 2002 to 2005, and a member of various college boards during his career at USP. He was and is currently the coordinator of the Committee for the Study of Environmental Problems of the USP Dean’s Office for Culture and University Extension and memver of numerous USP bodies. Dr. Victoria is a former president and current member of the Directive Council of the Instituto de Pesquisa Ambiental da Amazônia (IPAM, Amazon Environmental Research Institute). He is also a former member of the IGBP Biospheric Aspects of the Hydrological Cycle, and has served on the Executive Committee of SCOPE. Dr.Victoria received the Fernando Costa Medal from the São Paulo State Association of Agricultural Engineers for his contribution to research. He has also received a commendation from the Brazilian National Order of Scientific Merit. He is a full member of the Brazilian Academy of Sciences, active in the field of earth sciences. Email:

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