Gordon McBean

Character introduction

Gordon McBean PhD is Professor Emeritus, Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction, Western University, London, Canada and immediate past President of the International Council for Science. During the past 10 years, he has given 200+ presentations to scientific conferences and he regularly gives presentations to high school and public groups on climate change and disaster risk reduction science and related issues. He was: Professor of Geography, Political Science and Physics at Western (2000-2015); Assistant Deputy Minister, Environment Canada (1994-2000) responsible for weather, climate and air quality sciences and services, including advising Ministers for Kyoto Protocol and related issues; Professor, Atmospheric-Oceanic Sciences, University of British Columbia (1988-94); and Senior Scientist in Environment Canada. He is a Member of the Orders of Canada and of Ontario; Fellow: Royal Society of Canada; American Meteorological Society, American Geophysical Union, International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics, Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society and Royal Canadian Geographical Society; and awarded the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize, shared for his contributions to the IPCC; and awarded, in 2015: University of British Columbia Alumni Award of Distinction; American Geophysical Union Ambassador Award; and American Meteorological Society Cleveland Abbe Prize; and in 2017, 62nd International Meteorological Organization Prize.


In 2015, the global community adopted the 2030 Global Agenda: Paris Climate Change Agreement; Sendai Framework on Disaster Risk Reduction; and Sustainable Development Goals. Sustainable Development is: “Humanity has the ability to make development sustainable - to ensure that it meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs”and key is linking social, economic, technology and science issues and connecting the future with the present. Science and technology are a major force in driving human progress and social development and there are major issues in how to“see the future”. To enable science-informed decision making, across all of society, we need adequate understanding and extensive participation of the public and all societal sectors. Science literacy is an intrinsic requirement for the all-round humanity development. The full community of scientists, technologists, educators, governments and the media have important roles in improving public science literacy and need to join in advancing the education, dissemination and popularization of science to promote human development with science and technology for a sustainable future for all humanity.