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International social scientists are assembling a Human Response to Global Change Program (HRGCP), with the intention of complementing the already established International Geosphere-Biosphere Program. International working meetings have been held in Sweden, Argentina and Warsaw this year, but the program is still in the formative stages. Peter Timmerman, of the HRGCP Secretariat in Toronto, explained this is the case mainly because a well-organized community does not exist for social scientists, as it does for the physical and life sciences composing the IGBP. A preliminary working symposium of about 50 individuals is planned in Tokyo for late September, and will include a mix of IGBP scientists with interests in the social sciences. While worldwide involvement of all interested parties in HRGCP is clearly the ultimate goal, Timmerman said what is needed most at this stage is a flood of ideas, not people, and background papers for discussion at the Tokyo meeting are welcome. Identification of interested members of the international community is also necessary, and there will probably be a second symposium in 1990 involving a larger group to formulate detailed program plans. The HRGCP Secretariat resides at Timmerman's office at the International Federation of Institutes for Advanced Study, 39 Spadina Road, Toronto, Ontario M5R 2S9, Canada; 416-926-7570.

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