The ISC was created in 2018 as the result of a merger between the International Council for Science (ICSU) and the International Social Science Council (ISSC).
It is the only international non-governmental organization bringing together the natural and social sciences and the largest global science organization of its type.
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The vision of the Council is to advance science as a global public good. Scientific knowledge, data and expertise must be universally accessible and its benefits universally shared. The practice of science must be inclusive and equitable, also in opportunities for scientific education and capacity development.
The mission of the International Science Council is to act as the global voice for science. As part of that mission, the ISC:
- Speaks for the value of all science and evidence-informed decision-making;
- Stimulates and supports international scientific research and scholarship on major issues of global concern;
- Articulates scientific knowledge on such issues in the public domain;
- Promotes the continued and equal advancement of scientific rigour, creativity and relevance in all parts of the world;
- Defends the free and responsible practice of science.
The Council convenes the scientific expertise and resources needed to lead on catalysing, incubating and coordinating impactful international action on issues of major scientific and public importance. The Council’s activities are driven by its Action Plan, 2019 -2021,
The Council’s activities focus on three principle areas of work:
- Science-for-policy to stimulate and support international scientific research and scholarship, and to communicate science that is relevant to international policy issues;
- Policy-for-science to promote developments that enable science to contribute more effectively to major issues in the international public domain; and
- Scientific freedom and responsibility to defend the free and responsible practice of science.
With a broad range of co-sponsored international research programmes, networks and committees, the Council’s activities span a broad range of issues, from global sustainability, poverty, urban health and wellbeing and disaster risk reduction, to data, observing systems and science advice to governments.
The Council is governed by an international Governing Board which provides scientific and strategic leadership for the organization, and is advised on key aspects of its work by a number of Advisory Bodies. The Council’s global headquarters are located in Paris, France. Its Regional Offices – for Africa and Asia and the Pacific – work closely with national and regional Members to ensure the relevance of the Council’s work and priorities in all parts of the world. A General Assembly of all Members is convened every three years.
The Council’s membership
The Council’s membership provides the foundation for its work. Through its activities, the Council aims to create opportunities for Members to participate in important scientific conversations and activities, to showcase their scientific contributions at the international level, and to connect to each other and to influential networks worldwide.
If your organization is interested in joining the Council, please contact Anne Thieme.