Regional Offices

The International Science Council has three Regional Offices—Africa (established in 2005), Asia and the Pacific (2006), and Latin America and the Caribbean (2007).

Under the guidance of regional scientific committees, the offices promote the further development and strengthening of science in the context of regional priorities, and bring the science of developing countries closer to the ISC. The offices also work to ensure that scientists from the region become involved in ISC activities, especially those related to the priority areas of the region.

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The Regional Office for Africa (sub-Sahara) was established in September 2005 and is hosted by the South African National Research Foundation in Pretoria.

The priority areas for Africa are:

  • sustainable energy
  • natural and human-induced hazards and disasters
  • health and human wellbeing
  • global environmental change (including climate change and adaptation)

The office currently has six staff:

  • Daniel Nyanganyura, Regional Director
  • Richard Glover, Programme Specialist (Biological Sciences)
  • Bongani Mahlalela, Communications Officer
  • Lerato Mmatloa, Administrative Assistant
  • Nomasomi Gasa, Project Coordinator
  • Hanna McCallum, Intern

Asia and the Pacific

The Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific was inaugurated in September 2006 and is hosted by the Malaysian Academy of Sciences in Kuala Lumpur.

The priority areas for Asia and the Pacific are:

  • sustainable energy
  • ecosystem approach
  • hazards and disasters
  • earthquakes, floods and landslides
  • special vulnerability of islands

The office currently has two staff:

  • Mazlan Othman, Director
  • Norizan Ab Rahman, Science Officer (Programme)

Latin America and the Caribbean

The Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean was inaugurated in April 2007. It was hosted by the Brazilian Academy of Science in Rio de Janeiro until November 2010, when it relocated to the Mexican Academy of Sciences in Mexico City. It moved again in August 2016 and is now located in San Salvador, El Salvador.

The priority areas for Latin America and the Caribbean are:

  • sustainable energy
  • natural disasters
  • mathematics education
  • biodiversity

The office currently has four staff:

  • Manuel Limonta, Director
  • Claudia Marroquín, Liaison Officer
  • Karla Rodríguez, Administrative Officer
  • Oscar Reyes, Science Officer