2022 – 2024: Science and society in transition

The Council’s second Action Plan will guide the Council’s work until the end of 2024. It builds on ISC activities and achievements to date, reflects the lessons that have been learned in implementing the first Action Plan (2019 – 2021), and responds to the evolving global context within which science operates.

This document presents the Council’s prospective scientific and organizational priorities and related activities for the 2022–2024 period. It has been prepared in consultation with ISC members and adopted by the Council’s 2021 General Assembly.

Action Plan 2022-2024: Science and society in transition

In line with the ISC Sustainability Principles, we are also offering an optimized print-at-home version of the document without images. Please note that all ISC members will be sent the full printed version in 2022.


Projects portfolio

Domain 1: Global Sustainability

Domain 2: Converging Science and Technology in a Digital Era

Domain 3: Science in Policy and Public Discourse

Domain 4: Changing Practices in Science and Science Systems

Domain 5: Freedom and Responsibility in Science


Completed or archived projects



Cover image: Dr Keith Wheeler / Science Photo Library. Maize root. Light micrograph of a section through the root of a maize plant (Zea mays) showing a vascular cylinder (centre). The cylinder is comprised of a central cluster of parenchyma cells (blue), surrounded by fused vascular bundles (black/green/blue) and the endodermis (black/red ring). The largest vessels seen here (white) are metaxylem, part of the xylem tissue in the vascular bundles. Xylem transports water and mineral nutrients from the roots throughout the plant, while phloem (light blue), the other component of the bundles, transports carbohydrates and plant hormones. Magnification: x44 when printed 10 centimetres wide.


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