As the “global voice for science” the ISC must be responsive to public priorities and concerns. It must promote and apply ways of working that maximize the role of scientific understanding in policy and in public discourse. And it must work to ensure that the science system itself is efficient and creative in these purposes.
On 9 June 2020, in response to the global movement responding to the death of George Floyd in police custody in Minneapolis on 25 May 2020, the ISC’s Governing Board agreed to commit to doing something beyond reiterating existing ISC principles by making a statement on Combating systemic racism and other forms of discrimination. The statement called on our members and international partners to join us in undertaking urgent action:
- to gather existing knowledge on discrimination in science;
- to convene a global dialogue within and beyond the institutions of science; and
- to agree on additional concrete steps aimed at correcting systemic discrimination in science.
Global dialogue for collective and impactful action
The ISC convened a meeting with its global partners on 29 June 2020 to exchange information and to brainstorm the possibility of collective and impactful action. The partners included:
- American Association for the Advancement of Science
- Committee of Concerned Scientists
- Global Young Academy
- Interacademy Partnership
- Scholars at Risk
- The International Association of Universities
- The International Council for Philosophy and Human Sciences
- The International Network of Human Rights for Academies and Scholarly Societies
- The World Academy of Sciences
- The World Federation of Engineering Organisations
More information on next steps coming soon.