6. Governance

The Council is governed by a 17-member Governing Board which provides scientific and strategic leadership for the organization, with guidance from a number of advisory bodies.

Meet the members of the Governing Board


The Governing Board appointed its advisory committees in 2019, on the basis of nominations from ISC members. Each of the committees is chaired and vice-chaired by Governing Board members and includes non-Governing Board members. The committees are:

The Committee for Science Planning, which undertakes strategic scientific planning and reviews, addressing major thematic issues concerned with science for policy and policy for science.

The Committee for Freedom and Responsibility in Science, which safeguards the principle of freedom and responsibility in science and deals with related issues at the global level.

The Committee for Outreach and Engagement, which focuses on membership matters, outreach to external stakeholders, partnerships and strategic communications.

The Committee for Finance and Fundraising, which addresses issues of finance, auditing, resource mobilization and risk management.


A General Assembly of all members is convened every three years. The next General Assembly, and first ever ‘Global Knowledge Dialogue’ to be held by the ISC will take place between 9 and 14 October 2021 in Muscat, Oman.


Photo: De Dudarev Mikhail, Shutterstock.

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