Founding General Assembly of the International Science Council

July 2018 saw the launch of the International Science Council (ISC), resulting from the merger of the International Council for Science (ICSU) with the International Social Science Council (ISSC).
Founding General Assembly of the International Science Council

At the founding General Assembly of the new organization, the combined membership of the two predecessor organizations elected their representatives on the governing structures for the first three years of the new Council. The event was held in the “Maison des Océans” in central Paris.

📷 For photos from the event see our Flickr page

▶ You can watch a recording of the speeches from the public launch event on YouTube

Meeting Documents

Documents pertaining to the 1st ISC General Assembly can be found here:

Practical Information


La Maison des Océans
(Institut océanographique)
195, rue Saint-Jacques 75005 Paris

A selection of hotels, with special rates and pre-blocked for participants attending the General Assembly, will be available on the online registration.  Participants are requested to download the hotel form which they should complete and emailed or faxed directly to the hotel to secure accommodation.

You are advised to book your accommodation as soon as possible as July is a busy tourist month in Paris. For further information on accommodation, please click on the following link: or go through the “official channel” via the online registration form.



  • A cocktail reception by the Académie des sciences on 4 July under the dome of the Institut de France: to include a concert under the direction of Laurent Petitgirard and a keynote lecture by Antonio Damasio on “The biological roots of cultures: science, technology, and art”
  • A cocktail will be organised on 5 July at the Gallery of Evolution of the  Natural History Museum (Grande galérie de l’évolution du Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle).

Accompanying persons are welcome to attend the evening functions.


Delegates will need to check if they require visas and if so to arrange to obtain them in good time. For details:

Please indicate on the registration form if you need a visa, in order to obtain a visa invitation letter.


Useful local information:

For tourist information, check out the official tourist office website:

Weather in July: mostly dry, sunny and warm. The average temperature for this time of year is 20°C. Daily high temperature: 23°C to 25°C Daily low temperature: 14°C. July heatwaves are possible, with temperatures reaching 37°C.



Power sockets are of type E. The standard voltage is 230 V and the standard frequency is 50 Hz. Please check if you need a power plug adapter and/or a voltage converter.


Wireless Connection

There will be internet access in the conference centre and meeting room. Information on wireless connection in the hotels will be given at the venue.


Mobile Phones

Check with your phone company before leaving home about international mobile roaming facilities available in the host country.


Travel and Public Transportation

Participants are expected to make their own travel arrangements to Paris.


Airports: Paris has two main airports about 1 hour from the city and connected by a regular bus service, railway and taxis. Taxis from Roissy Charles de Gaulle airport into the centre of Paris will range from Euro 50-55, and from Orly airport from Euro 30-35.


Information on how to get to Paris from the Charles de Gaulle airport:


From Orly airport:


Public transportation in Paris is very convenient and is recommended. For maps, itineraries and schedules, visit the public transportation official website:


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