Our members are at the heart of the International Science Council. Every three years they convene during a General Assembly to chart the strategic direction of the organization.

The International Science Council (ISC) is the only international NGO bringing together over 200 international natural and social science unions and associations as well as national and regional scientific organizations including academies, research councils, institutes and foundations. Through our members, the Council is unique in its capacity to integrate scientific excellence and science-policy expertise from all fields of science and all regions of the world. Together, we advance science as a global public good.


We draw our strengths from our members, we draw our identity from them, and together we will forge the strength and identity of the ISC.

Heide Hackmann, Chief Executive Officer of the International Science Council

There are many ways in which we engage with our members, and our members engage with us:

  • We collaborate in the frame of our various programmes within the ISC 2019 – 2021 Action Plan, taking into consideration the individual priorities and expertise of each organization to lead on catalyzing, incubating and coordinating impactful international action on issues of major scientific and public importance
  • Our members nominate candidates for the ISC advisory committees and are invited to join ad hoc working groups and task forces on specific topics
  • With regional offices in Africa and the Asian-Pacific region, the voice of science and the voice of our members is heard at a variety of levels at the science-policy interface in a local, national, regional and international context. The ISC aims to bring synergy to the work of other regional actors to ensure that regional scientific communities are fully engaged in developing and delivering global scientific strategy and action.

Learn more about our members by browsing the online directory.

Interested in joining our global membership and in adding your voice to the global scientific debates?

Find out how to become a member of the ISC and get in touch with our Membership Liaison Officer Anne Thieme should you have any questions regarding ISC membership.


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