How to Become a Member

Together, we can advance science as a global public good. Add your voice to the global scientific debates.

Join an ever-increasing global membership that helps strengthen international science for the benefit of society, building the capacity to bring together and integrate scientific excellence and science-policy expertise from all fields of science worldwide. By becoming a member of the ISC, your institution will become part of the global voice for science.

Benefit from full voting and nominating rights as well as access to international opportunities to advance your scientific priorities and interests, including participation in important international scientific conversations and activities organized in the framework of the United Nations and the World Economic Forum among others. Explore opportunities to collaborate with other members on issues of common interest and obtain access to information on international scientific developments, including funding opportunities and support for the exchange of best practices. Strengthen national and international awareness of the disciplinary or national scientific communities relevant to your organization and amplify your messages through the ISC channels.

Our members adhere to the Council as institutions in one of the following categories:

1. Member Organizations: Academies of sciences, research councils or analogous not-for-profit scientific bodies representing science in a country, region or territory

2. Member Unions and Associations: International scientific bodies devoted to the scientific activities in one or more disciplines and areas of science and to their promotion

3. Affiliated Members: International governmental and non-governmental organizations, whose affiliation with the Council is not covered by the membership categories above, or whose activities are in a field cognate to those of the Council. Affiliated Members have no voting or nominating rights.

The ISC does not offer individual membership at the moment. If your institution does not meet the eligibility criteria, please consider engaging in ISC activities through membership with one of our members.

When adhering to the ISC family, members commit to supporting ISC values, to complying with the ISC Statutes and Rules of Procedure and to adhering to the Council’s vision of science as a global public good and its mission to provide a powerful and credible global voice for science. Members are invited to participate in events and activities of the community, be represented at the ISC General Assembly at high level, and to engage with the ISC science programmes and bodies.

Membership to the ISC is subject to an annual membership fee within a scale determined by the General Assembly. Currently, dues for Member Organizations are based on the national GDP, while dues for Member Unions and Associations are determined by the income from their own membership fees. Dues for Affiliated Members currently amount to a fixed fee of € 520 p.a. in 2020. A revised dues structure is currently under development and will be presented to all members during the upcoming General Assembly in 2021.



Please contact the ISC Membership Liaison Officer Anne Thieme should you have any questions regarding ISC membership.


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