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ISC Awards Programme

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Celebrating excellence for the advancement of science as a global public good.

The International Science Council Awards Programme was established in 2020 by the ISC Governing Board to recognize individuals, groups, and initiatives launched by the ISC and its members that serve to advance science as a global public good, by, for example promoting international, interdisciplinary scientific research cooperation, striving to bring scientific knowledge into the public domain, innovating in science education and outreach, or promoting the free and responsible practice of science.

ISC Awards 2021

On 13 October 2021, the ISC conferred the first edition of the ISC Awards during the 2nd ISC General Assembly. Watch the recording of the ceremony below and learn more about the inaugural ISC awardees.

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The ISC Awards are conferred every three years during the ISC General Assembly in the following categories:

  1. Science for Sustainability Award for outstanding scientific contribution to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals using an interdisciplinary approach (one award)
  2. Science-for-Policy Award for outstanding contribution to, stimulation of, support for or communication of the findings of international scientific research and scholarship relevant to international policy challenges (one award)
  3. Policy-for-Science Award for outstanding contribution to developments in the science system that enable science to contribute more effectively to major debates in the international domain (one award)
  4. Scientific Freedom and Responsibility Award for outstanding contribution to defending and promoting the free and responsible practice of science (one award)
  5. Early Career Scientist Award for exceptional contribution to science and international scientific collaboration by early career researchers (six awards: one award to a scientist from each of (i) Africa, (ii) Asia, (iii) Australia and Oceania, (iv) Europe, (v) North America, and (vi) South America and the Caribbean)

I am delighted that the ISC Governing Board decided to develop an Awards Programme to recognize exceptional achievements of individuals whose excellence, leadership and support have significantly advanced science development for the benefit of humanity.

Alik Ismail-Zadeh

Awards Selection Committee

The Awards Selection Committee is appointed by the ISC President for each edition of the awards, with the approval of the ISC Governing Board. Geographic, gender, and age distribution are important considerations for selection of nominees.

View the members of the 2021 Selection Committee.


The next ISC Awards Programme will be celebrated in 2026. The nomination will open in 2025. Read more about the nomination process.

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Anne Thieme

Membership Liaison Officer

International Science Council

Anne Thieme

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