The Council’s activities focus on three principal areas of work.
- Science-for-policy to stimulate and support international scientific research and scholarship, and to communicate science that is relevant to international policy issues.
- Policy-for-science to promote developments that enable science to contribute more effectively to major issues in the international public domain.
- Scientific freedom and responsibility to defend the free and responsible practice of science.
With a broad range of co-sponsored international research programmes, networks and committees, the Council’s activities span a broad range of issues, from global sustainability, poverty, urban health and wellbeing and disaster risk reduction, to data, observing systems and science advice to governments.
The ISC’s three-yearly Action Plans serve to operationalize the ISC’s vision, mission and strategic objectives. The Plans provide the Council’s members, funders and stakeholders with regular outlooks on ISC priorities and activity planning, monitoring and reporting.