COVID-19 actions

Summary overview of the International Science Council’s COVID-19 response actions

COVID-19 actions

ISC-lead projects

Launched in February 2021

COVID-19 Scenarios Project
Launched in consultation with the WHO and the UNDRR and led by a multidisciplinary oversight panel the project will outline a range of scenarios over the mid- and long-term that aim to assist our understanding of the options for achieving an optimistic and fair end to the pandemic.

Launched in April 2020

COVID-19 Global Science Portal
The portal provides an overview of response to the COVID-19 pandemic by the ISC community by sharing scientific commentary and analysis, and highlighting the scale and scope of response by ISC Members and partners to this global emergency.

International collaboration

Launched in May 2020

IIASA-ISC Consultative Science Platform: Bouncing Forward Sustainably
Drawing on the combined strengths and expertise of the two organizations, this project aims to define and design sustainability pathways that will enable building-back a more sustainable post COVID-19 world.

Launched in August 2020

UN Research Roadmap for the COVID-19 Recovery
The ISC is actively supporting an initiative launched by the UN to identify research priorities that will support an equitable global socio-economic recovery from COVID-19 and continued progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Launched in May 2020

COVID Educational Alliance (COVIDEA)
An international alliance looking at the world-wide educational challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and aiming at adapting education systems to a fast changing and increasingly digital world through the use of appropriate technologies

COVID-19-related webinars and events


Global Science TV
Watch our various Science Explained, Big Issues and Big Thinkers episodes of Global Science TV, an initiative aimed at sharing scientific expertise directly from experts themselves, while educating, entertaining and informing viewers on major issues of scientific relevance.

Nov 2020 – Nov 2021
October 2021

COVID-19 Outcome Scenarios Project
As part of the 2nd ISC General Assembly and the International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction, the ISC and the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR) facilitated a discussion on the importance of systems thinking and global cooperation to improve long-term outcomes of global emergencies in the frame of a series of special events on 13 October 2021.

July 2021

Enhancing Policy-making During an Emergency: Lessons Learned from the COVID-19 Pandemic
Official ISC side-event at the United Nations 2021 High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development discussing what the pandemic has taught the global community about policy-making and what policy-makers need to do to put into practice evidence-based decision making.

January 2021

COVID-19 – From Recovery to Sustainability
The ISC organized an online event to kick off 2021 as a year of recovery and transformations within reach, featuring presentations and discussions around the UN Research Roadmap for the COVID-19 Recovery and the IIASA-ISC Consultative Science Platform: Bouncing Forward Sustainably – Pathways to a post-COVID World.

November 2020

Science in the Newsroom Global Summit 2020 – Countering Misinformation: how you can make a difference
The promise of a vaccine for COVID-19 has provided a much-needed dose of optimism, but it also brings a new and urgent dimension to fight against misinformation which goes way beyond anything the media can tackle alone.

June 2020

The role of science and science funders in the time of COVID-19
The ISC organized a webinar discussion with national research funding agencies, development aid agencies and private foundations to showcase, stimulate and help maximize the potential impact of the growing number of national, regional and international COVID-19 research calls and programmes.

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