About the International Science Council
The International Science Council (ISC) is the largest global science organization of its kind, bringing together all sciences and working at the international level to catalyze and convene scientific expertise, advice and influence on issues of major concern to both science and society.
Through its global membership of over 220 scientific organizations, the Council acts as the global voice of and for science and works towards its vision of science as a global public good.
Our priorities for 2023
Our activities are driven by the latest Action Plan 2022-2024, which forms a practical framework of our projects, with several key priorities taking centre stage in 2023:
Growing our global membership to represent and serve the interests and needs of all sciences
THE ISC IN GLOBAL POLICY
AND THE UN
Bringing the voice of science to the highest level of policy-making – through the United Nations and other multilateral fora
GLOBAL COMMISSION ON MISSION SCIENCE FOR SUSTAINABILITY
Mobilizing science and resources to target the most pressing sustainability challenges
FREEDOM AND RESPONSIBILITY IN SCIENCE
Safeguarding the right to share in and benefit from science, and promoting the responsible conduct of science
Recognizing individuals who have made outstanding contributions to advancing science as a global public good
Building the evidence and intellectual resources to help transform science and research systems
The Trust will ensure financial sustainability and continuity of the organization
Bringing diversity of voices from all parts of the world
There are multiple ways for individuals and organizations to join our scientific community and get involved in our work.
Become an ISC Member and 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.
◾ 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.
◾ ISC Membership benefits include voting and nominating rights on key strategic matters, access to international opportunities to advance your scientific priorities and interests, participation in important international scientific conversations and activities organized in the framework of the United Nations, among others.
◾ Members will attend a major in-person networking event in Paris in May, to strengthen ISC Member relationships and discuss global developments for science, as well as needs and priorities of Members and the ISC.
◾ Join our team (we are currently looking for a Science Director) and subscribe to our Job Alerts using the form below to receive future opportunities.
◾ Engage with us through your institution: Browse our Membership Directory to check if your institution or scientific disciplinary union or association is already a Member and can offer ways to get involved in our work. If you don’t see your discipline there, contact us to talk about ensuring the voice of your science is heard at the global level.
◾ Talk to your ISC focal point: If your institution is listed, you’ll have an ISC Focal Point. Ask them to send you our regular Member updates that provide information for Members, such as calls for nominations for scientific processes (for example, through UN policy processes or within the ISC); attending conferences or symposiums or dedicated ISC activities related to our projects.
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◾ Stay updated: Sign up to ISC Monthly to receive key updates from the ISC and the broader scientific community, and check out our more specialized niche newsletters on Open Science, Science at the UN, and more.
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ISC-Nature podcast collaborations
Nature, Working Scientist: Science Diversified
This series highlights all aspects of diversity in science – asking why diversity matters, why diversity makes for better science, how to integrate diverse voices and different perspectives in research, and how to promote inclusion of less well represented or marginalized groups in science settings, including women, people of colour, LGBTQI people, people with disabilities, and people who take a non-traditional route into science.
Freedom and responsibility in science in the 21st century
Our next podcast series will focus on freedom and responsibility in science in the 21st century – what freedom and responsibility mean today, and why they matter for the scientific community. Together with expert guests, we’ll explore topics such as building trust in science, the responsible use of emerging technologies, combatting mis- and dis-information, and the intersections between science and politics.
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