“To advance science as a global public good”

The International Science Council (ISC) is a non-governmental organization with a unique global membership that brings together 40 international scientific Unions and Associations and over 140 national and regional scientific organizations including Academies and Research Councils.

Our vision

The vision of the Council is to advance science as a global public good. Scientific knowledge, data and expertise must be universally accessible and its benefits universally shared. The practice of science must be inclusive and equitable, also in opportunities for scientific education and capacity development.

Our mission

The mission of the International Science Council is to act as the global voice for science. As part of that mission, the ISC:

  • Speaks for the value of all science and evidence-informed decision-making;
  • Stimulates and supports international scientific research and scholarship on major issues of global concern;
  • Articulates scientific knowledge on such issues in the public domain;
  • Promotes the continued and equal advancement of scientific rigour, creativity and relevance in all parts of the world;
  • Defends the free and responsible practice of science.

Our activities

The Council convenes the scientific expertise and resources needed to lead on catalysing, incubating and coordinating impactful international action on issues of major scientific and public importance.

The Council’s activities focus on three principle 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.

  • President: Daya Reddy
  • President Elect: Peter Gluckman
  • Vice President: Elisa Reis
  • Vice President: Li Jinghai
  • Secretary: Alik Ismail-Zadeh
  • Treasurer: Renée van Kessel
  • Chief Executive Officer: Heide Hackmann

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