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.


The ISC was created in 2018 as the result of a merger between the International Council for Science (ICSU) and the International Social Science Council (ISSC).

It is the only international non-governmental organization bringing together the natural and social sciences and the largest global science organization of its type.

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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 be the global voice for science; a trusted voice that speaks for the value of all science by:

  • Promoting international research and scholarship on key global challenges
  • Increasing evidence-informed understanding and decision making at all levels of public policy, discourse and action
  •  Promoting the continued and equal advancement of scientific rigour, creativity and relevance in all parts of the world
  • Protecting scientific freedom and advocating principles for the 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; and
  • 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.

Our structure

The Council is governed by an international Governing Board which provides scientific and strategic leadership for the organization, and is advised on key aspects of its work by a number of Advisory Bodies. The Council’s global headquarters are located in Paris, France. Its Regional Offices – for Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, and Asia and the Pacific – work closely with national and regional Members to ensure the relevance of the Council’s work and priorities in all parts of the world. A General Assembly of all Members is convened every three years.

The Council’s membership

The Council’s membership provides the foundation for its work. Through its activities, the Council aims to create opportunities for Members to participate in important scientific conversations and activities, to showcase their scientific contributions at the international level, and to connect to each other and to influential networks worldwide.

If your organization is interested in joining the Council, please contact charles.erkelens@council.science.