The mission of the ISC Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean is to ensure that the regional priorities are reflected in the ISC Strategic Plan and to develop sound regional scientific programs. In detail, its objectives are:

  • To assist ISC and its members in their strategic planning for activities in Latin America and the Caribbean and to ensure that their plans and activities are well linked to the science community and to relevant networks and organizations in the region;
  • To identify and elaborate science and policy priorities in the region, to enhance ISC’s knowledge about these priorities and to facilitate the collaboration between ISC and scientists and policy makers in the region to address these priorities;
  • To promote and facilitate capacity building in Latin America and the Caribbean;
  • To implement the science plans of the four ISC ROLAC scientific priority areas biodiversity, natural hazards, sustainable energy, and mathematics education.The Regional Office coordinates the activities proposed and executed by the Regional Committee members concerning the ISC ROLAC priority areas;
  • To strengthen the links between ISC and its National Members and Regional Contacts of Scientific Union members in Latin America and the Caribbean;
  • To facilitate the expansion and active membership of ISC to institutions in Latin American and Caribbean countries, which are not yet members of ISC;
  • To assist in the integration of key regional scientists and institutions into existing ISC programs and initiatives. Of special relevance is the integration of ISC ROLAC’s scientific priority areas biodiversity and natural hazards into the respective global ISC initiatives;
  • To collaborate with the ISC Regional Offices for Africa (ROA) and Asia Pacific (ROAP) as well as with ISC headquarters in Paris to assure the integration of ISC ROLAC’s work into the global agenda of SC.

ISC ROLAC vision

  • Science is used for the benefit of all, excellence in science is valued and scientific knowledge is effectively linked to policymaking.
  • Universal and equitable access to high quality scientific data and information is a reality and all countries have the scientific capacity to use these and to contribute to generating the new knowledge that is necessary to establish their own development pathways in a sustainable manner.

Priority Areas

The ISC ROLAC office focuses on the following priority project areas.