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 Action Plan forms a practical framework for the ISC’s work until the end of 2024, and to work towards our vision of science as a global public good.

The Council’s activities focus on three principal 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.

Action Plans

The ISC’s three-yearly Action Plans serve to operationalize the ISC’s vision, mission and strategic objectives. The Plans provide the Council’s members, funders and stakeholders with regular outlooks on ISC priorities and activity planning, monitoring and reporting.

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