ICAS supports researchers to enter into a dialogue with representatives of politics and administration, as well as experts of practical application and members of the public. The commission organises workshops and conferences for the analysis of current tendencies and works towards a problem-based, interdisciplinary approach to alpine research.
As a basis of their work, ICAS consults Swiss experts in the field of alpine and mountain research, and data collected in research projects, publications and events. In addition, ICAS represents the Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences in the International Scientific Committee on Research in the Alps (ISCAR) and runs the ISCAR office. Every second year, the latter organizes either the Forum Alpinum or the AlpWeek in co-operation with international partners. ISCAR is also responsible for appointing Swiss experts to participate in the different committees belonging to the Alpine Convention.
ICAS is part of the Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences. It is supported both by the Swiss Academy of Sciences (SCNAT) and the Swiss Academy of Humanities and Social Sciences (ASSH); they each elect half of the members that constitute the commission.