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As a member of the International Science Council (ISC), a global association with more than 180 organisations (national science bodies, international scientific unions), the SCNAT contributes to global science policy developments on behalf of the natural science community in Switzerland. For that purpose, it nominates scientists to ISC decision bodies as appropriate. Further, the SCNAT chairs and hosts the secretariat of the European ISC Members since 2016. The ISC was created in July 2018 by the merger of the International Council for Science (ICSU) and the International Social Science Council (ISSC).

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Flavia Schlegel
  • 11.04.2019
  • ISC
  • News

Swiss woman becomes Special Envoy for Science in Global Policy

Flavia Schlegel has been appointed by the International Science Council (ISC) as its inaugural Special Envoy for Science in Global Policy. Her tasks are to amplify the visibility and voice of the international scientific community within the UN and other global policy fora, such as the G20, by building the Council’s identity and presence at the highest political levels.
ISC General Assembly 2018
  • 06.07.2018
  • ISC
  • News

International Science Council established

The International Science Council (ISC) creates a single organisation that serves as the global voice for the sciences. The ISC is the result of the merger of International Council for Science (ICSU) and the International Social Science Council (ISSC). The founding General Assembly took place on 4 July in Paris.
"Open Data in Science" Workshop, Brüssel, 31.01.2018
  • 2018
  • ICSU
  • Position paper

Open Data in science: recommendations for Europe

To promote Open Data in science, the European Members of the International Council for Science (ICSU) adopted a statement with recommendations for Europe. These concern the FAIR Data Principles, data repositories, data skills, incentives and reward systems, Research Data Management and research culture.
Joint ICSU-ISSC meeting, Taipei, October 2017
  • 26.10.2017
  • ICSU
  • News

Global voice for the natural and social sciences and the humanities

More than 180 national and international science organisations decided on 26 October 2017 in Taipei, Taiwan, to create a global umbrella organisation for the natural and social sciences and the humanities: the International Science Council. This represents the merger of the two organisations International Council for Science (ICSU) and International Social Science Council (ISSC).
Logo World Data System
  • 11.01.2016
  • ICSU
  • News

Data services for global science: international body with Swiss participation

Isabelle Gärtner-Roer from the World Glacier Monitoring Service at the University of Zurich has been elected to the Scientific Committee of the World Data System.
ICSU and climate change research
  • 30.11.2015
  • ICSU
  • News

Climate negotiations: the contribution of global science

On the occasion of the climate negotiations in Paris, a brochure offers insights into the leading role of the International Council for Science in facilitating international research programmes on climate change and providing relevant scientific policy advice.