International Science Council

The International Science Council (ISC) is a non-government organisation representing both natural and social sciences, with a global membership of 40 international scientific unions and interdisciplinary science bodies as well as over 140 national and regional scientific bodies. These organisations convene scientists within and across natural and social science disciplines to coordinate research and address issues of global significance.

The ISC was formed in July 2018 by the merger of the International Council for Science (ICSU) and the International Social Science Council. The Academy represented Australian science at the historic meeting, with a delegation consisting of the current and immediate past Foreign Secretaries and the directors of International Programs and Future Earth Australia, advised by Professor David Black FAA, Academy Fellow and Secretary-General of ICSU.

The Asia–Pacific region will be well-represented at the ISC during its formative years. Among the elected members of the inaugural ISC Board are Professor Sir Peter Gluckman KNZM FRSNZ FMedSci FRS (President-Elect, New Zealand), Professor Jinghai Li (Vice-President, China), Professor Ruth Fincher AM FASSA (Ordinary Member, Australia) and Professor James C. Liao (Ordinary Member, Taiwan).

Since 1954, the Academy has represented Australian interests at the ICSU as the National Member Organisation. The Academy meets the responsibilities and obligations that arise from membership to the ISC and its scientific bodies with the assistance of the National Committees for Science. These include coordinating responses and submissions as well as nominations for executive committee positions and appointment of voting delegates to general assemblies.

In addition to membership of the ISC, the Academy is also involved in the ISC Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (ROAP) which focuses on the development of science throughout Asia and the Pacific and in particular aims to strengthen the voice of scientists from developing countries in the region. Australia currently holds a position on the ISC ROAP Board and is represented by Academy Fellow and Council Member, Professor Frances Separovic FAA.

Australian membership managed by the Academy

Australian partner organisations

The Academy has established valuable agreements with professional societies to enable more Australian researchers to have a voice on the international stage. These partners work closely with the relevant National Committees to promote the benefits of the unions to the scientific community. In 2016 these organisations are:

Australian representation on ICSU organisations

Australia’s global science credibility and influence is enhanced by high-level representation on the executives of ICSU organisations. Each ICSU organisation has substructures of committees and task groups in which an estimated 370 Australians serve at any given time. This gives Australian scientists extensive opportunities to contribute to international strategic planning and priority setting, and to establish research collaborations with other leaders in their fields.

A current list of Australians holding positions on the executive boards of ICSU organisations may be found here.

Union meetings held in Australia

Australian organisations routinely bid to hold congresses and scientific meetings of the unions in Australia. Recent and upcoming meetings are listed below:

Union

Meeting

City

Year

SCOR

SOOS Scientific Steering Committee and Associated Meetings

Hobart

2015

Future Earth

2015 Conference on Earth System Governance: Democracy and resilience in the Anthropocene

Canberra

2015

IGU

International Conference on Population Geographies

Brisbane

2015

IUPAC

23rd International Conference on Physical Organic Chemistry

Sydney

2016

IUPAC

17th International Biotechnology Symposium and Exhibition

Melbourne

2016

IAU

The Multi-Messenger Astrophysics of the Galactic Centre

Cairns

2016

IUIS

International Veterinary Immunology Symposium

Gold Coast

2016

IUIS

16th International Congress of Immunology

Melbourne

2016

IUGS

IGS Workshop 2016

Sydney

2016

Future Earth

The Ocean in a High CO2 World Symposium

Hobart

2016

Future Earth

Future Earth session at AMOS/ARCCSS National Conference 2016

Melbourne

2016

IUPAC

Federation of Asian Chemical societies’ ACC-17

Melbourne

2017

IUMRS

International Conference of Young Researchers on Advanced Materials

Adelaide

2018

COSPAR

43rd Scientific Assembly

Sydney

2020

SCAR

XXXVI SCAR Scientific Assembly

Hobart

2020

Guidelines for scientific meetings held in Australia

The Academy’s guidelines set out the policy on holding international meetings in Australia for the information of the relevant scientific communities, convention bureaus and other interested organisations and may be found here.

Future Earth Australia

Future Earth Australia seeks to help, present and future researchers, governments, civil society, holders of local knowledge, research funders and the private sector work together towards solutions for sustainable futures. Like its global parent, Future Earth Australia’s vision is for people to thrive in a sustainable and equitable world.

With support from the Australian Council of Learned Academies (ACOLA), Future Earth Australia is consulting broadly with leading multidisciplinary researchers, business groups and community organisations to develop a strategic plan for Future Earth in Australia.

Report: Maximising the benefits from Australia’s formal linkages to global scientific activities

Science by nature is an international enterprise. Contributing to progress in science, developing excellence in Australian science, and maximising the benefits of science requires that Australia participates fully in this enterprise. This report was published in 2005. 

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Contact

ICSU Liaison Officer
icsu@science.org.au

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