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International Science Council launched

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The International Council for Science (ICSU) and the International Social Science Council (ISSC) have committed to merge into a new organisation that articulates the voice of science clearly, carefully and responsibly in relation to a wide range of contemporary issues.  

The vision for the new International Science Council is to look both towards society and towards the scientific community. It endeavours to increase both political awareness of scientific findings and research challenges, and scientist’s awareness of political priorities and societal challenges.

Throughout 2017 and 2018, ICSU and ISSC have worked to build the institutional structure and legitimacy needed to achieve such ambitious aims. This has particularly involved the development of a high-level, generic strategy for the new organisation and of a detailed plan for practically implementing the merger. Both processes have equally included representatives of ICSU and ISSC, and they provided space for feedback from the global research community. 

The planning phase of the merger came to an end in October 2017 when the 32nd ICSU General Assembly, jointly with an extraordinary General Assembly of ISSC, approved the merger according to the plans developed by the Strategy Working Group and the Transitional Task Force. This assembly also initiated the implementation face of the merger.

In the summer of 2018, the new International Science Council (ICS) took the final steps in becoming a fully operational successor of ICSU and ISSC. July 2018 saw a number of important events such as the legal implementation of the merger according to French law and the founding General Assembly of the ICS, during which its first Governing Board and Officers, including Prof. Daya Reddy as President, was elected. This was accompanied by a public launch event’The International Science Day’ held in Paris on the 5th of July 2018. 

The DFG has supported ICSU's and ISSC's work throughout the years with annual contributions to enable the participation of German scientists in related programmes. It is looking forward to collaborate with the ICS to continue this support of German scientists at the international level. 

 

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