Agency or Program
International Science Council

In order to strengthen international science for the benefit of society, ICSU mobilizes the knowledge and resources of the international science community to:

  • Identify and address major issues of importance to science and society.
  • Facilitate interaction amongst scientists across all disciplines and from all countries.
  • Promote the participation of all scientists—regardless of race, citizenship, language, political stance, or gender—in the international scientific endeavour.
  • Provide independent, authoritative advice to stimulate constructive dialogue between the scientific community and governments, civil society, and the private sector.
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Principal Contact

Heide Hackmann, Chief Executive Officer – ceo council.science

Activity Summary

ICSU, and its members, are variously active in all areas of capacity building. The ICSU grants programme and ICSU/TWAS/UNESCO Visiting Scientist programme provide specific support for international scientific exchange. The ICSU Committee on Capacity Building in Science (CCBS) had, until recently, a particular focus on primary school science education. ICSU, together with the Inter-Academy Panel on International Affairs (IAP), has developed a ‘teaching science’ web-portal that provides extensive information on science education and training programmes from across the world. This includes regularly up-dated information from national science academies and international unions.

As part of its overall strategy development, ICSU has completed a Priority Area Assessment (below) to help define the Council’s particular role(s) in capacity building (in all areas of science) in the future. The establishment of ICSU Regional Offices will be very important function in this regard.