The ISSC-ICSU merger process

This is a platform to share information relating to the current implementation process towards a merger between the International Council for Science (ICSU) and the International Social Science Council (ISSC).

In October 2017, members of both councils voted overwhelmingly to merge, launching a process that will see the formation of a single global entity called the International Science Council in summer 2018.

The new International Science Council brings together the current members of ISSC and ICSU, including 40 international scientific unions and associations, and more than 140 national and regional organizations such as academies and research councils.

The organization will be launched at a founding General Assembly to be held in Paris, France in July 2018. Its mission will be to serve as the global voice of science, providing leadership in catalyzing, incubating and coordinating international action on issues of major public concern.

The final vote count in favour of the merger for ICSU was 97.6% and 90% for the ISSC.

In May 2018 members will be asked to participate in an electronic General Assembly to finalize the merger treaty which contains the new name, Statutes and Rules of Procedure. A new, merged Secretariat will be put into place at the organization’s headquarters in Paris.

This is a full archive of background information and documentation that covers the process starting from transition planning to the Oslo Extraordinary General Assembly in 2016 to the Taipei Joint Meetings in 2017.

Please contact the ICSU and ISSC Secretariats with any questions.

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