At a historic meeting in Taipei on October 26, members of two leading international science bodies – the International Council for Science (ICSU) and the International Social Science Council (ISSC) – agreed to merge and create a unified international organization with the vision to advance science as a global public good. The new International Science Council brings together the current members of the ICSU and the ISSC, including 40 international scientific unions and associations, along with more than 140 national and regional organizations including academies and research councils. The organization will be launched in Paris, France in 2018 at a founding General Assembly.
After two days of intensive discussions, the final tally of the merger vote ended at 97.6% in favor of the ICSU and 90% for the ISSC. Alberto Martinelli, President of the ISSC, said, “This vote comes at a crucial moment for science. Now more than ever before, a powerful and credible voice is needed to advocate the value and values of all science to society. The challenge of living sustainably and equitably in a rapidly changing world means that the need for scientific understanding has never been greater. The unified science council will champion all the sciences and their role in responding to today’s global challenges.” Gordon McBean, President of the ICSU, said: “ICSU has been a pioneer in the 20th century for interdisciplinary science programmes and policy impact. I am immensely proud that our members have voted to endorse this historic merger, which carves out a new space for our proud historic legacy – to be the global voice of all sciences in a digitally connected world.” To learn more, please click here.