International Science Council (ISC) and French Committee for International Scientific Unions (COFUSI)

Débats internationaux


The International Science Council (ISC) is a non-governmental organization with a unique global membership that brings together 40 international scientific unions and associations and over 140 national and regional scientific organizations including academies and research councils.
The ISC was created in 2018 as the result of a merger between the International Council for Science (ICSU) and the International Social Science Council (ISSC). It is the only international non-governmental organization bringing together the natural and social sciences and the largest global science organization of its type.

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The French Committee for International Scientific Unions (Comité français des unions scientifiques internationales, COFUSI), chaired by Académie Corresponding Member Nicole Capitaine and created by the Académie in 1967: it is in charge of coordinating the Comités Nationaux Français [French National Committees] (CNF), which are the correspondents of the international scientific unions that take part in the International Scientific Council. COFUSI assesses and reports on the work of the CNF to the French Ministry of Higher Education and Research. Moreover, it manages the funding granted by the Ministry for taking part in ISC and other various international unions. Lastly, COFUSI spurs the different CNF on to hold joint interdisciplinary meetings and supports their rapprochement with the learned societies.

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