Documentation on the ICSU/ISSC merger process

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The ISSC-ICSU merger process

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

It follows a joint meeting between the ISSC and ICSU in October 2016, at which members of both organizations voted overwhelmingly in favour of an in-principle decision to merge the two councils. The merger had previously been unanimously recommended by the two organizations' executive bodies, drawing on the findings of a joint working group established to explore closer institutional alignment, and possible amalgamation, between the two councils.

ICSU and the ISSC have a long history of successful collaboration, dating back to the early days of both organizations, and especially apparent in recent mutual endeavours such as Future Earth.

The two organizations have now begun the process of developing a joint vision and structure for a new, merged council that can consolidate the strengths of both ISSC and ICSU while blazing a new trail for international science in the 21st century.

This is a repository of documentation relating to the transition planning process and the background to the 2016 vote. Please contact the ICSU and ISSC Secretariats with any questions.