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ICSU ROLAC strives to strenghten relations with ICSU Scientific Union Members and 19 Unions have so far appointed a contact person for Latin America and the Caribbean.


The Network of R&D and Postgraduate Programmes in the Basic Sciences in the Caribbean

Richard Taylor


International Astronomical Union

Marta Rovira


International Brain Research Organization



International Geographical Union

Irasema Alcántara-Ayala


International Mathematical Union

Marcelo Viana


INternational Union for QUAternary Research

Franck Audemard


International Sociological Association



International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing



International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences



International Union of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Angelo Azzi


International Union of Biological Sciences

Valeria Souza Saldivar


International Union of Crystallography

Sine Larsen


International Union of Forest Research Organizations

Bastiaan Louman


International Union of Food Science and Technology

Pingfan Rao


International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics



International Union of Geological Sciences

Marta Mantovani


The International Union for History and Philosophy of Science and Technology



International Union of Immunological Societies



International Union of Materials Research Societies



International Union of Microbiological Societies



International Union of Nutritional Sciences



International Union for Pure and Applied Biophysics

Cristobal dos Remedios


International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry

Ram S. Lamba


International Union of Pure and Applied Physics

Carmen Cisneros


International Union for Physical and Engineering Sciences in Medicine

Herbert F.Voigt


International Union of Basic and Clinical Pharmacology



International Union of Physiological Sciences



International Union of Psychological Science

Juan Jose Sanchez Sosa


International Union of Soil Sciences



International Union of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics

Luiz Bevilacqua


International Union of Toxicology



Union Radio Scientifique Internationale

Emanoel Costa



CARISCIENCE is a network of R&D and Postgraduate Programmes in the Basic Sciences in the Caribbean supported by UNESCO. It was officially launched at the Mona Campus of the University of the West Indies in Jamaica on June 1, 1999 by the then Vice-Chancellor, The Honorable Rex Nettleford. It is an organization administered by researchers for researchers and involves scientists in Barbados, Guadeloupe, Guyana, Jamaica, Suriname and Trinidad and Tobago. Membership is open to any established Research Centre or Unit in the Caribbean.

Todate, with very limited funding CARISCIENCE has supported over 17 Workshops, Conferences/ Symposia, 28 academic visits and 7 Research and Development Projects. It has recently introduced a Caribbean Young Scientist Fellowship Programme, which enables Ph.D students to spend 3-6 months at centers of excellence in Brazil, Mexico, Cuba, India and the International Centre for Theoretical Physics in Trieste, Italy. CARISICENCE works closely with a number of organizations including UNESCO, OAS, TWAS, ICPT and academies of sciences.

The priority focus areas of CARISCIENCE can be captured in the following objectives:

  • To upgrade the academic excellence of graduate, postgraduate and R&D programmes and the quality of science research in the Caribbean.
  • To strengthen theoretical and practical knowledge concerning basic sciences in the Caribbean.
  • To contribute towards increasing the number of postgraduate and R&D programmes and cooperation and integration among them.
  • To foster further participation among young researchers in sciences.
  • To favour science postgraduate programmes and to prepare, with high excellence academic training within the pre-established terms, professionals and workers of knowledge with analytical, creative and critical thought (and with the ability to communicate it) capable of acquitting themselves in an economical, social, cultural and informed interdependent society.

To achieve the above objectives, CARISCIENCE will undertake the following activities:

  • Exchange of teachers and researchers
  • Exchange of students (fellowships, in-service training, etc.)
  • Transmission of teaching experience and results
  • Joint graduate and postgraduate training projects
  • Joint research projects
  • Dissemination of publications and editing of joint publications
  • Promotion of events and other activities related to the analysis and dissemination of knowledge
  • Support to the development of an evaluation and accreditation system of Postgraduate programmes of the sciences in the Caribbean.



The International Mathematical Union is a non-governmental and non-profit scientific organization devoted to promoting the development of mathematics in all its aspects across the world. IMU is a member of the International Council for Science – ICSU.

The objectives of the International Mathematical Union are:

  • To promote international cooperation in mathematics.
  • To decide on the location and assist the organization of the International Congress of Mathematicians.
  • To support other international scientific meetings or conferences.
  • To acknowledge outstanding research contributions to mathematics by awarding scientific prizes.
  • To encourage and support other international mathematical activities considered likely to contribute to the development of mathematical science in any of its aspects, pure, applied, or educational.

To develop its activities, IMU has several Committees and Commissions:

  • Executive Committee
  • International Commission on Mathematical Instruction (ICMI)
  • Commission for Developing Countries (CDC)
  • International Commission on the History of Mathematics (ICHM)
  • Committee on Electronic Information and Communication (CEIC)

IMU was founded in 1920 and reborn after World War II in 1951.

Detailed information about IMU, its history, and its activities can be found at IMU’s website www.mathunion.org

IMU covers all the areas of mathematics (pure or applied) as well as mathematical education research. Even if mathematics and mathematicians for the most part carry on their business without any thought for IMU, but it is the principal body representing mathematics on the world stage. Originally, its aims were mainly concerned with the organization of the International Congress of Mathematicians (ICM) and the awarding of the Fields Medals, but now they include other issues of importance for mathematics, for example those connected with electronic publication and with the development of mathematics in less-advantaged parts of the world.


The International Union for Quaternary Research (INQUA) was established in 1928 and exists to encourage and facilitate the research of Quaternary scientists in all disciplines. To this end:

  • Five Commissions (Coastal & Marine Processes; Humans & the Biosphere; Palaeoclimates; Stratigraphy & Chronology; Terrestrial Processes, Deposits & History) provide leadership in different spheres of research, and are responsible for ensuring that INQUA scientists remain at the forefront of their fields.
  • INQUA is committed to promoting collaborations among scientists around the world. It places special emphasis on assisting early career and developing country researchers (ECR & DCR) to become involved in international projects.
  • The Executive awards grants for running meetings to assist in planning such projects.
  • INQUA continues to encourage Quaternary associations around the world to join its more than 50 national and regional Members in an on-going bid to be all-inclusive.

The Quaternary period (0-2.6 Ma ago) is an interval with dramatic and frequent changes in global climate. Warm interglacials have alternated with cold ice ages. The study of these past climates and the associated environmental changes is a fascinating and important area of research. By studying the fossils of plants and animals, we can find out how ecosystems have changed through time. Improving our knowledge of how climate affects the growth of plants, these types of records can then be used to reconstruct past climates. Past climate changes can also be reconstructed using chemical and isotopic measurements on cave stalagmites, corals or ice cores sampled from large polar ice sheets. Using these methods, Quaternary scientists have built up an increasingly detailed picture of the past, and an understanding of how the climate system – which includes the atmosphere, oceans, ice sheets and land surface – changes in response to differences in the incoming solar radiation or atmospheric composition. These changes can be accelerated by extreme natural events (droughts, earthquakes, tsunamis or volcanic eruptions). We have also built up a picture of how humans and the biosphere have responded to and, in turn, affected climate. But an understanding of past climate changes is more than an academic exercise: it has practical importance to our lives today and in the future. Significant and potentially rapid environmental changes could pose major challenges for human habitability. Records of the past tell us what the climate system can do. Past climate states are not necessarily analogous to what is expected to happen in the future, but they do show how fast the environment can change, how big the changes can be, and what the consequences of changes in one part of the world are for other regions.


IUBMB seeks to advance the international molecular life sciences community by: Promoting interactions across the diversity of endeavors in the molecular life sciences,  creating networks that transcend barriers of ethnicity, culture, gender and economic status, creating pathways for young scientists to fulfil their potential, providing evidence-based advice on public policy,  promoting the values, standards and ethics of science and the free and unhampered movement of scientists of all nations.

IUBMB provides financial support for international symposia   workshops on  education. It  also funds short-term fellowships for younger biochemists and molecular biologists   and provides Travel Fellowships for young scientists to attend its Congresses.

Reaching individual biochemists is also   another very important function of the IUBMB. This is achieved  by publishing news, reviews, information, original research and nomenclature with the journals Trends in Biochemical Sciences (TiBS), Biotechnology and Applied Biochemistry,    IUBMB Life,  Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education,  BioFactors and   Molecular Aspects of Medicine

The IUBMB has competence in all the aspects of biochemistry, molecular biology and Biotechnology.  The members of this Union are 70 organizations representing 70 countries in the world. The expertise of the Union can be utilised for the following activities in the broad field of biochemistry and molecular biology:

  • Organizations of symposia, workshops and other scientific meetings
  • Organization of education of activities
  • Benefit from fellowships for young and midcareer scientist.
  • Creating centres of biochemistry and molecular biology
  • Networking  among the existing institutions and countries



The International Union of Biological Sciences (IUBS) is a non-governmental, non-profit organization, established in 1919. The membership of the IUBS presently consists of 30 National Members and 80 Scientific Members. National Members’ adhering organization can be Scientific Academies, Research Councils or any other appropriate institutions representing a country, territory or geographic region. Our Scientific Members are international societies, associations or body representing a biological discipline.

The National Members elect the IUBS Executive Committee that will govern the Union for 3 years. The candidates are nominated by IUBS National and Scientific Members. The IUBS programmes and actions are discussed during the general assembly and are implemented by the Executive Committee elected for the next triennium. The Executive Committee is currently composed of 12 people: a president (Stenseth), 2 vice-presidents (Dgebuadze, Zhang), a secretary general (Takeda), a treasurer (Merino) and 7 EC members (Jahn, Kevan, Lenard, Patterson, Rodriguez, Shashidhara and Wu).

The IUBS objectives are: to promote the study of biological sciences, to initiate, facilitate and coordinate research and other scientific activities necessitating international, interdisciplinary cooperation, to ensure the discussion and dissemination of the results of cooperative research, particularly in connection with IUBS scientific programmes.

IUBS General Assembly adopts priority areas for the implementation of scientific programmes based upon the recommendations of the "Scientific Programme Committee". At the last General Assembly in 2012, the following programmes have been approve: Biological Consequences of Climate Change (BCGC), integrated Climate Change Biology (iCCB), Bionomenclature, Biological Education (BioEd), Disaster and Biodiversity and a case study of coffee (Application of managed pollinators to Crop Protection and Production).

IUBS finances Young scientists grant to support the participation of students and post-docs in the activities of IUBS or conferences in relation with IUBS interests. An active contribution (oral/poster) is required.

IUBS supports the organization of international Conferences and Workshops prepared by our Members.

IUBS sponsors meetings and congresses organized by IUBS Scientific Members through the allocation of refundable interest-free loans.

IUBS promotes the publication of reports and scientific results of IUBS programmes and research projects.

IUBS publishes on line a periodical Biology International.


The IUCr was established in 1948 with the aim to promote the international cooperation in crystallography, and to contribute to the development of all aspects of crystallography, to promote international publication of crystallographic research, to facilitate standardization of methods, units, nomenclatures and symbols, and to form a focus for the relations of crystallography to other sciences.

The IUCr fulfills these objectives by publishing in print and electronically primary scientific journals. Presently the IUCr publishes 9 crystallographic journals: Acta Crystallographic A, B, C, D, E, and F; Journal of Applied Crystallography, Journal of Synchrotron Radiation and from 2014 the open access journal IUCrJ. In addition the IUCr publishes a series of reference volumes International Tables for Crystallography covering all aspects of crystallography. A quarterly IUCr Newsletter is distributed on-line. The publication activities make it possible to support the young scientists attendance in the international conferences, among them the triennial the IUCr Congress and General Assembly.

The birth of modern crystallography took place about 100 years ago when it was the discovered that the X-ray scattered by crystals can be used to deduce the positions of atoms in a crystal. No other experimental method provides the structural information at the same atomic resolution. Crystallography is to provide information on structure, and since structure is intimately linked to the properties and function of materials and molecules of all dimensions, one can find the impact of crystallography everywhere in our daily world. Modern drug development, nano- and biotechnology are all based on crystallographic results and crystallographic experiments underline all the development of new materials from tooth paste to airplane components. Crystallography is also the basis for most of the experiments that are carried out at large research facilities that generate X-rays (synchrotrons) and neutrons, and the use of the powerful sources of radiation has been essential for the recent scientific achievements in crystallographic research. Crystallography forms the important link between diverse research areas ranging from fundamental physics to biology, and shows a good gender balance. The significance of scientific achievement of crystallography is illustrated by more than 25 Nobel prizes based on crystallographic research.


The International Union of Food Science and Technology (IUFoST), a country-membership organisation is the global voice of food science and technology. It is a voluntary, non-profit federation of national food science organizations linking the world's food scientists and technologists.IUFoST promotes the advancement of global food science and technology through its education programmes, workshops, regional symposia and through IAFoST, the International Academy of Food Science and Technology.IUFoST fosters the worldwide exchange of scientific knowledge and ideas through the biennial World Congress, IAFoST, three scientific journals, an on-line journal and regular Scientific Information Bulletins. IUFoST aims to strengthen food science and technology's role in helping secure the world's food supply and eliminate world hunger by delivering programs such as distance education, workshops and integrated food systems targeted to these needs.

IUFoST connects more than 300,000 food professionals across industry, education, research and government from 70 countries. It is an unparalled networking with scientific expertise at the global level in every aspect about food including:  promotion of the safety and quality of all foods; Reduction of physical and nutritional losses in the food value chain; Adaptation and improvement of traditional foods and processes, while respecting the traditional, ethical, cultural and religious aspects involved;- Beneficial application of science and technology Development and dissemination of improved knowledge of food composition; Facilitation of domestic and international food trade; Development of food materials with improved functionality; More efficient and environmentally sustainable food production, processing and packaging; Education in nutrition, food science and technology at all levelsd international food trade; Development of food materials with improved functionality; More efficient and environmentally sustainable food production, processing and packaging; Education in nutrition, food science and technology at all levels.


The mission of the International Union for Pure & Applied Biophysics is to actively promote the field of biophysics. It does so through its Education Task force, which is primarily aimed at reaching young (e.g. PhD students) biophysicists. IUPAB also has a special interest in fostering the development of biophysics in Africa. IUPAB initially achieved an improved level the interaction between Africa and Latin America. This goal depended on a grant from ICSU that was significantly supplemented by IUPAB funds. Together we enabled a group of 10 students (males and females) from five countries in Africa to a conference in Brazil followed by a hands on in Brazil. We followed up this initiative by appointing Professor Claudio Soares (Portugal) has taken responsibility for implementing the integration of biophysics into Africa. This is relevant because Portugal still has ties to several countries in the African continent.

The IUPAB is a body that was formed to fill a gap left by other bio-unions, namely the use of physical methods to investigate biological problems. In practice, biophysics focuses on physical methods (such as fluorescence spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction and electron paramagnetic resonance spectroscopy) but also on the fields of research such as muscle contraction, membrane biophysics as well as areas of medical biophysics. It is therefore distinguishable from other International Unions, particularly physics (IUPS) and biochemistry and molecular biology (IUBMB).


The International Union for Physiological and Engineering Sciences in Medicine (IUPESM) represents the combined efforts of more than 40,000 medical physicists and medical and biological engineers working on the physical and engineering science of medicine. The principal objective of the IUPESM is to contribute to the advancement of physical and engineering sciences in medicine for the benefit and well-being of humanity.

The IUPESM is composed of the Union of the International Federation for Medical and Biological Engineering (IFMBE) and the International Organization for Medical Physics (IOMP). Our expertise includes Biomedical Engineering, Bioengineering, Biological Engineering, Clinical Engineering, Medical Engineering and Medical Physics. The IUPESM has set up a Health Technology Task Group (HTTG) which is intended to assist countries in defining their health technology needs, and identifying and rectifying health system constraints for adequate management and utilization of health technology, particularly through training, capacity building and the development and application of appropriate technology.

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