Recognizing the need to fully represent its broad and diverse membership, ICSU relies heavily on individuals from around the globe who volunteer their time to serve on various Policy, Advisory and Ad hoc Committees. Its Policy Committees are established by the GA to assist the EB in fulfilling the governance objectives of ICSU.
Committee on Scientific Planning and Review (CSPR)
The Committee on Scientific Planning and Review (CSPR) was established in 1998, to coordinate the development of proposals for major new scientific initiatives by ICSU and to advise the Executive Board (EB) on priorities for such initiatives. The Committee also reviews the activities carried out by ICSU’s Interdisciplinary Bodies, advises the EB on the future course of these activities, and oversees the ICSU Grants Programme. The CSPR is chaired by ICSU’s Vice-President for Scientific Planning and Review.
Committee on Freedom and Responsibility in the conduct of Science (CFRS)
The Committee on Freedom and Responsibility in the conduct of Science (CFRS) serves as the guardian of the ICSU Principle of Universality of Science, which is enshrined in Statute 5 and adherence to which is a condition for ICSU Membership.
Committee on Finance (CF)
The Committee on Finance (CF) oversees ICSU’s financial matters. The ICSU Treasurer serves as an ex officio non-voting member.
For the Terms of Reference of the committee, see Rule Procedure 11.1.b in ICSU Statutes and Rules of Procedure.