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      ICSU-ISSC merger

      At their joint meeting in Oslo in October 2016, the members of the International Council for Science (ICSU) and the International Social Science Council (ISSC) agreed in principle to pursue a merger between the two organizations.

      At the General Assembly in Oslo. Photo: ISSC

      At the Oslo meeting, it was decided to establish two working groups for the next phase of the merger process, a Transition Task Force and a Strategy Working Group. The Transition Task Force will be tasked with developing, inter alia, new statutes and rules of procedure for the merged organization. The Strategy Working Group will prepare a high-level strategy for a new, merged organization. For detailed descriptions of the two group’s tasks and their Terms of Reference, see the individual pages.

      For detailed background information on the merger process, see this Gitbook that is being updated on a regular basis.

      Timeline

      2015

      Exchange of letters between the ISSC and ICSU Presidents on the future relationship between the two Councils

      2015

      Exchange of letters between the ISSC and ICSU Presidents on the future relationship between the two Councils

      November 2015

      Agreement reached on Terms of Reference for an ICSU-ISSC Working Group to explore closer institutional alignment, and possible amalgamation, between the two Councils.

      November 2015

      Agreement reached on Terms of Reference for an ICSU-ISSC Working Group to explore closer institutional alignment, and possible amalgamation, between the two Councils.

      January 2016

      First meeting of the joint ICSU-ISSC Working Group

      January 2016

      First meeting of the joint ICSU-ISSC Working Group

      April 2016

      Executive bodies of ISSC and ICSU follow the Working Group’s recommendation for the two Councils to merge, and recommend this course to the Council’s members

      April 2016

      Executive bodies of ISSC and ICSU follow the Working Group’s recommendation for the two Councils to merge, and recommend this course to the Council’s members

      June 2016

      Joint meeting of the ISSC and ICSU Executives

      June 2016

      Joint meeting of the ISSC and ICSU Executives

      October 2016

      Joint ICSU/ISSC General Assembly decides in-principle to pursue a merger

      October 2016

      Joint ICSU/ISSC General Assembly decides in-principle to pursue a merger

      November 2016

      Call for nominations for the Strategy Working Group and the Transition Task Force

      November 2016

      Call for nominations for the Strategy Working Group and the Transition Task Force

      December 2016

      Strategy Working Group and Transition Task Force appointed by the Executives of ICSU and ISSC

      December 2016

      Strategy Working Group and Transition Task Force appointed by the Executives of ICSU and ISSC

      February 2017

      Strategy Working Group and Transition Task Force meet

      February 2017

      Strategy Working Group and Transition Task Force meet

      end February 2017

      Draft strategy submitted to Executives

      end February 2017

      Draft strategy submitted to Executives

      end March 2017

      Draft strategy submitted to ISSC and ICSU members

      end March 2017

      Draft strategy submitted to ISSC and ICSU members

      by 15 May 2017

      Members submit feedback on draft strategy

      by 15 May 2017

      Members submit feedback on draft strategy

      30-31 May 2017

      Strategy Working Group meeting

      30-31 May 2017

      Strategy Working Group meeting

      June 2017

      Final strategy submitted to Executives of ISSC and ICSU

      June 2017

      Final strategy submitted to Executives of ISSC and ICSU

      28-29 June 2017

      Joint meeting of the ICSU and ISSC Executives

      28-29 June 2017

      Joint meeting of the ICSU and ISSC Executives

      July 2017

      Final strategy and final outputs of the Transition Task Force submitted to members

      July 2017

      Final strategy and final outputs of the Transition Task Force submitted to members

      23-26 October 2017

      32nd ICSU General Assembly and extraordinary ISSC General Assembly to approve strategy and transition plans

      23-26 October 2017

      32nd ICSU General Assembly and extraordinary ISSC General Assembly to approve strategy and transition plans

      October 2018

      First General Assembly of the new organisation (TBC)

      October 2018

      First General Assembly of the new organisation (TBC)

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