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)