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ISC Membership

IMU is a member of the International Science Council (ISC), which was created in 2018 as the result of a merger between the International Council for Science (ICSU) and the International Social Science Council (ISSC). IMU has endorsed repeatedly ICSU's Principle of Freedom, Responsibility and Universality of Science.

The International Science Council (ISC) is a non-governmental organization with a unique global membership that brings together 40 international scientific Unions and Associations and over 140 national and regional scientific organizations including Academies and Research Councils.

Freedom, Responsibility and Universality of Science

„By advocating the Principle of Universality of Science, ICSU’s goal is to help build a truly international science community. Because science is inherently a global enterprise, full participation in it requires free exchange and communication among all scientists, engagement in scientific discourse without repercussions, or fear thereof, as well as equitable and non-discriminatory access to the tools of science.“

Quoted from the ISC webpage, see

ISC on Freedoms & Responsibilities of Scientists

The International Science Council promotes the idea that science is a common human endeavour that transcends national boundaries and is to be shared by all people. Scientific progress results from global exchange of ideas, data, materials and understanding of the work of others.

On that basis, the Council focuses on three overlapping aspects: freedom and responsibility in science; access to scientific data and information; and, strengthening science in developing countries. The guardian of this work is the ISC advisory Committee on Freedom and Responsibility in Science (CFRS).