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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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