Professor Motoko Kotani, Tohoku university Executive Vice President for Research, has been elected as President-Elect at the 2nd ISC General Assembly on October 14, 2021, assuming the Presidency at the next General Assembly in 2024 on October 14, 2021.
Also, professor Sawako Shirahase, Tokyo university Professor of Sociology in the Graduate School of Humanities and Sociology, has been elected as Vice-President for Finance of the Council.
The ISC Board of Directors consists of 15 members who serve three-year terms. 5 of the 15 members (President, President-Elect, and 3 Vice Presidents) are core members called Officers. This is the first time that a Japanese has been elected to the ISC Board of Directors.
The International Science Council (ISC) works at the global level to catalyse and convene scientific expertise, advice and influence on issues of major concern to both science and society. The ISC is a non-governmental organization with a unique global membership that brings together over 200 international scientific Unions and Associations, as well as regional and national scientific organizations including Academies and Research Councils. The ISC was created in 2018 as the result of a merger between the International Council for Science (ICSU) and the International Social Science Council (ISSC). It is the only international non-governmental organization bringing together the natural and social sciences and the largest global science organization of its kind.