International Arctic Science Committee

Borgir, Norðurslóð, 600 Akureyri, Iceland

Established: 1990

Organisation type: Non-governmental organisation
Geographical scope: Regional
Member countries: Austria, Canada, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, India, Italy, Japan, Korea, Republic Of, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russian Federation, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, United States
Participating countries:
Funding source Percentage

Organisation’s vision:

Organisation’s mission:

To encourage and facilitate cooperation in all aspects of Arctic research, in all countries engaged in Arctic research and in all areas of the Arctic region.

Organisation’s objectives (if different from the Mission):

- Initiate, coordinate and promote scientific activities at a circumarctic or international level;
- Provide mechanisms and instruments to support science development;
- Provide objective and independent scientific advice on issues of science in the Arctic and communicates scientific information to the public;
- Seek to ensure that scientific data and information from the Arctic are safeguarded, freely exchangeable and accessible;
- Promote international access to all geographic areas and the sharing of knowledge, logistics and other resources;
- Provide for the freedom and ethical conduct of science;
- Promote and involves the next generation of scientists working in the Arctic; and
- Promote polar cooperation through interaction with relevant science organizations.


  • Arctic
  • Interdisciplinary
  • Networking
  • Science Coordination
  • Science Facilitation


  • Defining strategies/road maps/priorities for Earth (ocean) observing/science
  • Providing scientific advice for policy makers
  • Science coordination