The core elements of IASC are its Working Groups (WGs). IASC WGs identify and formulate science plans, research priorities, encourage science-led programs, promote future generations of arctic scientists and act as scientific advisory boards to the Council.
IASC Action Groups (AGs) provide strategic advice to the Council and Working Groups on both long-term activities and urgent needs. They are dynamic groups that act within a limited timeframe of two years.
Advisory Groups address a more structural need on recurring or ongoing research topics. These groups work with a long-term vision and provide in-depth scientific and technical expertise in their field of specialty.