Representatives of national scientific organizations from all IASC member countries form the IASC Council that meets once a year during the Arctic Science Summit Week.
The Council is the policy and decision-making body for IASC. The members ensure an input of a wide range of scientific and technical knowledge and provide access to a large number of scientists and administrators through their national committees.
IASC Council Members
Austrian Polar Research Institute (APRI)
Belgian National Committee on Antarctic Research (BNCAR)
Polar Knowledge Canada
Chinese Arctic and Antarctic Administration (CIAO)
Centre for Polar Ecology
Agency for Science, Technology, and Innovation
Lise Lotte Sørensen
Council of Finnish Academies
National Center for Scientific Research - CNRS
German Research Foundation
RANNÍS, The Icelandic Centre for Research
Egill Þór Níelsson
National Centre for Polar and Ocean Research (NCPOR)
National Resarch Council of Italy
Science Council of Japan, National Institute of Polar Research (NIPR)
Republic of Korea
Korea Polar Research Institute (KOPRI)
Dutch Research Council
Research Council of Norway
Polish Academy of Sciences, Committee on Polar Research
Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology
Russian Academy of Sciences
Vladimir I Pavlenko
Spanish Polar Committee
Swedish Research Council
Swiss Committee on Polar Research
Natural Environment Resarch Council
Polar Research Board
IASC is governed by a Council, composed of one representative of each of its member countries, which meets annually at the Arctic Science Summit Week. The Council sets priorities and guides the work of the organisation. An Executive Committee, consisting of an elected President, four elected Vice-Presidents and a permanent Executive Secretary operates as a Board of Directors and manages IASC activities between Council meetings. The Secretariat is currently hosted by Rannis (Iceland), and is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the organisation. The Secretariat was previously hosted by Germany, Norway and Sweden.
IASC is engaged in all fields of Arctic research and its main scientific working bodies are five Working Groups: Atmosphere, Cryosphere, Marine, Social & Human and Terrestrial. Each Working Group is composed of up to two scientists from each IASC member country, appointed by the national adhering bodies. Though the Working Groups are disciplinary, they also address cross-cutting science questions by initiating activities which involve at least two WGs.
Action Groups are short-term expert groups that provide strategic advice to the IASC Council concerning both long-term activities and urgent needs.
IASC's instruments to support science development include workshops, long-term programs, assessments and science planning activities.