IASC Member Countries
IASC Member Countries

IASC Founding Articles

About IASC


The International Arctic Science Committee (IASC) is a non-governmental, international scientific organization. The Founding Articles committed IASC to pursue a mission of encouraging and facilitating cooperation in all aspects of Arctic research, in all countries engaged in Arctic research and in all areas of the Arctic region. Overall, IASC promotes and supports leading-edge interdisciplinary research in order to foster a greater scientific understanding of the Arctic region and its role in the Earth system.

Rather than defining human and environmental boundaries, IASC tries to bridge those boundaries. IASC is also committed to recognizing that Traditional Knowledge, Indigenous Knowledge, and “Western” scientific knowledge are coequal and complementary knowledge systems, all of which can and should inform the work of IASC.


To achieve this mission IASC:

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


How to get your science project on IASC´s agenda?

IASC is not a funding agency and does not have a mechanism to accept external funding proposals. However, you can always bring your suggestion for a scientific activity to the attention of the relevant IASC Working Group. Each IASC member country appoints up to two members for each of the five Working Groups and the best approach would be to contact one of your national delegates (see the member section under each Working Group). Alternatively, you can also contact the IASC Secretariat directly.