ICSU meeting, participants sitting in round tables

Cooperation with international science organisations is a central priority for the Council. By representing Finland in international organisations, the Council serves to connect and act as a broker between the national and international science community.

International science organisations offer a platform for wide-based dialogues on academia and science & policy interfaces. Memberships provide many avenues for science advocacy and promote the views and recommendations of the science community in national and international policy-making.


ALLEA (ALL European Academies) is the federation of European academies. ALLEA promotes information exchange between European academies and actively takes part in European science policy discourses.

ALLEA’s policy work seeks to contribute to improving the framework of conditions under which science can excel. Jointly with its Member Academies, ALLEA is in a position to address the full range of structural and policy issues facing Europe in science, research and innovation. ALLEA follows EU science policy developments closely, but also offers a platform for a wider European dialogue.


CAETS (The International Council of Academies of Engineering and Technical Sciences) is an independent nonpolitical, non-governmental international organization of academies of engineering and technological sciences.

CAETS advises governments and international organizations on technical and policy issues and contributes to the strengthening of engineering and technological activities to promote sustainable economic growth and social welfare.


European Academies Science Advisory Council (EASAC) is a cooperative organization for the national academies of the European Union. EASAC produces evidence-based reports and recommendations for EU decision-making and promotes science-policy dialogues. EASAC focuses on three areas: energy, biosciences, and environmental sciences.

The Council of Finnish Academies communicates EASAC reports to Finnish decision-makers in the national parliament and the European Parliament.


The European Council of Academies of Applied Sciences, Technologies and Engineering (Euro-CASE) is a cooperative forum for European academies of engineering sciences. Euro-CASE promotes dialogue between European institutions, industry and scholars.


ISC (International Science Council) is an autonomous organization of national science organisations and international science unions. ISC offers its members a forum for science policy dialogues as well as plans and coordinates wide interdisciplinary science programs.

The Council of Finnish Academies is the national member organisation for ISC and coordinates Finnish relations to ISC. The National Committees, nominated and supported by the Council, are disciplinary focal points and maintain close contacts to scientific unions.

CODATA is a multidisciplinary ISC data committee (in the fields of data quality, reliability, accessibility, governance). The Council of Finnish Academies hosts a national committee on data issues, which brings together Finnish actors and connect them to international data organisations.


InterAcademy Partnership is an umbrella organization for three global science academy networks (IAP for Policy, IAP for Science, IAP for Health).

IAP for Science

Since 1993, IAP for Science, previously known up to now as the InterAcademy Panel, has harnessed the power found in the world’s scientific community to address global challenges and create contribute to a more successful world. IAP Science brings together 107 member academies to advise the global public and decision-makers on the scientific aspects of critical global issues, such as poverty, sustainable development, climate change, biotechnology and global health. It also works to improve science education and scientific literacy in member countries across the globe.

IAP for Policy

Since 2000, the InterAcademy Partnership for Policy, known until 2016 as the InterAcademy Council, has mobilized the best scientists and engineers worldwide to provide high quality, in-depth advice to international organizations and national governments on critical scientific issues. Previous reports have focused on building scientific and technological capacity worldwide; achieving a sustainable energy future; enhancing African agriculture; a review of the processes of the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC); scientific responsibility in global research; and, most recently, the science community’s role in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

IAP for Health

IAP for Health is a network of the world’s medical academies and medical sections of academies of science and engineering. Founded in 2000 as the InterAcademy Medical Panel (IAMP), it is committed to improving health world-wide. The goals of IAP for Health are to: strengthen the capacity of academies to provide evidence based advice to governments on health and science policy; to support the creation of new academies; to support the creation of projects by member academies to strengthen research and higher education in their countries; and to issue consensus statements on matters of importance to global health.

Read more on the role of InterAcademy Partnership and science academies in scientific advisory activities and science diplomacy from this link.


UAI (Union Académique Internationale) is a global organization which supports inter-academy research and publication activities in the Human Sciences. UAI coordinates and funds long-term international projects, such as corpus, dictionary, and encyclopedia projects. UAI, founded in 1919, is one of the first international academy organisations.


The Council of Finnish Academies works closely with Unesco, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. The Council acts as the Secretariat for the National Coordination Group of Unesco Science Programs and through these activities aims to promote the impact of science and research in Unesco.

The Council is also the national focal point for IBSP (Unesco’s International Basic Sciences Programme) and MOST (Unesco’s Management of Social Transformations Programme).

The Secretary General of the Council, Dr. Päivi Tikka, is a member of the Finnish National Commision for Unesco for the term 2015-2018.


The International Human Rights Network of Academies and Scholarly Societies is a cooperative network that advocates for the human rights of scholars and researchers and promotes awareness of human rights issues within the science community.

The Human Rights Committee nominated by the Council of Finnish Academies maintains contacts with the network and actively writes letters of appeal in support of scholars facing human rights violations.

Organisational chart of the Council of Finnish Academies. The Board consists of one member from each Academy (total 4). The Board nominates the Committee on International Relations and Committee on Human Rights. Our most important international partneship organizations are All European Academies (ALLEA), European Academies' Science Advisory Council (EASAC), European Council of Applied Sciences Technologies and Engineering (Euro-CASE), The InterAcademy Partnership (IAP), Union Académique Internationale (UAI), International Human Rights Netwok, International Council of Academies of Engineering and Technological Sciences (CAETS), UNESCO, and International Science Council (ISC).