NRC's membership in international scientific unions

NRC, on behalf of the Canadian scientific and engineering community, is an active participant on the world stage, playing a key role in a number of international S&T networks of strategic importance for Canada.

Since 1931, NRC has been an adhering member to the International Council for Science (ICSU) . The ICSU mission is to strengthen international science for the benefit of society. The organization fullfills this mission by promoting international scientific activity in the different branches of science, ranging from chemistry to anthropology.

In addition, NRC adheres to 30 other international scientific organizations, most of which fall under the ICSU umbrella. NRC has signed partnership agreements with the appropriate Canadian learned societies and/or agencies in support of Canada's affiliations to these international scientific organizations.

NRC receives advice on international matters from its Committee on International Science, Engineering and Technology (CISET).

International Scientific Unions to which NRC Adheres

International Scientific Organizations Canadian Learned Societies/Agencies
Committee on Data for Science and Technology (CODATA) NRC
Committee on Space Research (COSPAR) Canadian Space Agency
International Association for the Properties of Water & Steam (IAPWS) CANDU Owners Group
International Astronomical Union (IAU) Canadian Astronomical Society
International Commission on Illumination (ICI) NRC
International Council for Science (ICSU) International Council for Science (ICSU)
International Geographical Union (IGU) Canadian Association of Geographers
International Mathematical Union (IMU) Canadian Mathematical Society
International Union for Quaternary Research (INQUA) Canadian Quaternary Association
International Permafrost Association(IPA) Geological Survey of Canada, Natural Resources Canada
International Society for Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (ISSMGE) Canadian Geotechnical Society
International Union of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (IUBMB) Canadian Society of Biochemistry and Molecular and Cellular Biology
International Union of Crystallography (IUC) NRC
International Union of Geodesy & Geophysics (IUGG)
Canadian Geophysical Union
International Union for History and Philosophy of Science (IUHPS/DLMPS) Canadian Society of History and Philosophy of Science
International Union of Nutritional Sciences (IUNS) Canadian Society for Nutritional Sciences
International Union of Pure and Applied Biophysics (IUPAB) Biophysical Society of Canada
International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) NRC
International Union of Pure and Applied Physics (IUPAP) NRC
International Union of Pharmacology (IUPHAR) Pharmacological Society of Canada
International Union of Physiological Sciences (IUPS) Canadian Physiological Society
International Union of Psychological Science (IUPsyS) Canadian Psychological Association
International Union of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics (IUTAM) Canadian Society for Mechanical Engineering
Scientific Committee on Oceanic Research (SCOR) Fisheries and Oceans Canada
Scientific Committee on Solar-Terrestrial Physics (SCOSTEP) Canadian Space Agency
International Union of Radio Science (URSI) NRC
World Climate Research Programme (WCRP) Canadian Foundation for Climate and Atmospheric Sciences (CFCAS)