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In the area of international scientific co-operation, the Global Science Forum (GSF) provides a venue for consultations among senior science policy officials of OECD member countries. It produces findings and action recommendations on high-priority science policy issues requiring international consultations/co-operation, and identifies opportunities for collaboration on major scientific undertakings.

Specifically, the GSF serves its members in the formulation and implementation of their science policies by: 1) exploring opportunities for new or enhanced international co-operation in selected scientific areas; 2) defining international frameworks for vital national or regional science policy decisions; and 3) addressing the scientific dimensions of issues of global concern.

The GSF's principal customers are the government science policy officials who bring issues to the GSF for analysis, deliberation and resolution in an intergovernmental setting. Before any activity is undertaken, criteria such as specificity, relevance, workload, commitment and inclusiveness are carefully considered by the member countries.

As of April 2014, the GSF is engaged in the following activities:

  • The ongoing activity on Astroparticle Physics International Forum (APIF).
  • Activity on Scientific advice for policymaking, and the consequences on the role and responsibility of scientists.
  • Activity on the creation of a Collaborative research network on temperate agriculture.
  • A new activity on Research ethics and new forms of data for social and economic research
  • A new scoping exercise regarding upcoming priorities for research infrastructures 

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Latest news

Research Co-operation between Developed and Developing Countries in the Area of Climate Change Adaptation and Biodiversity
3 July 2014
Global challenges, such as climate change and biodiversity loss, have increasingly become the subject of international policy deliberations. It is widely recognised that strong and effective international co-operation is required to address these issues. Co-operation in science and technology between developed and developing countries is considered to be of particular importance.

The Impacts of Large Research Infrastructures on Economic Innovation and on Society: Case Studies at CERN
10 June 2014
This report examines some of the economic and societal impacts of one of the largest global international research facilities: the European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN). By focusing on selected case studies, the report aims to shed light on generic questions that could be applicable more broadly to international research infrastructures.


International Distributed Research Infrastructures
7 February 2014
This report presents findings and analyses regarding formal status, governance, establishment, funding, access and other issues. It is the result of a survey of existing infrastructures, followed by discussions among infrastructure practitioners: researchers, facility administrators, officials of ministries and funding agencies.

Launch of Scientific Collections International
16 April 2013
The 28th meeting of the Global Science Forum saw the official launch of Scientific Collections International (SciColl), a new international network devoted to promoting interdisciplinary research that relies on scientific collections. SciColl founding members signed a memorandum of understanding to signify their commitment to international co-ordination and collaboration among scientific collections. Scientific collections constitute the fundamental research infrastructure in many disciplines, including anthropology, archaeology, biodiversity, biomedicine, earth and planetary sciences and technology.

New Data for Understanding the Human Condition: International Perspectives
15 March 2013
Global Science Forum report on data and research infrastructure for the social sciences.


OECD Recommendation on the Governance of Clinical Trials
25 February 2013
The OECD has issued a Recommendation to its members on the Governance of Clinical Trials, a major initiative for facilitating medical research and improving public health. This Recommendation is the result of extensive work of the OECD Global Science Forum on the hurdles encountered by the clinical research community in setting up international clinical trials.