ICSU (International Council for Science) is a non-governmental organization with a global membership of national scientific bodies (121 members) and international scientific unions (30 members). With its involvement often behind the scenes, ICSU's role is to mobilise knowledge and resources within the international scientific community to strengthen international science for the benefit of society. The latest International Polar Year (IPY) was just one of the many science initiatives that ICSU has supported.
Now that the latest IPY has come to a close ICSU, along with two of its members, IASC (International Arctic Science Committee) and SCAR (Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research), are interested in the Education, Outreach and Communication that occurred during IPY. To do this ICSU is funding APECS and its partners to conduct an inventory and assess the lessons learned from conducting such a successful, global EOC initiative.