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The Board on International Scientific Organizations (BISO) strengthens U.S. participation in international scientific cooperation through overseeing a network of U.S. national committees (USNCs) and working with a variety of projects connected to the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), the International Council for Science (ICSU), and ICSU-related unions. More details can be found in the BISO Background Section.  


Soils: The Foundation of Life Workshop Presentations and Videos Now Available
Nearly 100 in-person guests and 75 virtual guests attended the December 5 soil science workshop, Soils: The Foundation of Life, held in the National Academies Keck Center. All presentations and videos from the workshop are now available for viewing on the workshop subpage.

2017 congress logoIUPAC Young Observer application now online
The application for the USNC/IUPAC Young Observer program for the IUPAC General Assembly, São Paulo, Brazil, July 2017, is now available. For more details and to apply, please see the 2017 YO program page. In collaboration with the American Chemical Society, the USNC/IUPAC held an information webinar on December 7, 2016. The recorded webinar and the slides may be found at 

The BISO Board video is here!
Click on the video below to hear BISO board members Michael Clegg, Melody Brown Burkins, and Wing Kam Liu discuss BISO's involvement with the international scientific unions and their U.S. committees.

Understanding the U.S. Role in ICSU and the International Scientific Unions from The Academies on Vimeo.


U.S.--Finland Workshop on Mathematics Education Held Summer 2016 in Helsinki
Workshop on Supporting Mathematics Teachers and Teaching in the United States and Finland, a bilateral meeting of U.S. and Finnish mathematics educators, was held July 31--August 2 at the University of Helsinki in Helsinki, Finland. Approximately 15 American professionals and 15 Finnish professionals attended in person, while several online participants engaged remotely via the webcast.  View, download presentations, and more...

Isotopes MatterIsotopes Matter!!  New Interactive Periodic Table
In partnership with researchers at the King’s Centre for Visualization in Science, a team of IUPAC scientists and educators has created new IUPAC interactive electronic periodic table. The accompanying educational materials inform students and the general public about the many uses of isotopes in our lives. Following the global launch on August 17, 2016, the new IUPAC interactive electronic periodic table and accompanying resources can be accessed at A print version of the periodic table of the isotopes and elements is available at Further details will be published in the peer-reviewed IUPAC Journal, Pure and Applied Chemistry.

IUPAC Announces the Names of the Elements 113, 115, 117, and 118
On 28 November 2016, the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) approved the name and symbols for four elements: nihonium (Nh), moscovium (Mc), tennessine (Ts), and oganesson (Og), respectively for element 113, 115, 117, and 118.

For more information, see

Explore the New BISO Infographic
After much planning and designing, BISO is proud to unveil a colorful new infographic that illustrates how our board functions. The infographic features all sixteen disciplines represented by a U.S. National Committee, an explanation of what the international scientific unions do, and a list of ways that academics, industry professionals, and policymakers can get involved. A fully interactive version of the infographic will be available soon. For now, click on the image below to view or download the PDF file. 

BISO Infographic July 2016 Edit JPG


International Scientific Organizations

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Math, Physical, & Engineering Sciences 

Social Sciences




The Board on International Scientific Organizations' official Twitter account is up and running. Follow us for the latest news on our U.S. national committees and the programs, events, and opportunities they sponsor. 

This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant Number IIA-1332689. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

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