SCOSTEP organizes and conducts international solar-terrestrial programs (STP) programs of finite duration in cooperation with other International Science Council (ISC) bodies. Results from these programs are shared with the community of SCOSTEP scientists by joining in conducting meetings, conferences, and workshops and by publishing newsletters, handbooks and special journal issues.
SCOSTEP seeks opportunities for interaction with national and international programs involving Solar-Terrestrial Physics elements. It provides guidance to the STP discipline centers of ISC’s World Data Center system. It attempts to develop and sustain student interest in Sun-Earth connections, to promote efficient exchange of data and information between solar and terrestrial scientists in all countries, and to seek projects and programs that cross over traditional boundaries of physical regions and focused scientific disciplines.
The governing document for SCOSTEP is the SCOSTEP Constitution. The original Constitution was ratified by ICSU Executive Board and General Committee in 1973. Since then, it has undergone several revisions and updates. The most recent version is available here.
As directed by the Constitution, the governing body of SCOSTEP is the SCOSTEP Bureau. The Bureau is comprised of SCOSTEP’s President, the Vice President, the Representatives of the ISC Participating Bodies, and the Scientific Secretary (ex. officio). The Bureau directs scientific, administrative and financial activities. They select the Scientific Secretary who administers the Secretariat, organizes meetings, and conducts the financial business of SCOSTEP under the direction of the Executive Officers and Bureau. The Bureau usually meets annually. If necessary, additional meetings may be convened by the President.
The SCOSTEP General Council is comprised of Adherent Representatives and is chaired by the President. The Council reviews the scientific, financial, and administrative activities of SCOSTEP and, if necessary, refers matters to the Bureau for further consideration.
An international group of Scientific Discipline Representative provides advice to SCOSTEP about scientific programs and serves as links between national and regional activities in their fields and SCOSTEP international scientific programs. They lead within SCOSTEP and through other ISC bodies to propose new programs and participate in the Steering Committees and projects of ongoing programs.
Representatives of Participating Bodies
Participating ISC Bodies
International Science Council (ISC): President: Daya Reddy; President Elect: Peter Gluckman; Past President: Gordon McBean; Vice Presidents: Elisa Reis and Jinghai Li; Secretary: Alik Ismail-Zadeh, https://council.science
International Association of Geomagnetism and Aeronomy (IAGA): President: Mioara Mandea; Vice-Presidents: Alan Thomson and Andrew Yau; Secretary General: Monika Korte, http://www.iugg.org/IAGA/
International Association of Meteorology and Atmospheric Sciences (IAMAS): President: Joyce Penner; Vice-Presidents: John Burrows and Mary Scholes; Secretary General: Steven Ackerman, http://www.iamas.org/
International Astronomical Union (IAU): President: Ewine F. van Dishoeck; President-Elect: Debra M. Elmegreen; Vice Presidents: Laura Ferrarese, John B. Hearnshaw, Ajit K. Kembhavi, Daneila Lazzaro, Boris M. Shustov and Junichi Watanabe; General Secretary: Maria Teresa V. T. Lago, https://www.iau.org/
International Union of Pure and Applied Physics (IUPAP): President: Michael Spiro; Past President: Bruce Kellar; Secretary General: Kok Khoo Phua; Secretariat: Maitri Bobba and Sun Han, http://www.iupap.org/
International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics (IUGG): President: Kathryn Whaler; President-Elect: Chris Rizos; Secretary General: Alexander Rudloff; Secretariat: Franz G. Kuglitsch, http://www.iugg.org/
Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR): President: Steven Chown; Vice Presidents: Jefferson Cardia Simões, Catherine Ritz, Gary Wilson, and M. Ravichandran; Executive Director: Chandrika Nath, http://www.scar.org
Latin-American Association of Space Geophysics (ALAGE): President: Juan Valdivia; Vice President: Clezio De Nardin; Secretaries: Maria Graciela Molina and Americo Gonzalez Esparza, http://www.alage.org