Scientific Committee on Problems of the Environment


Scientific Committee on Problems of the Environment
Formation1969; 53 years ago (1969)
Region served
Official language
Jon Samseth
Parent organization
International Council for Science (ICSU)

The Scientific Committee on Problems of the Environment (SCOPE) was established by the 10th meeting of the Executive Committee of the International Council for Science (ICSU) in 1969.[1] SCOPE's members include 38 national science academies and research councils, and 22 international scientific unions.[2] The current president is Jon Samseth (Norway). The secretariat is located in the Netherlands.

SCOPE exists primarily to develop scientific reviews of key environmental issues around the themes of managing societal and natural resources, ecosystem processes, and biodiversity, health and environment.[3]

In 2012, SCOPE and Elsevier established a quarterly peer-reviewed academic journal, Environmental Development.[4]

In 2019 SCOPE became an affiliated member of the International Science Council.

SCOPE-Zhongyu Environmental Awards

The SCOPE-Zhongyu Environmental Awards were introduced in 2010. They include three categories of annual Young Scientist awards (environmental sciences, environmental technologies, and environmental management). Every second year the Lifetime Achievements Award is given to two scientists with major contribution to the environmental sciences.

SCOPE-Zhongyu Environmental Forum

The SCOPE-Zhongyu Environmental Forum is an annual event first organised in Yixing in 2011. It addresses current environmental issues, trying to bring scientists from different fields together with policy makers.

United Nations

SCOPE has through the years developed a close collaboration with United Nations organizations, in particular UNESCO and UNEP. SCOPE is a major contributor to UNEP's yearbooks[5] and publishes a policy brief series together with UNESCO and UNEP.[6]


The following persons have been president of SCOPE:

  • 2009-2014 Lu Yonglong (China)
  • 2005-2009 Osvaldo E. Sala (United States)
  • 1998-2005 J.M. Melillo (United States)
  • 1995-1998 Ph. Bourdeau (Belgium)
  • 1992-1995 J.W.B. Stewart (Canada)
  • 1988-1992 F. di Castri (†) (France)
  • 1985-1988 J.W.M. la Rivière (Netherlands)
  • 1982-1985 R.O. Slatyer (Australia)
  • 1976-1982 G.F. White (†) (USA)
  • 1973-1976 V.A. Kovda (†) (USSR)
  • 1969-1973 J.E. Smith (†), FRS (United Kingdom)


  1. ^ "History". SCOPE. Retrieved 2014-03-16.
  2. ^ "SCOPE Members". SCOPE. Retrieved 2008-07-23.
  3. ^ "Mission". SCOPE. Retrieved 2016-10-09.
  4. ^ "Environmental Development". Elsevier. Retrieved 2016-10-09.
  5. ^ "About UNEP Year Book Report". UNEP. Retrieved 2016-10-09.
  6. ^ "UNESCO-SCOPE Policy Briefs Series". Scope. Retrieved 2016-10-09.

External links

  • Official website