We participate in a number of key multilateral science organisations including the Global Research Alliance, IIASA and the Belmont Forum.
We are connected to many international bodies, either on our own account or as Australia's representative. Through these international bodies, our researchers participate in international working groups, conferences and collaborative projects.
The organisations with which we participate are too numerous to provide an exhaustive list, but some examples are below.
Global Research Alliance
We are a founding member of the Global Research Alliance (GRA), an international network of nine applied research organisations. The GRA is a valuable community of practice for benchmarking and information sharing amongst its members and promotes the application of science and technology to solve large scale issues facing developing countries.
International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis
The International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) conducts policy-oriented research into problems of a global nature that are too large or too complex to be solved by a single country or academic discipline. Australia joined IIASA in 2012, and CSIRO has been nominated as the Australian National Member Organisation.
The Belmont Forum
The Belmont Forum is a group of high-level representatives from agencies and organisations that have a major portion of their responsibilities directed to funding global environmental change research. The Belmont Forum aims to work proactively and on an action-oriented basis to enhance cooperation and coordination of global environmental change research.
In October of 2009 the Belmont Forum became the Council of Principals (CoP) for the International Group of Funding Agencies for Global Change Research (IGFA), replacing the group formerly known as the Steering Committee. With that new role, the Belmont Forum/IGFA CoP became the high-level decision making body for IGFA.
CSIRO is the Australian representative organisation on the Belmont Forum.
We contribute to the activities of international organisations such as the World Bank, Asian Development Bank and the United Nations through participation in projects, provision of expert advice and other support measures.
We are also involved in various ways with the following international organisations (this list is not exhaustive):
- Commission for the Conservation of Southern Bluefin Tuna
- Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD)
- Indian Ocean Global Observing System (IO-GOOS)
- Indian Ocean Observing System (INDOOS)
- Indian Ocean Tuna Commission
- Integrated Marine Biogeochemistry and Ecosystem Research (IMBER)
- Integrated Ocean Drilling Program (IODP)
- Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
- International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT)
- International Wheat Yields Consortium
- World Climate Research Program.