As an international non-governmental organisation founded in 1969, SCOPE is recognised for authoritative, independent and influential scientific analyses and assessments of emerging environmental issues that are caused by or impact on humans and the environment. As it moves through its 4th decade, now is the time for SCOPE to build on this strong basis to renew, refocus and reinforce its energies and objectives. SCOPE's mandate focuses on sound state-of-the–art and policy-relevant environmental strategic thinking, analysis and assessments.


The membership of SCOPE between 1970 and 2009 was limited to specific organizations. Membership opened up in 2010, in order to better implement SCOPE's unique cross-sectoral, interdisciplinary, and independent approach to formulate science-based options and recommendations for assessments, identification of emerging issues and policy development.

SCOPE's broader membership base includes:

  • Governmental and inter-governmental organisations
  • Scientific and technical research and assessment bodies such as academies, science councils or associations (its historical members)
  • Educational institutions such as universities
  • Non-governmental and civil society organisations
  • Industry and the private sector


Membership in SCOPE provides inside-track channels and opportunities for experts and institutions to participate in and contribute to:

  • A unique cross-sectoral, interdisciplinary and international network of knowledge that brings together experts and decision makers;
  • Cross-cutting scientific programs and projects that provide expert knowledge, regional and global syntheses and solutions to emerging environmental problems;
  • Active partnerships with inter-governmental organisations such as UNEP and UNESCO;
  • High-level and influential workshops, conferences and publications;
  • The SCOPE-Zhongyu Environmental Awards programme for life achievements in environmental sciences and for young scientists, to recognise excellence and foster leadership in environmental sciences for the future.


SCOPE develops state-of-the-art scientific knowledge for understanding of environmental issues to better meet policy and development needs

  • based on robust science-driven agenda relevant to policy development;
  • responding to regional priorities to deliver insights of global significance;
  • providing rapid assessments of key environmental issues;
  • linking research outputs to the end users; and
  • guiding research processes founded on partnerships.

SCOPE's current science portfolio can broadly be characterised as
syntheses of existing information, formulation of balanced appraisals, stimulation of new approaches, and identification of important research needs.