Heide Hackmann to step down as Executive Director of the International Social Science Council


Heide Hackmann has announced today that she will step down from her role at the ISSC at the end of February 2015 to join the International Council for Science (ICSU) as its new Executive Director.

The decision comes at a time of change and new opportunities within the global scientific landscape. Heide Hackmann, during her time at the ISSC, was instrumental in giving a much larger voice, role, and importance to the social sciences globally. Under her leadership, the ISSC was founding member of the International Science and Technology Alliance for Global Sustainability that established Future Earth (the new 10-year research framework on global environmental change), and which has recently launched a new multi-year programme, Transformations to Sustainability, focusing on bringing the social sciences into solution spaces.

For the ISSC, Heide’s move to ICSU can be regarded as a harbinger of a more collaborative and strategic alignment of both organisations and the many branches of science at the global level.

After 8 years leading the social sciences at the helm of the ISSC, Heide has said:

“I have enjoyed eight rich and exciting years working for the ISSC, and leave with deep appreciation for the many opportunities afforded me during this time — to work alongside excellent colleagues, and to grow and develop my capacities in international science policy making. I am proud of what we have accomplished at the Council, and of having been part of raising the visibility and voice of the social sciences at the international level. As Executive Director of ICSU I hope to be able to continue contributing to this important work, and to help realize the ever-closer integration of the natural and social sciences for the benefit of societies all over the world.”

Alberto Martinelli, ISSC President, has said

“Heide has revolutionised the organisation and greatly enhanced the role of the social sciences during her time at ISSC. I enjoyed very much working with Heide, and I thank her for her strong and dedicated leadership. On behalf of the Executive Committee and all our members, we wish her nothing but the best in her new position.”

Heide will take up her new role on March 2, 2015.