Building a global network of scientists ready to act when crisis hits 

Established in 2022

The International Science Reserve mobilizes the global scientific community to respond to complex crises across borders – such as the next pandemic or climate-related disasters – by establishing an open, global network of scientists and preparing them to act when crisis hits.  

Partnering with IBM to Put Advanced Data and AI Tools in the Hands of Crisis Researchers

IBM and the International Science Reserve are partnering to increase access to specialized data and analytics during global crises.

Role-Playing Crisis: Serious Games Help Scientists and Policymakers Prepare for Real-Life Disasters

Learn about the different gaming techniques decision makers can use to prepare for crises that arise without much warning. 

Fast Company Names ISR a World Changing Idea

 The award honors ISR for work with private and public partners to create a global scientific network focused on urgent disaster response

Growing a global network of researchers 

Recognized by Fast Company as a World Changing Idea, the International Science Reserve has rapidly seeded a network of scientists who are poised to respond to the next big crisis. Thousands of scientists have joined from across physical, life, earth, and behavioral sciences, from over 100 countries, seeking highly-focused, intensive, international collaboration needed for global solutions. 

Supporting access to open resources 

With private and public sector partners, such as IBM, UL Solutions, Google, and Pfizer, and the National Science Foundation, the ISR matches scientists to specialized resources needed during a crisis. This equips experts to respond faster and more effectively with scientific and technical problem-solving. 

Practicing for what’s ahead 

The International Science Reserve runs online scenario-planning, or readiness exercises, for scientists to explore different ways to apply their existing research to specific crisis situations. By rehearsing what would happen in a real crisis, scientists can work together and build collaboration in advance. 

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Fast Company

May 2, 2023
Fast Company honored the ISR as a World Changing Idea for its ongoing work with private and public partners to create a global scientific network focused on rapid crisis response. The initiative was honored under the annual awards’ new “Rapid Response” category.

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