scientific committee

ICDAC Scientific Board, which is consisted of the president of the Centre, his vice-president, advisors and the directors of research groups, is the directing body of the Centre, in charge of policy making for scientific activities and the final revision of scientific projects presented in the weekly sessions. Scientific evaluation of the contents of material proposed to the Centre�s publications and supervising the progress of the scientific projects carried out by ICDAC research groups are also among the duties of the Board. 

The Scientific Board of the Centre generally encompasses the Office, Publications, and Research Groups.

The office includes the secretary of sessions and two coordinators, and is responsible for arranging and coordinating the Board meetings, following up on the committee�s activities, implementation of the ratifications, harmonizing the sessions, supervising the Research Groups' projects and progress of approved projects. After registration and subject classification, the presented scientific projects are submitted to the relevant scientific groups for comments and initial assessment.

Among the main responsibilities of the Office of the Scientific Board is to define priorities and pivots of research with regard to the Dialogue Among Civilizations. Other duties include planning scientific seminars to be carried out by the Centre or other organizations, establishing mutual cooperation with scientific organizations and experts, and providing seminar reports and texts as well as general and specialized plans to be carried out by ICDAC or other domestic centres for scientific and research purposes.

Research Groups
Research Groups of the Scientific Board cover various areas of research and studies. Each Group consists of a director, a secretary and a coordinator. All members of the groups have been chosen from among the distinguished experts of the related fields to engage in scientific activities and act as coordinators for the implementation of the approved scientific projects. Some of the most prominent scholars of each field also attend the fixed weekly sessions of each group as the related group�s Scientific Committee. Some groups have concluded agreements of cooperation with the country�s scientific associations such as Iran�s Association of Sociology and Iran�s Association of Geography.

Intent on providing avenues for the promotion of the concept of Dialogue among Civilizations to a level of global acceptance, ICDAC scientific groups concentrate their activities on:

  1. Drawing up focal points and research priorities on dialogue among civilizations 
  2. Preliminary review of the scientific projects proposed to the Group, and presenting the prospective ones to the Centre's Scientific Board for final approval.
  3. Providing and assessing research, educational and promotional plans on dialogue among civilizations, and proposing them to the Centre�s Scientific Board in order to help and promote ICDAC's scientific policymaking and planning on a high level.
  4. Revising the scientific projects presented to the Centre
  5. Supervising the execution of the approved projects
  6. Providing scientific materials pertinent to dialogue among civilizations
  7. Revising and commenting on the materials and works presented to the Centre in the field of dialogue among civilizations
  8. Proposing, supervising and managing the organization of national, regional and international seminars and scientific conferences to help define various aspects of the concept of Dialogue among Civilizations
  9. Proposing the translation of scientific materials pertinent to dialogue among civilizations
  10. Maintaining ongoing contact with national and international research and scientific centers and experts for the purpose of forging and promoting cooperation for scientific-cultural exchanges and institutionalization of the culture of dialogue on national, regional and global levels

Presently there are nine active Research Groups within the structure of the Centre:

Art Political Science
Theology & Religions Social Science
Philosophy Geography
History of Civilizations Literature  
Architecture & Urban Planning