The ISPC Secretariat, based at FAO in Rome, provides technical and administrative support to the ISPC, implementing its decisions and following up with all related technical activities.
The ISPC is a standing panel of eminent scientific experts appointed by the CGIAR Fund Council. As of May 2014, the ISPC consists of the Chair and six Members (five Members and the ex officio Chair of SPIA). Additional Panel Members will be appointed at the discretion of the ISPC Chair to the Council at large to increase specific expertise. The Council also employs expert peer reviewers in much of its work. We hold two face-to-face meetings annually, making decisions in open sessions.