Orgs - General Scientific and Research

Foresighted or foresight oriented non-university scientific and research organizations around the world. 

Listed alpha by organization name. Two-line maximum description, thanks.

Mainstream Orgs
Alliance for Science and Technology Research in America (ASTRA)
Groups working to increase federal funding for the physical & mathematical sciences and engineering.

Association for the Study of Peak Oil (ASPO)
Propose that world is "energy poor" and will run out of cheap fossil fuels by the mid 21st century. So far, the best evidence is against both of these perspectives.
 
Atmospheric and Environmental Research
Weather prediction. Leaders in the proposal for weather (hurricane, storm) control via space based satellite heating (Ross Hoffman).
American Society for Cybernetics
Small group (<200 members) spreading awareness and interest in cybernetics, control theory, and systems thinking. Founded in 1964. (Heinz Von Foerster)
American Statistical Association (ASA)
Founded in 1839 for promoting statistical practice, applications, and research, improving statistical education and the statistics profession.
Arden Institute
Innovative research on synthetic worlds (Ted Castronova)
Aspen Center for Physics
Unique summer retreats for physics and astrophysics researchers.
Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC)
Building the effectiveness of Sci-Tech centers and museums nationally.
Asymmetric Threats Contingency Alliance (ATCA)
Research initiative discussing global asymmetric threats (DK Matai). 
Astrobiology at NASA 
Astrobiophysical exploration of the past and future of life in the universe. Very useful big-picture dialog.
Center for Inquiry International
Promoting science, reason, and freedom of inquiry. Publish Skeptical Inquirer.
Center for Scientific Visualization
Promoting teaching, training, and learning in scientific visualization (data to 2D and 3D) at undergrad and graduate levels.
Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility
Assessing the power, problems, and promise of information technologies.
Contributing with knowledge and inspiration, the Copenhagen Institute for Futures Studies supports decision-making.
Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) (South Africa)
Scientific and technology research, development and implementation for socio-economic growth in SA and Africa (Jan Greben).
Council of Scientific Society Presidents (CSSP)
Elected leaders of sixty U.S. scientific organizations. Science policy and leadership organization.
CrossRef
A nonprofit group promoting open standards for citation linking on the web. 
European Foresight Platform (EFP) is a network building program supported by the European Commission’s (Framework Programme 7). It aims at building a global network of networks bringing together different communities and individual professionals to share their knowledge about foresight, forecasting and other future studies methods.
Greenloop
A research and strategy consultancy organization that helps clients design sustainability projects and become more resilient to adverse ecological, social and economical changes using biomimicry as innovative approach. (Gaetan Dartevelle-Belgium)

Innerspace Foundation
Non-profit dedicated to promoting neuroengineering approaches for the enhancement of memory and learning--biomedical goals. 
Institute for Mathematical Behavioral Sciences (UCI)
Generating a fruitful relationship between mathematical models and the behavioral and social sciences
Institute for Pure and Applied Mathematics (IPAM) (UCLA)
NSF-funded center for interdisciplinary math modelling, including singularity theory.
Institute for Science, Engineering, and Public Policy (ISEPP)
Improving local understanding of issues in science, technology and society (STS) (Terry Bristol). Portland, ORSan Jose, CA.
International Federation of Systems Research (IFSR)
A small but very thoughtful international and academic group of systems researchers.
International Network of Scientists and Engineers for Global Responsibility (INES)
Developing insight into the impact of science and technology on society. Disarmament focus.
International Institute for Advanced Studies (IIAS) in Systems Research and Cybernetics
Committed to the transdisciplinary development and promotion of cybernetics and systems research.
International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA)
Inter-disciplinary scientific studies on environmental, economic, technological and social issues in the context of human dimensions of global change.
International Institute for General Systems Studies (IIGSS)
Promoting research and education and development of more mature theories and truly successful applications of systems research in all branches of knowledge (J. Yi-Lin Forrest)
International Society for the Systems Sciences (ISSS)
The original general systems theory society. Small, international (Ludwig von Bertalanffy)
International Society for Scientometrics and Informetrics (ISSI)
Professionals in the emerging interdisciplinary fields of informetrics, bibliometrics/scientometrics, technometrics and webometrics.
Institute for Future Studies
An independent research foundation that promotes a futures perspective in Swedish research, and strives to manage and develop theories and methods in the field of future studies. (Peter Hedström)
Institute for International Education (IIE)
World leader in the international exchange of educators, fellows, scholars, and ideas (Global)
Institute for Systems Biology
Top interdisciplinary research institute using math, computation, complexity, molecular and synthetic approaches to the life sciences. 
Karolinska Institute
A world leader in public health and medical research.
Merck Institute for Science Education 
Improving U.S. teacher ability, student participation, and performance in science subjects.
NASA Institute for Advanced Concepts
Revolutionary aeronautics and space concepts based on sound scientific principles, attainable in a 10 to 40 year time frame. 
National Academy of Sciences

Pro bono expert advisors to the nation on science, engineering, and medicine.
National Council for Science and the Environment
Studies, programs, and conferences to improve the scientific basis for environmental decision-making.
National Center for Science Education (NCSE)
Defending the teaching of evolution in public schools against the political agenda of the 'intelligent design' movement.
National Science Foundation
Leading federal organization promoting and funding public STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) through research programs and educational projects.
National Science Teachers Association (NTSA)
Promoting excellence and innovation in science teaching and learning (55,000 members).
New England Complex Systems Institute (NECSI)
Multidisciplinary educational and research institute, advancing the study of complex systems. 
Nonfiction Defense Association
Championing the need for less fantasy and more reality in our infotainment and daily lives.

Organization for Economic Co-operation & Development (OECD)
International organization promoting studies that will improve the economic and social well-being of people around the world. (France)
Physicians for Social Responsibility
Elimination of weapons of mass destruction and violence, sustainability promotion.
Protiant
Predictive FDA approval modeling for pharmaceutical companies.
Science Ed. for New Civic Engagement & Responsibilities (SENCER)
NSF-funded summer institute for science educators who want to improve critical thinking, analysis, numeracy, and civic responsibility.
Scientists and Engineers for America (SEA)
A policy group dedicated to electing public officials who respect evidence and understand the importance of using scientific and engineering advice in making public policy. They plan to "grade" public officials on this. What a concept!
SETI Institute
Research in the origin, nature, and prevalence of intelligent life in the universe.
Skeptics Society
Promoting scientific and critical thinking. Evaluating edge science and the paranormal. 
Society for Amateur Scientists
Helping ordinary people ("citizen scientists") learn and do scientific research. 
Society for the Social Studies of Science (4S)
Oldest and largest scholarly association devoted to understanding science and technology.
Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology 
Exploring structure and action of biological systems at multiple scales. 
Society for Scientific Exploration (SSE)
Investigation of anomalous and speculative topics usually ignored by science. Since 1982.
Systems Dynamics Society (SDS)
Studying and managing complex feedback systems in business, technology, and society. Founded 1984. (Jay Forrester)
The Swartz Foundation
Exploring physics, math, computer science, and neuroscience to understand the brain/mind relationship. Awesome conferences.
Union of Concerned Scientists
Scientists and citizens building a healthier, safer, environmentally sustainable world.
United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) has a specific focus in the field of poverty reduction through enhancing the development contribution of the private sector consists in supporting the formulation of industrial policies that improve the general business environment for private sector development, as well as in building up local productive capacities in a private sector-led process. 
US Naval Research Laboratory (NRL)
Corporate research laboratory for the Navy and Marine Corps 
World Technopolis Association
International network of "science cities," promoting better S&T city development and governance. 
Zogby International
Polling and market research for North America, Latin America, the Middle East, Asia, and Europe


Speculative Research Orgs
Informological Institute (Geneva, Switzerland)
"Informology" is defined here as an emerging information science of spatial relations between information processing systems. (Informology is better known as library and information science). Transdisciplinary, of uneven quality.
Network of European Technocrats 
A European based organisation that researches and promotes an alternative socioeconomic system for a future sustainable society. 


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