The Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR), a body of the International Council for Science (ICSU), has recently completed a major reform. The reform process began with the formation in April 1999 of an ad hoc Group on SCAR Organisation and Strategy, chaired by Philip M. Smith, to review SCAR's mission, governance, and performance.
The group recommended a number of changes to SCAR in April 2000. Most of these have now been adopted. SCAR has a new constitution; a new structure; a new executive office, headed for the first time by an executive director; a new strategy, mission, and objectives; and a new science plan (for details, see the SCAR Web site, http://www.scar.org)