In 1998 ISES has been created to develop a new program of research activities in Solid Earth Sciences. Its current programme started mid 1999 and is explicitly aimed at interfacing proven strengths of the existing research groups of NSG, VMSG and CTG. This will bridge the gaps existing across and within the participating research schools.
ISES contributes to closer relationships between fundamental and applied geosciences. It integrates all participating multidisciplinary science and technology activities in one coherent structure. It is establishing one data handling infrastructure to obtain full integration of modeling and observations.
ISES brings a stable platform to carry out high quality research and creates an environment promoting further integration and full access to technology support.