The governing body of SCOSTEP is the SCOSTEP Bureau . The Bureau comprises of SCOSTEP’s President, the Vice President, the Representatives of the ICSU Participating Bodies, and the Scientific Secretary (ex. officio). The Bureau directs scientific, administrative and financial activities. They select the Scientific Secretary who administers the Secretariat, organizes meetings, and conducts the financial business of SCOSTEP under the Direction of the Executive Officers and Bureau. The Bureau usually meets annually. If necessary, additional meetings may be convened by the President.
The SCOSTEP General Council comprises of Adherent Representatives, and is chaired by the President. The Council reviews the scientific, financial and administrative activities of SCOSTEP and, if necessary, refers matters to the Bureau for further consideration.
An international group of Scientific Discipline Representative provides advice to SCOSTEP about scientific programs and serves as links between national and regional activities in their fields and SCOSTEP international scientific programs. They lead within SCOSTEP and through other ICSU bodies to propose new programs and participate in the Steering Committees and projects of ongoing programs.