At the initiative of UNESCO and with the support of its former Director General, Mr Federico Mayor (1987-1999), the International Institute for the Study of Nomadic Civilizations was established by an agreement concluded on 16 September 1998 between the governments of Kazakhstan , Kyrgyzstan , Mongolia and Turkey.
At present, the Institute has 13 workers and has its own Information center.
IISNC has 34 associate members from scientific institutions of 16 countries and 143 corresponding members from 18 countries.
According to the initial agreement on the establishment of the Institute between UNESCO General-Director and Government of Mongolia on 16 September 1998 and resolution No.196 of the Government of Mongolia on 21 October 1998 on the activity of IISNC and recalling Article 7 of the Memorandum concluded between UNESCO and Mongolia on 10-13 July 2011,
The research staff of IISNC has implemented scientific activities in following six basic directions:
- Projects and grants implemented within the scope of UNESCO’s programs
- Research projects
- International and regional expeditions
- International conferences and regional seminars
- Archaeological surveys
- Training and information activities
The Information center publishes newsletter “Nomadic”. In addition, the Information center also publishes research bulletin “Nomadic studies” and a journal “National Mongol Studies”.