The work of the world’s academies of science, medicine and engineering has resulted in lives saved, better education, and more effective policy approaches to a range of issues. The newly formed InterAcademy Partnership (IAP) is a new organization of academies bringing together established global networks of academies of science, medicine and engineering into a new collaboration in which academies will work together to support the special role of science and its efforts to seek solutions to address the world’s most challenging problems.
As an umbrella organization, IAP is able to harness the expertise of the world’s scientific, medical and engineering leaders to advance sound policies, promote excellence in science education, improve public health, and achieve other critical development goals.
IAP’s some 130 national members and regional networks have compiled an extensive track record of delivering evidence-based advice and performing other services for the global community. This new organization will enable IAP to enlarge the scale and scope of these contributions.
Academies of science, medicine and engineering can be found in most of the world’s countries. They are typically independent, self-perpetuating national institutions that recognize excellence and achievement. Academies are merit-based, with members selected from among the leading scientific, medical and engineering minds within a country.
Through its global network of some 130 members, the InterAcademy Partnership is able to harness the power and authority of these academies and access their combined scientific talent.
The Members of the Steering Committee of the InterAcademy Partnership met in Trieste, Italy, 7-8 February 2015. Discussions centred on the way forward to establish a legal status for the new umbrella organization, and a first portfolio of topics to address, namely:
- Evaluating Research: Assessment and Improvement of Current Practices;
- Security of Food Supply and Sustainable Agriculture;
- Solid Waste Management and Green Economy;
as well as a coordinated and effective fundraising campaign to support these projects and a number of other evolving initiatives.
Plans are also under way to formally launch the InterAcademy Partnership in February 2016 in Hermanus, South Africa.
For more details on the structure and modus operandi of the InterAcademy Partnership, read the Memorandum of Understanding signed by the Steering Committee on 17 July 2014.Memorandum of Understanding signed by the InterAcademy Partnership Steering Committee on 17 July 2014
For a full list of IAP publications and reports/statements by other related organizations, follow the link HERE.
Evaluating Research: Assessment and Improvement of Current Practices
The IAPartnership will undertake an evidence-based study of current research evaluation practices across the sciences. It is one of the three projects identified by the IAPartnership for implementation starting in 2015.
As the global research enterprise has grown, so too has the demand for more formal judgements with which to evaluate research. The current system of scientific publishing and advances in information technology has led to sophisticated techniques and metrics to assess the quality of both journal articles and researchers. In recent years, however, criticisms of current research evaluation practices have emerged. Critics have found that journal-based metrics may create perverse incentives that lead researchers to cut corners or use questionable methods that undermine the advancement of science, as well as leading to distortions, eg. in career and promotion opportunities.Find out more
Food and Nutrition Security and Agriculture
The German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, in collaboration with the InterAcademy Partnership, is undertaking a project on ‘Food and Nutrition Security and Agriculture'. Supported by IAP for Science, it is one of three projects identified by the InterAcademy Partnership for implementation in 2015. The project is almost exclusively funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). IAP is also providing financial support, while some IAP member academies and the affiliated regional networks will provide in-kind support.Find out more
Solid Waste Management and Green Economy
The Global Young Academy (GYA), in collaboration with the IAPartnership is undertaking a project on solid waste management and the green economy. Supported by IAP for Science, it is one of three projects identified by the IAPartnership for implementation in 2015.
Discarded waste is often perceived as a liability. However, in a green economy it is considered a resource because of the opportunties to alter this waste and make it reusable. The goal of green solid waste management is to manage waste in a manner that meets public health and environmental concerns, while conserving resources through the reuse and recycling of waste materials. In industrialized countries, good waste management practices have arisen through the development of new concepts and technologies. In many developing countries, however, such best practices have yet to take hold.Find out more
Meetings and Conferences
Follow the discussions at meetings and conferences where IAP was represented.Biological Weapons Convention (BWC) Meeting of Experts in 2015, United Nations Office, Geneva, Switzerland 10-14 August 2015 The Future of Scholarly Scientiifc Publication, hosted by the Royal Society, London, UK, 20-21 April and 5-6 May 2015 BioVision - the world life sciences forum, Lyon, France, 15-16 April 2015 3rd International One Health Congress, Amsterdam, the Netherlands, 15-18 March 2015
IAP for Research
Since 2000, IAP for Research, known up to now as the InterAcademy Council, has mobilized the best scientists and engineers worldwide to provide high quality in-depth advice to the United Nations and the broader global community on critical issues such as the importance of building scientific and technological capacity worldwide, aiming for a sustainable energy future, enhancing African agriculture, reviewing of the processes of the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), and, most recently, providing a broad vision of scientific responsibility in the global research enterprise.
IAC Site Search
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IAP for Science
Since 1993, IAP for Science, previously known up to now as the InterAcademy Panel, has harnessed the power found in the world’s scientific community to address global challenges and create contribute to a more successful world.
IAP Science brings together 107 member academies to advise the global public and decision-makers on the scientific aspects of critical global issues, such as poverty, sustainable development, climate change, biotechnology and global health. It also works to improve science education and scientific literacy in member countries across the globe.
IAP Site Search
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IAP for Health
Established in 2000, IAP for Health, known up to now as the InterAcademy Medical Panel, is a global network of more than 70 medical academies and medical sections of academies of science and engineering.
It is committed to improving health world-wide, for example by strengthening the capacity of academies to provide evidence-based advice to governments on health and science policy, and by supporting projects by member academies to strengthen health research and higher education in their countries.
IAMP Site Search
As the “voice of young scientists around the world,” the Global Young Academy(GYA) aims to empower and mobilize young scientists to address issues of particular importance to early career scientists. Current... READ MORE
IAMP held a working meeting for academy leaders and government partners on the review process of Social Determinants of Health Inequities on 3 – 4 July 2014 in Trieste, Italy...READ MORE
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