News Archive 2009


 December 2009 ...

- The German Academy of Sciences Leopoldina has just published – together with the German Academy of Engineering and the German Research Foundation, a statement on Synthetic Biology. The statement is available (in German) at:

- The Academy also released another statement recently on Green Gene Technology. The statement can bew downloaded (in German) at:

An English version will be available soon.

November 2009 ...

 IAP Members working with young scientists ...

- "Youth in Science–2009," an international conference for young scientists, took place in Minsk, Belarus, 21-24 April 2009. The conference was organized by the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus (NASB). For additional information, see:

- The Turkish Academy of Sciences held its 8th annual Young Scientists Award Programme (GEBIP) at Karaelmas University in Zonguldak, 25-27 September 2009. Four parallel sessions were organized with 42 presentations from all scientific disciplines. For additional information, see:

- The Korean Academy of Science and Technology (KAST) is currently overseeing its 6-month “Mentoring for Science-Talented Youths Program” for 2009. For additional information, see:

October 2009 ...

The Science Council of Japan organized an international conference on Global Food Security and Sustainability at its headquarters in Tokyo, 17-18 September 2009. Sessions included sustainable development of animal production, food and seafood security, sustainable crop production and marine ecosystem sustainability. For more information, contact:

The Chinese Academy of Sciences celebrates its 60th Anniversary this year. For additional information about CAS anniversary events, follow the links at:, or contact:

September 2009 ... 

The InterAmerican Network of Academies of Sciences (IANAS), in partnership with the Academy of Medical, Physical and Natural Sciences of Guatemala, organized a workshop, 'Science Funding Landscape', in Guatemala City, 26-28 July 2009. The workshop was supported by the Guatemalan National Council for Science and Technology (CONCYT), International Development Research Center (IDRC-Canada) and IAP. RSC:The Academies of the Arts, Humanities and Sciences of Canada played a leadership role in securing support for the meeting from IDRC Discussions focused on strategies to increase linkages between national science academies, national S&T councils and funding agencies that support S&T in the Americas. Young scientists from the hemisphere also participated in the workshop and were instrumental in conveying their ideas, and aspirations, to the audience. To download the report, see:

- Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) has established a Clean Energy Commercialization Centre (CECC) in Shanghai through a joint venture with British Petroleum Group (BP). For more information, contact

- Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts (SASA) will organize the Milutin Milankovitch Anniversary Symposium: Climate Change at the Eve of the Second Decade of the Century – Inferences from Paleoclimate, in Belgrade, 22-25 September 2009. See

- Romanian Academy, in collaboration with the European Academy of Sciences and Arts, will organize a conference on “Unconventional Energies in the Carpathian and Danubian Area”, 27-28 November at Vasile Goldis University in Arad, Romania. Contact


August 2009 ...


- IAP, the InterAcademy Council (IAC) and TWAS, the academy of sciences for the developing world, joined the European Climate Foundation in holding a series of 'briefing-plus-discussion' workshops for delegates, especially those from smaller developing countries who will be in Copenhagen in December 2009 to seek to forge a new protocol as a follow-up to the Kyoto Protocol that expires in 2012. The Delegates must be fully informed about current scientific understanding and the full range of policy options available to mitigate and/or adapt to climate change. The workshops took place in July in Bangkok for Asia & the Pacific (organized by the Thai Academy of Science and Technology); Nairobi for sub-Saharan Africa (organized by the African Academy of Sciences); and Itaipava (near Rio de Janeiro) for Latin America and the Caribbean (organized by the TWAS Regional Office).  The reports will be available soon (see "Programmes").


Palestine Academy for Science and Technology (PALAST) published the academy newsletter, vol 6. Copies can be downloaded from the PALAST website: 

July 2009 ...

NASAC Statement on "Brain Drain in Africa": "One-third of all African scientists live and work in developed countries. This outflow represents a significant loss of economic potential for the continent, especially in today’s global society where scientific and technological knowledge drive development.”

The critical issue of brain drain – the loss of Africa’s scientific workers to richer countries, largely in the developed world – is the focal point of concern in a statement issued by the Network of African Science Academies (NASAC), a group of 13 merit-based science academies in Africa. The statement was formally presented to the heads of states attending the G8+5 Summit 2009 in L’Aquila, Italy, in July.

June 2009 ...

Capacity Building : IAP’s flagship programme provided support for the TWAS conference on “Afghanistan and its geographical context: development of a regional network of cultural and scientific cooperation”, organized in collaboration with the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The event was held in Trieste, Italy, 26 June 2009, as a run-up to the G8 Summit in L’Aquila. Representatives from academies of science in Afghanistan, India, Italy, Pakistan and Turkey were present. A detailed summary is available at In addition to Minister Frattini, the opening session of the conference featured speeches by Rangin Dadfar Spanta, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Afghanistan, and Hon. Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Pakistan. The conference was attended by more than 100 participants. It included presidents and representatives of the Afghan, Chinese, Egyptian, Indian, Iranian, Italian, Pakistani, Russian and Turkish academies of sciences and heads of scientific centres in Italy. For more information on the event, see:

May 2009 ... 

- TWAS, the academy of sciences for the developing world, offers fellowships in the natural sciences for postgraduate, postdoctoral, advanced research and visiting scholars. The fellowships are offered to scientists from developing countries and are tenable in Brazil, China, India, Malaysia, Mexico and Pakistan. Women scientists are especially encouraged to apply. This year a number of new programmes are being launched, including: fellowships with CONACYT (Mexico) for both postgraduate and postdoctoral studies, visiting scholars fellowships tenable at USM (Malaysia) and postdoctoral fellowships tenable at the S.N. Bose National Centre for Basic Sciences (India). Please visit under 'Programmes' 'Exchange', for more information, or contact

- ISSC (International Social Science Council) organized the first ever World Social Science Forum (WSSF) in Bergen, Norway, from May 10-12, 2009.The overall theme of the Forum was “One Planet – Worlds Apart?” The event featured Plenary Sessions with eminent speakers, including a keynote by Nobel prize winner Amartya Sen on “Challenges for the Social Sciences in the 21st Century”. Other plenary speakers include Saskia Sassen on “The Development of Development Theory, Jon Elster on “One Social Science – or Many?, as well as the Foreign Minister of Norway, Jonas Gahr Støre, on "Knowing Better - and Doing Worse? What Social Science can Provide for Policy Makers”.
The Full programme and links to the report are at:

- Palestine Academy of Sciences co-organized the 2nd international conference on Water. The conference on "Water: values and rights", took place in Jericho, from 13-15 April 2009 and was organized by the Palestine Academy of Sciences in conjunction with the Palestine Water Authority. For further information, see:, or contact Dr. Imad Khatib,

March 2009 ...

- Kenya National Academy of Sciences (KNAS) has published the conference report of the 4th Annual Regional Workshop celebrating Scientific Revival Day of Africa. Copies are available from:

- Nigerian Academy of Sciences published a report, “Blood Safety in Nigeria”. This is the first report of Nigeria’s Forum on Evidence-Based Health Policymaking. For copies, contact:

- The Royal Society, UK has issued a report on Ground Level Ozone, examining ozone’s impact on human health, food production, and the environment. Copies are available from:

February 2009 ...

- Sudanese National Academy of Science organized a conference for young scientists at the Institute of Endemic Diseases in Omdurman, Sudan, 17-18 January 2009 in collaboration with SAYS (The Sudanese Academy of Young Scientists). For more information, see:

- Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei: The G8+5 Academies' Meeting 2009  is a meeting of the science academies of the G8 countries and five others (Brazil, China, India, Mexico, South Africa) organized every year by the academy of the country hosting the G8 Summit. In 2009 Italy hosts the G8 Summit. The preliminary Meeting of Academies will be organized by the Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei from 26-27 March 2009 in Rome. The key topics will be: 1) New technologies for the production and conservation of energy; 2) International migration flows. The participating academies plan to release two joint statements to be presented to the G8 Summit through the Italian Government. For information on the event contact:

- IAP and the Council of Canadian Academies hosted an "Inter Academy Workshop on Best Practices in Advisory Roles and Fellowship Appointments" in Trieste, Italy on 12-13 February 2009. This invitation-only meeting explored the evolving role of science academies; fellowship appointments and engaging youth; outreach to society; multilateral initiatives; engaging decision makers; and the advisory role of science academies. The workshop provided the 60 confirmed participants from 46 countries with an opportunity to share best practices and identify opportunities for mutually beneficial collaborations. The recommendations and workshop report will be available shortly.

- The Royal Society/Pfizer Prize: Nominations can be made by senior academics and members of National Academies of Science. Nominations consist of statements from the nominator outlining the candidate’s scientific record, suitability for the award and impact in Africa, and a proposal by the nominee for the research project on which to spend the grant.   For full details of this award and the online nomination forms visit Contact Harriet Frankland on +44 (0)20 7451 2225 or if you have any queries. Closing date for nominations:  Monday 23 February 2009


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