April 2, 2014
Volume 1, Issue 39
Dear IAP Member Academies,
The leaders of ICSU, TWAS, and IAP met on 18 February 2014 in Trieste, Italy, at the headquarters of TWAS to explore the strengthening of collaboration between their respective bodies. The meeting enabled the sharing of strategic plans,priorities and activities. Discussions also took place on where and how the organizations can most effectively work together for the benefit of science, society and their respective memberships and communities. Representatives of IAMP, the InterAcademy Medical Panel, OWSD, the Organization for Women in Science for the Developing World, IAC, the InterAcademy Council, and GYA, the Global Young Academy, also took part in the interesting and fruitful discussions. We are pleased to report that the IAP/IAC fundraising strategy is gaining momentum. A number of IAP members have already made commitments to the campaign, as well as to the voluntary membership contributions campaign. A complete list is available here. However, there is still a long way to go before we reach our goal. Other Academies have offered further in-kind support to host workshops or to print publications, etc, and we express our sincerest thanks to these academies for their much appreciated support. We hope this initial positive response will encourage other IAP members to engage with the campaign! Further updates will be provided to members, and discussions on next steps will take place at the forthcoming integrated IAP and IAC EC board meeting, hosted by the Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei in Rome, Italy, this coming May.
In the meantime, a Working Group has been busy preparing the next IAP Statement on synthetic biology. We expect the statement to be shared with members by 9 April 2014 for endorsement and release prior to the forthcoming meeting of the Convention on Biological Diversity scheduled for Montreal, Canada, this coming June.
Mohamed Hassan & Volker ter Meulen
NASAC organized a joint workshop on agricultural biotechnology in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in February 2014, together with the Leopoldina and input from EASAC. The Chief Scientific Adviser to the President of the European Commission, Anne Glover, took part in the event, along with the IAP co-chairs. Delegates agreed on the potential of agricultural biotechnology to contribute to sustainable agriculture and address the pressing problems of food and nutrition insecurity across the continent.
AASSA published a brochure detailing the results of activities as an IAP affiliated regional network for 2013. AASSA will hold a Regional Workshop on ‘Sustainable management of water resources and conservation of mountain lake ecosystems of Asian countries’ in Yerevan, Armenia on 25-29 June 2014, and on 2-4 July 2014, AASSA is co-organizing a Science Editors meeting in Seoul, Korea.
Jointly with the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, EASAC organized the first in a series of regional events on ‘Science-based advice for policy-making and society’ in Budapest, Hungary, in March 2014. The meeting showcased 3 of EASAC’s recent reports: “Extreme Weather Events”, “DTC Genetic Testing” and “Planting the Future”. Furthermore, EASAC recently published a report ‘Risks to Plant Health’, launched at an event in Brussels, Belgium.
As part of its Water Program, IANAS published an English version of “Diagnosis of Water in the Americas”, on the occasion of World Water Day (22 March 2014), following the success of the earlier Spanish-language version of the report.
IAMP is currently accepting nominations from member academies for a Health Inequities Review workshop to be held in Trieste, Italy on 3-5 July 2014.
Visit the Networks pages for more publications supported by IAP
In January 2014, the GYA launched a report on ‘The Global State of Young Scientists’ (GLoSYS Project). IAP has provided support to the GYA to research and produce a new brochure on ‘Opportunities for Young Scientists in Academies’.
Two members of the GYA were invited to give a statement at the inaugural meeting of the UN Scientific Advisory Board in Berlin on 30 -31 January 2014.
Nominations are being accepted for the 2014 Mahathir Science Award. Relevant information can be found here. Deadline: 15 April 2014.