2019 IAP Conference and General Assembly

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April
08
2019
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April
12
2019
June 10, 2019 AT 11:33 AM
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  • Professor Sheryl L Hendriks is a Professor and Head of Department of Agricultural Economics, Extension and Rural Development and Director of the Institute for Food, Nutrition and Well-being at the University of Pretoria, South Africa. She is a food security expert with extensive experience in policy analysis and programme design as well as food ...

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  • Professor Ranjith Mahindapala
    National Academy of Sciences of Sri Lanka

    Ranjith Mahindapala had a 22-year research career at the Coconut Research Institute of Sri Lanka culminating with the position of its Director. He introduced results-based research management system and authored the book, Coconut Cultivation, printed in 11 editions, and received the science writing award for it from the Sri Lanka Association for ...

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  • Professor Jeremy McNeil
    University of Western Ontario

    Jeremy N. McNeil was born in Tonbridge, England, received his B. Sc. in Canada (1969) and his PhD in the USA (1972). From 1972-2012 he was a professor at Laval University and in 2013 was a Humboldt Fellow in Hamburg. Professor McNeil is now the H. Battle Professor of Chemical Ecology at the University of Western Ontario.

    He has an ...

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  • Professor Roberto Juan José Williams
    INTEMA - Universidad Nacional de Mar del Plata – CONICET

    Williams (PhD, 1972, University of La Plata, Argentina) is Researcher of the National Research Council (CONICET) since 1977, in the field of thermosetting polymers. Co-author of 2 books, 17 book chapters and 233 scientific articles. He gave opening, plenary and keynote lectures in international symposia held in the Americas and Europe. He was ...

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  • Professor Bruce Alberts
    University of California, San Francisco

    Bruce Alberts, a prominent biochemist with a strong commitment to the improvement of science and mathematics education, was awarded the National Medal of Science by President Obama in 2014. He served as Editor-in-Chief of Science (2008-2013) and as one of President Obama’s first three United States Science Envoys (2009-2011). Alberts holds ...

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At-a-Glance

The IAP Conference and General Assembly was hosted by IAP in collaboration with the Korean Academy of Science and Technology (KAST) in April 2019. 

Programme

The Opening Ceremony took place on Tuesday 9 April followed by the two-day conference on Science and the Sustainable Development Goals: The role of academies ending on Wednesday 10 April 2019. 

The conference explored how science is required to underpin and advance progress towards achieving the 17 goals of the UN 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda, and in particular, what role academies and – and should – play towards achieving these goals.

Participants included distinguished scholars, presidents and leadership of national academies of science, medicine, engineering, as well as experts and health advisors from both industrialized and low and middle income countries (LMIC).

The third day, Thursday 11 April 2019, was dedicated to the General Assemblies of IAP Science and IAP Health, and the joint InterAcademy Partnership meeting, all of which are closed sessions for representatives of member academies only.

The key decisions taken at the 2019 IAP Assembly are: 

- Eight academies (Global Young Academy, European Academy of Sciences and Arts, Zambian Academy of Sciences, Peruvian Academy of Sciences, Peruvian Academy of Medicine, Korean Academy of Science and Technology, Korean Academy of Medicine, and the National Academy of Sciences, Cordoba, Argentina) were accepted as full members of IAP and can make nominations to any IAP study or project.

- IAP-Research was renamed IAP-Policy to better reflect its work

- New applications for IAP membership will be reviewed by members of the steering committee (six co-chairs) rather than the General Assembly to streamline the membership process

- All current member academies are now considered members of the InterAcademy Partnership as a whole rather than of one or more of the constituent networks (IAP-Health - Science or -Policy).

- The GA unanimously approved the Strategic Plan and Implementation Plan. The strategic plan is now available on the IAP website (available here).

- The GA approved a revised IAP structure with one unified Board, one unified Executive Committee, and several thematic groups (initially Science, Health and Policy-themed). The GA delegated to the current co-chairs and secretariat the authority to develop a detailed model for this revised structure based on these principles, which will be subject to endorsement by electronic ballot.

The IAP Strategic Plan for 2019 - 2022 is available here.

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