December 20, 2013
Volume 1, Issue 38
Dear IAP Member Academies,
On 31 October - 1 November 2013, the IAP Executive Committee (EC) 2013-2015 met for the first time, following its election in February 2013, at the Australian Academy of Science in Canberra. We are most thankful to the Australian Academy for its warm hospitality.
During the visit to Canberra, IAP delegates attended the official launch of the Australian Academy of Science’s cutting-edge new secondary school science education programme, Science by Doing. A visit was also organized to a local primary school to see an in-class demonstration of the Academy’s primary science education programme, Primary Connections: Linking Science with Literacy, which is also supported by IAP.
The next EC meeting will be held at the Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei in Rome, Italy, in May 2014, together with the IAMP EC and IAC Board meetings. A joint session of all three governing committees has been organized to discuss future developments towards an interacademy partnership. Linked closely to this is our IAP/IAC fundraising strategy. We want here to express our sincerest thanks to our member academies for your much appreciated feedback and support of this initiative in recent months.
At the end of November, we attended the World Science Forum (WSF) on “Science for Global Sustainable Development” in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, co-organized by the Brazilian Academy of Sciences (BAS). At the close of the Forum, a Declaration was issued by the participants with five priority recommendations, including a call for concrete action to mobilize science academies and the scientific community to play a role in helping to provide sustainable solutions to global problems. The WSF will return to Hungary in 2015 and then be hosted by Jordan in 2017, with the support of the Royal Scientific Society, also an IAP member academy.
Finally, we are very pleased that the IAP News Bulletin is being revived and we hope that you will find it useful and informative. Please forward it to colleagues who might be interested and please come back to us with any feedback and contributions for what you want to see included in future editions. Thank you!
Mohamed Hassan & Volker ter Meulen