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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  • Dr. Peter McGrath
    IAP for Science & IAP for Health
    Dr. Peter McGrath obtained his BSc (honours) in Agricultural Zoology from the University of Glasgow, UK, and followed this with a PhD from the University of Leeds, UK, in 1989. His 10-year research career focused on the insect transmission of plant viruses and included postdoctoral positions at the Scottish Crop Research Institute as well as ...
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  • Professor O.K. Baek
    Federal Research Agency of Korea, ETRI

    O.K. Baek is the Research Fellow & Head of Cognitive Informatics Research Division at the Federal Research Agency of Korea, ETRI.

    He is leading the strategic institutional initiative for development of a next generation AI (“CybreBrain”) enabling deductive reasoning, real time inferencing, progressive and incremental learning, and ...

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  • Professor Himla Soodyall
    National Health Laboratory Service and the University of Witwatersrand

    Himla Soodyall is the Secretary General of the Academy of Science of South Africa Council. She is involved in assisting the academy craft the Science Engagement strategy and in the young scientist liaison activities including the South African Young Academy of Science (SAYAS) Activities. In 2005, she was appointed the sub-Saharan African principal ...

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  • Professor Luiz  Davidovich
    Brazilian Academy of Sciences

    Luiz Davidovich is Professor of Physics at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. He got his PhD at the University of Rochester in 1976, and has since worked in quantum optics and quantum information. His major contributions are in the fields of decoherence, entanglement, laser theory and quantum metrology. He has analyzed in detail the role of ...

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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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