2019 IAP Conference Science and the Sustainable Development Goals: The role of academies


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).


Head, Novartis Foundation
Senior Fellow, McKinsey Global Institute
Research Fellow & Head, Federal Research Agency of Korea, ETRI
Professor of Chemical Ecology, University of Western Ontario
Professor, Dept. of Biotechnology School of Life Sciences & Biotechnology, Korea University
Distinguished Professor BAgrSc (Hons), PhD, DSc, Hon DSc, FRSNZ, FRSC
Professor, University of Pretoria, South Africa
Biosciences Programme Director, European Academies Science Advisory Council (EASAC)
President, The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS)
Project Director, IAP Policy
Coordinator, IAP Science & IAP Health
Executive Director, IAP Policy
Public Health Physician Scientist and urban epidemiologist, and Clinical Senior Research fellow University of Cambridge MRC Epidemiology Unit’s Global Public Health Research programme
CEO, International Science Council (ISC)
Chief of the Environment and Development, Policy Section, UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP)
Visiting Professor, Korea University
Associate Professor, Kyoto University, Japan
President, European Academies Science Advisory Council (EASAC)
Full Professor, Yonsei University
President, National Academy of Sciences of Sri Lanka
Human Genomic Diversity and Disease Research Laboratory, Division of Human Genetics, National Health Laboratory Service and the University of Witwatersra
President, Brazilian Academy of Sciences
Researcher, INTEMA - Universidad Nacional de Mar del Plata – CONICET
University of Melbourne
Editor-in-Chief, Science & Diplomacy
University College London and Sekenani Space and Resilience Research Centre, Maasai Mara University, Kenya
President, InterAcademy Partnership (IAP)
Coordinator, Research, Ethics, Knowledge Uptake World Health Organization (WHO)