The Triennial Conference of the InterAcademy Partnership (IAP) and the Worldwide Meeting of the Young Academies


The Triennial Conference of the InterAcademy Partnership (IAP) and the Worldwide Meeting of the Young Academies will take place at Biosphere 2, Arizona, USA, and online on 1-3 November 2022.

The theme of the conference will be 'Inclusive Excellence: Harnessing knowledge for sustainable societies' and will be hosted by the U.S. National Academy of Sciences (NAS) and the Royal Society of Canada (RSC) and co-organized by IAP, the Global Young Academy (GYA), the U.S. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, RSC, the RSC College, and the NAS New Voices Program. To attend online register at https://nasem.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_2T_qNKgtTdWb794BHxtxgA or click on the image below.

IAP Conference registration

We respectfully acknowledge the University of Arizona is on the land and territories of Indigenous peoples. Today, Arizona is home to 22 federally recognized tribes, with Tucson being home to the O’odham and the Yaqui. Committed to diversity and inclusion, the University strives to build sustainable relationships with sovereign Native Nations and Indigenous communities through education offerings, partnerships, and community service.

This conference, which will bring together the world’s leading senior and young science academies, provides a significant opportunity to rethink our research structures – from involvement to engagement. Inclusive excellence is a concept that promotes equitable and sustainable research processes. It recognizes that the prosperity and wellbeing of communities, particularly when facing major challenges, depends on valuing, engaging, and including the rich diversity of all members. Attacks on the legitimacy of science (all disciplines) during the present pandemic have thrown into sharp relief our need to rethink research processes in ways that make them more inclusive, responsive, and productive.

Our 2022 hybrid meeting will unite a range of delegates from over 100 countries, and this gathering offers us an incredible opportunity to consider – in critical ways – how the present research structures exclude valuable voices and knowledge systems. Enabling the diversification of our research communities needs to be prioritized. The young academy movement is an important illustration of inclusive excellence, and within many of them are good examples of how we might imagine new research frameworks that make space for those traditionally excluded.

Thus, this conference will enable us to explore how to achieve greater diversity of our research circles. We must lead by example and engage with the core principle of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (UN’s SDGs) – leaving no one behind. Making inclusive excellence a priority for the global research community will eliminate the barriers to research, development, and innovation.

In addition to dedicated sessions focused on major IAP and GYA/young academy projects, there will be 4-5 sessions selected from proposals, submitted from senior and young academies, that provide concrete examples of the power of inclusive excellence frameworks to help address global challenges such as climate change, pandemic preparedness, and improving human health and education accessibility. Session proposals that illustrate how inequities in our academic institutions may be addressed are also sought. Proposals should address at least one aspect of inclusive excellence, such as diversity, inclusion, sense of belonging, equity, accessibility, community engagement and open access to data/science/information. Proposals that include several academies, including collaborative proposals from young and senior academies are encouraged. The format of the session could be a panel with Q&A or an interactive moderated discussion.

Please contact the IAP secretariat (secretariat@iapartnership.org) with any questions.

Conference draft programme

Click on the session title to read the full abstract. * denotes live participation during the session's Q&A. 

Session title Speakers

Opening plenary conference session: Inclusive excellence and climate justice

06:00 – 08:30 AZ/13:00 – 15:30 UTC 

Tuesday, 1 November 2022

Welcome/Acknowledgement of land of indigenous peoples 
Gail Burd* (moderator), University of Arizona, USA

Sir Richard Catlow* and Depei Liu, Co-Presidents, InterAcademy Partnership (IAP), UK and China 

Priscilla Kolibea Mante*, Co-Chair, Global Young Academy (GYA), Rwanda

Hussam Mahmoud* and Stephanie Diem*, National Academy of Sciences (NAS) New Voices, USA

Marcia McNutt, President, National Academy of Sciences (NAS), USA

Julia Wright, Royal Society Canada (RSC), Canada 

Digital Divide

Isabelle Alice Zaugg, Columbia University, USA

The importance of including indigenous populations when establishing climate and/or health-related policies 

Nikki Cooley, Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals, USA

Honorable Mary Robinson*, former President of Ireland and UN Commissioner for Human Rights, Ireland


Climate Change and Health

08:50 – 10:20 AZ/15:50 – 17:20 UTC

Tuesday, 1 November 2022

Sir Andy Haines (moderator),  Co-Chair, IAP Working Group; London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK*

Sherilee Harper, Co-Chair, Inter-American Network of Academies of Science (IANAS) Working Group, Canada*

Robin Fears, Chair, European Academies' Science Advisory Council (EASAC) Working Group; Director, Biosciences Programme, EASAC, UK

Deoraj Caussy, Chair, Network of African Science Academies (NASAC) Working Group, Mauritius

Victor Hoe, Chair, Association of Academies and Societies of Sciences in Asia (AASSA) Working Group, Malaysia* 

Volker ter Meulen, Co-Chair, IAP Working Group; IAP Special Advisor, Germany*

Inclusive Excellence for Sustainable Societies: making space for at-risk and displaced scholars

10:30 – 12:00 AZ/17:30 – 19:00 UTC

Tuesday, 1 November 2022

S. Karly Kehoe (moderator),  College of New Scholars, Artists, and Scientists, Royal Society of Canada; Saint Mary’s University, Canada*

Encieh Erfani, Global Young Academy

Saja Al Zoubi, University of Oxford, UK*

Pinar Aksu, Right to Remain, Scotland*

Science Advice by Young Academies on Critical Issues: Why does it matter?

16:00 – 17:30 AZ/23:00 – 00:30 UTC

Tuesday, 1 November 2022

Hussam Mahmoud (moderator), Colorado State University, USA*

Patricia Silveyra, National Academy of Sciences New Voices, USA

Connie Nshemereirwe, Global Young Academy and Uganda Young Academy, Uganda

Yoko Shimpuku, Global Young Academy and Young Academy of Japan, Japan

Jacek Kolanowski, Polish Young Academy and Young Academies Science Advice Structure, Poland*

Engineering Complex Systems for Climate Change and Energy Transition

17:40 – 19:10 AZ/00:40 – 02:10 UTC

Tuesday, 1 November 2022

Guru Madhavan (moderator), National Academy of Engineering, USA*  and John Boright (moderator), National Academy of Sciences, USA*

Nuclear pathways
Robin Grimes, Imperial College London, UK

Fundamentals of energy transitions
Chandrakant Patel, Hewlett Packard, USA  

Shaping research infrastructure and accessibility to available meteorological data and observations
Mary-Jane Bopape, South African Environmental Observation Network, National Research Foundation, South Africa

Designing national policies for appropriate technology use
Abubakar Sambo, Formerly the Energy Commission of Nigeria and Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Nigeria 

Shaping and realizing transdisciplinary systems education for energy transition
Azad Madni, University of Southern California, USA 

Live reflections on science, engineering, and health policy implications
John Boright, U.S. National Academy of Sciences, USA*

WWMYA (young academies' business meeting)

Combatting Predatory Academic Journals and Conferences: The vital role of senior and young academies

09:30 – 11:00 AZ/16:30 – 18:00 UTC

Wednesday, 2 November 2022

Tracey Elliott (moderator), IAP Project Director, UK*

Overview of the IAP report and its key findings
Stefan Eriksson,  IAP Working Group, Sweden* 

Recommendations to academies and Higher Education Institutions 
Susan Veldsman, IAP Working Group, South Africa*

National case studies

Mainul Hossain, National Young Academy of Bangladesh, Bangladesh

Tereza Simova, Czech Academy of Sciences, Czech Republic* 

Antonethe Castaneda,  Academia de Ciencias Medicas, Físicas y Naturales de Guatemala, Guatemala*

Nirinia Khadgi, National Young Academy of Nepal, Nepal*

Oladoyin Odubanjo, Nigerian Academy of Science, Nigeria*

Rania Baleela, Sudanese National Academy of Science, Sudan*


Bridging Generations and Scientific Disciplines in Pandemic-fueled Innovations: Learning from the COVID-19 pandemic experience

11:10 – 12:40 AZ/18:10 – 19:40 UTC

Wednesday, 2 November 2022

Solange Uwituze (moderator), Rwanda Agriculture and Animal Resources Development Board, Rwanda*

Marie Chantal Cyulinyana,  Rwanda National Council for Science and Technology, Rwanda

Aimee Geissler, Global Health Security, Rwanda

Edward HM Wang, University of the Philippines Manila, University of the Philippines Surgical Innovation and Biotechnology Laboratory, Philippines

Roxanne P. De Leon, University of the Philippines, University of the Philippines Surgical Innovation and Biotechnology Laboratory, Philippines

Jaime C. Montoya, Philippine Council for Health Research and Development, Philippines

How to Promote Inclusiveness in Open Access Publishing Models

16:00 – 17:30 AZ/23:00 – 00:30 UTC

Wednesday, 2 November 2022

Roula M. Abdel-Massih (moderator), Central Michigan University; The World Academy of Sciences Young Affiliates Network, USA*

Ariel M. Silber, University of São Paulo, Brazil*

Ana María Cetto, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Mexico

Luke Drury, ALLEA - the European Federation of Academies of Science and Humanities, Germany*

Abdullah Shams Bin Tariq, University of Rajshahi, Bangladesh*

Fernanda Beigel, CONICET-National University of Cuyo, Argentina

Societal implications of Emerging Health Sciences and Technologies: Need for a new governance framework

17:40 – 19:10 AZ/00:40 – 02:10 UTC

Wednesday, 2 November 2022

Victor Dzau (moderator), President, National Academy of Medicine (USA), USA*

Atul Butte, University of California San Francisco, USA*

Janet Rossant, The Gairdner Foundation; University of Toronto, Canada*

Jeff Kahn, Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics, USA*

David Winickoff, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, France

IAP General Assembly

Winning from Greater Inclusion: Relation between diversity and academic culture

09:30 – 11:00 AZ/16:30 – 18:00 UTC

Thursday, 3 November 2022

Helen Eenmaa (moderator), University of Tartu, Estonia*

Carlo D’Ippoliti, Sapienza University of Rome, Italy*

Yensi Flores Bueso, University College Cork, Ireland*

Pradeep Kumar, University of the Witswatersrand, South Africa*

Olli-Ville Laukkanen, VTT Technical Research Centre, Finland*

Boon-Han Lim, Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman, Malaysia*

Ester Oras, University of Tartu, Estonia*

Marju Raju, Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre, Estonia*

Anu Realo, University of Warwick, United Kingdom

Tarmo Soomere, Estonian Academy of Sciences, European Academies Science Advisory Council, Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia*

Inclusion and Participation of Women in Science Academies

11:10 – 12:40 AZ/18:10 – 19:40 UTC

Thursday, 3 November 2022

Peter McGrath (moderator), InterAcademy Partnership, Italy*

Roseanne Diab, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa*

Frances Separovic, University of Melbourne, Australia*

Roula Inglesi-Lotz, University of Pretoria, South Africa*

Inquiry-based Science Education for Sustainable Development: Leaving no one behind

16:00 - 17:30 AZ/23:00 – 00:30 UTC

Thursday, 3 November 2022

Peter McGrath (moderator), InterAcademy Partnership, Italy*

Zaineb Afkhkhar, Mohammed VI Polytechnic University, IAP Science Education Programme, Morocco*

Carol O’Donnell, Smithsonian Science Education Center, IAP Science Education Programme, USA*

Aphiya Hathayatham, National Science Museum, IAP Science Education Programme, Thailand*

Wafa Skalli, IAP Science Education Programme; Hassan II Academy of Science and Technology, France*

Preparing Academia for the Future of Collaboration: Opportunities and barriers

17:40 – 19:10 AZ/00:40 – 02:10 UTC

Thursday, 3 November 2022

Vanessa Moss (moderator), 2022 Co-Deputy Chair of the Early- and Mid-Career Researchers (EMCR) Forum of the Australian Academy of Science, Australia* and Mohammad Taha (moderator), 2022 Co-Deputy Chair of the EMCR Forum of the Australian Academy of Science, Australia*

Nicolas Bonne, Public Engagement and Outreach Fellow, Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation, University of Portsmouth*

Camille R. Escudero, Founder, Lily of the Valley*

Jerusha Mather, PhD student, Victoria University 

Carly McLachlan, Professor of Climate and Energy Policy, Tyndall Centre, University of Manchester

Morley Muse, Director and Co-founder, iSTEM Co.

Travis Rector, Professor of Physics and Astronomy, University of Alaska Anchorage*

Goedele Roos, Researcher, University of Lille, CNRS*

Charles Takalana, Head of Secretariat, African Astronomical Society*