News in January 2003

-The IAP executive committee has accepted the nomination of the Academia de Ciencias Físicas, Matemáticas y Naturales de VenezuelaPalestine Academy for Science and Technology, and the Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Tajikistan into the IAP membership. IAP members will vote on the EC recommendations at the general assembly in 2003. IAP membership now stands at 88.

-TWAS, in collaboration with US NAS, is organizing an IAP workshop on capacity building for science academies which are located in countries with predominantly Muslim communities. The workshop will take place from 5-7 March 2003 in Trieste. Details are available at

-African Academy of Sciences (AAS), in cooperation with the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES) foundation, organized a workshop examining the threat that HIV/AIDS poses to political stability in Africa. The workshop took place on 16-18 September 2002. Participants from Botswana, Kenya, South Africa, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe were in attendance. 

-Polska Akademia Nauk, celebrated its 50th anniversary on 9 December 2002 in Warsaw. Alexsander Kwasniewski, Poland's president, and Leszek Miller, Poland's prime minister, gave opening addresses.

-InterAcademy Council (IAC): The IAC's first study, focusing on science and technology capacity building, will be issued in early 2003. See for information.