The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) – for the advancement of science in developing countries

The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) – for the advancement of science in developing countries, (formerly the Third World Academy of Sciences) promotes scientific capacity and excellence in the South through the election of eminent scientists and the sponsorship of research grants, fellowships, awards, workshops and meetings. Founded in 1983, TWAS currently has 588 members from 76 countries. About 80% of its members are scientists from developing countries. The secretariat is located on the premises of the Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP) in Trieste, Italy. A major portion of TWAS funding is provided by the Italian Government. UNESCO is responsible for the administration of Academy funds and staff.

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    TWAS Newsletter

    Here you can see The Academy's quarterly magazine and download PDF files of individual articles and/or entire issues.

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    Inter-Academy Cooperation, TWAS and IAP

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    9 Mar 2012

    OWSD Fellowships 2012

    The OWSD fellowship is awarded to women scientists from Sub-Saharan Africa and Least Developed Countries (LDCs) to pursue a PhD at a centre of excellence in the South in a field of the natural sciences. Read More

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    1 Jan 2007

    OWSD fellowships 2012

    The OWSD fellowship is awarded to women scientists from Sub-Saharan Africa and Least Developed Countries (LDCs) to pursue a PhD at a centre of excellence in the South in a field of the natural sciences. Read More

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    13 May 2015

    TWAS Fellowships opportunities 2015

    The 2015 TWAS Fellowships call for applications is now open for the majority of the programmes. Follow the link for more information ... Read More

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    9 Mar 2011

    Innovations in Science and Technology in Developing Countries

    Innovations in Science and Technology in Developing Countries TWAS and ISTIC are collaborating on a project aimed at identifying, rewarding and disseminating best practices in the innovative use of science and technology in the development of new products, processes or services that have had ... Read More