The IAP Conference “The Unity of Science” and 5th General Assembly was held at the Bibliotheca Alexandrina (the new Alexandria Library) from 1-5 December 2006. Representatives from more than 60 IAP member academies attended. On behalf of our membership, we would like to thank the staff of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina, and especially the library's director, Ismail Serageldin, for their warm and generous hospitality. We would also like to thank the speakers for their high-level presentations as well as the participants for helping to make the conference and assembly such a success. As evidenced from the discussions that took place, the 'unity of science' is indeed thriving at IAP. Highlights of the events include:
- The farewell address of Yves Quéré, who has served as the co-chair of the IAP for the past 6 years. Quéré outlined the progress IAP has made in fulfilling its objectives to help members academies work together to advise citizens and public officials on the scientific aspects of critical global issues. He focused particular attention on IAP's efforts in helping to forge regional networks of science academies and its contributions to launching academies in nations where they did not exist. IAP member academies extend a hearty, welldeserved thankyou to Yves. We not only we wish him well in his future endeavours but also look forward to drawing on his enormous skills and experience in the future.
- Election of four new members to the IAP: Islamic World Academy of Sciences, Serbian Academy of Sciences, Tanzania Academy of Sciences and Zimbabwe Academy of Sciences. IAP's total membership now stands at 94.
- Approval of the Statutes and Rules of Procedure.
- Approval of the IAP Strategic Plan 2007-2009.
- Election of Howard Alper as new co-chair. Alper is Visiting Executive at the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), and Distinguished University Professor at the University of Ottawa, Canada. He is a former president and current foreign secretary of The Academies of Arts, Humanities and Sciences of Canada (RSC).
- Election of 11 members to the Executive Committee for 2007-2009.
- Approval of a communiqué in support of the Israel-Palestine Science Organization (IPSO) and especially the organization’s work in promoting peace through scientific cooperation.
IAP's level of activity and, more importantly, impact on science and society continue to grow. The executive committee will meet in Trieste in February to examine how IAP can take advantage of the momentum created in Alexandria to vigorously implement the plan of action outlined in the strategic plan. We welcome your comments and, of course, we will keep you apprised of our discussions.
Chen Zhu and Howard Alper
27-28 February 2007: IAP Executive Committee Meeting, Trieste
IAP Programmes and Initiatives
Science Education: The second focal point meeting for the IAP-NASAC Regional Science Education Programme of Africa was held on 11-12 December 2006 in Nairobi. Twelve academies from Africa were represented. Participating academies prepared proposals for activities to be undertaken under the Regional Programme for The Teaching of Science and Technology launched at a IAP-NASAC symposium held in Dakar, Senegal in March 2005.
IAP’s Working Group on International Collaboration in the Evaluation of Inquiry-Based Science Education (IBSE) has released a report based on discussions that took place at the international workshop on “Evaluation of Inquiry-Based Science Education” in Stockholm, in September 2005. The report is available on the IAP website.
Water Research and Management: The European Regional Centre for Ecohydrology (ERCE), European Academies' Science Advisory Council (EASAC) and the Polish Academy of Sciences sponsored a Regional Water Workshop in Lodz, Poland, 28-30 September 2006. The workshop examined the importance of coupling surface and groundwater research for long-term sustainable water management. For additional information, contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The IAP Water Programme is requesting IAP member input for possible collaboration between IAP and the Global Health and Education Foundation (GHEF). Details are on the IAP website: www.interacademies.net/CMS/Programmes/3132.aspx
Women’s Health Education: The programme has recently launched a website that is available in English and French. See: www.whep.info.
Biosecurity: The report of the workshop on scientific and technological developments relevant to the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention (BTWC) held at The Royal Society, UK, 4-6 September 2006, is available on the IAP website. Representatives to the United Nations Conference on Disarmament received copies of the report in time for the Sixth Review Conference that took place, 20 November - 8 December 2006, in Geneva.
The Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) is surveying IAP members to gauge the impact of the IAP biosecurity statement and actions IAP member academies have taken as a follow up to the statement. See the IAP website for details.
The Royal Society, UK, is accepting nominees for the 2007 Pfizer Award. The award is open to research scientists who have contributed to the biological sciences, including basic medical science, in ways that have had a positive impact on Africa. Closing date for nominations is 21 February 2007. For details, see: www.royalsoc.ac.uk/pfizer.
Uganda National Academy of Sciences held its annual conference and general meeting on 27 October 2006 in Kampala. Discussions focused on the findings of the InterAcademy Council (IAC) report, "Realizing the Promise and Potential of African Agriculture”. For information, contact: email@example.com.
Islamic World Academy of Sciences organized its 15th Science Conference on “Higher Education Excellence for Development in the Islamic World” in Ankara, from 7-10 November 2006, in collaboration with Bilkent University, Ankara. For information, contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Pakistan Academy of Sciences, host to the Network of Academies of Science in OIC Countries (Organization of the Islamic Countries), held a satellite seminar “Intellectual Property Innovation: Value Creation in the Knowledge Economy”, 12-14 December 2006, Islamabad, in conjunction with NASIC’s 3rd general assembly. For information, contact: email@example.com
Albanian Academy of Sciences organized the InterAcademy Council of SouthEastern Europe’s 3rd meeting, “Contribution of Academies of Sciences as Important Instrument for European Integration”, 10 November 2006. The science academies of Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia and Turkey adopted statutes for the organization and signed the Tirana Declaration, stressing regional cooperation. For more information, contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) has moved to the CSIR Campus, Building 53, 1st Floor Block C, South Gate-Mearing Naude Road, Pretoria 0184. The telephone number is +27 12 843 6490.
- Jacob Palis has been elected president of TWAS - The Academy of Sciences for the Developing World. He replaces C.N.R. Rao. I. Serageldin, Atta-ur-Rahman, Chunli Bai and Jorge Allende have been elected vice presidents, and Dorairajan Balasubramanian secretary general.
- Chi-Huey Wong has been elected president of Academia Sinica, China Taiwan. He replaces Yuan T. Lee. Chao-Han Liu and Andrew H.J. Wang have been elected vice presidents.
- Tara Dasgupta has been elected president of the Caribbean Academy of Sciences. He replaces Winston Mellowes.
- Ichiro Kanazawa has been elected president of the Science Council of Japan. He replaces Kiyoshi Kurokawa. Norihisa Doi has been elected vice president.
- David U.U Okali has been elected president of the Nigerian Academy of Sciences. He replaces Gabriel B. Ogunmola. O.L. Oke has been elected vice president.
- Jaime Rodriguez-Lara has been elected president of the Colombian Academy of Exact, Physical and Natural Sciences. He replaces Moisés Wasserman-Lerner. Xavier Caicedo-Ferrer has been elected vice-president.
- René Dändliker has been elected president of the Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences. He replaces Willi Roos.
- Kari Raivio has been elected president of The Delegation of the Finnish Academies of Science and Letters. He replaces Matti Klinge. Leif Andersson has been elected vice president.
Chen Zhu, China
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Howard Alper, Canada
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M.H.A. Hassan (TWAS Executive Director)
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D. Schaffer (TWAS/IAP Editor)