The African European Mediterranean Academies for Science Education (AEMASE) network and ALLEA published the report on the International AEMASE Conference on Science Education in December 2014. The conference was held at the Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei, Italy, in May 2014. Copies are available from the IAP Secretariat.
In December 2014, the Science Council of Japan (SCJ) released a statement on Enhancing the Integrity of Scientific Research, in collaboration with the Japan Association of National Universities (JANU), Japan Association of Public Universities (JAPU), and Federation of Japanese Private Colleges and Universities Associations (FJPCUA).
In December 2014, the Royal Society (UK) published a report on “Resilience to extreme weather”. The report explores the risks posed by extreme weather now and in the future. It also examines how the impact of extreme weather can be reduced: from specific physical defenses against floods, droughts and heatwaves, to more general principles for building resilience at global, national and local levels.
In November 2014, the Academy of Sciences of Nicaragua hosted the international workshop on ‘Major Scientific and Technical Issues associated with the Interoceanic Canal through Nicaragua’ in Managua. The workshop was co-organized by the InterAmerican Network of Academies of Science (IANAS) and the International Council for Science - Regional Office for Latin American and the Caribbean (ICSU-LAC).
In October 2014, a Statement was released by the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, the Union of the German Academies of Sciences and Humanities and acatech – the German Academy of Science and Engineering, in which they call for consequences from the Ebola virus epidemic to be taken and for future preparedness to be increased by medical and social science research in this area.
More than 130 participants attended the IAP Science Education Programme (SEP) Biennial Conference, held in Beijing, China in October 2014. At the close of the meeting, members of IAP's SEP Global Council issued the 'Beijing Declaration'. The Declaration, subsequently endorsed by the EC, calls on member academies, governments, the private sector and UNESCO to strengthen science education around the world - with a focus on the proven methods of inquiry-based science education (IBSE).
|A new website has been established for the IAP Biosecurity Working Group (BWG), coordinated by the Polish Academy of Sciences. The BWG was created by IAP in 2004 to bring the scientific and international community together to develop responses to dual use issues in the life sciences.
SCIENCE FOR POVERTY ERADICATION
The IAP Conference "Science for Poverty Eradication and Sustainable Development: a Call for Action" took place in Manaus, Brazil, on 3-5 December 2014. Coordinated by the Brazilian Academy of Sciences and organized by the IAP Science for Poverty Eradication Committee (SPEC), the conference brought together 30 experts from 23 different countries to discuss critical issues that severely impact the poor. Throughout the event, the mobilization of the international scientific community in the efforts to help eradicate poverty and contribute to the design of the Post 2015 Development Agenda, and subsequent implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals, was seen as a paramount challenge. Engaging the world’s science academies in this process is an important step in this direction, and is part of SPEC‘s core mission.
FROM IAP NETWORKS
AASSA held its 3rd General Assembly in October 2014 at the Indian National Science Academy in New Delhi. Among other things, the network’s science advice activities and global knowledge syntheses were discussed. Krishan Lal, immediate past president of INSA, was elected President of AASSA.
EASAC published a report on ‘Shale Gas Extraction’ and launched its report on ‘Antimicrobial Drug Discovery’ with a discussion event in Brussels in December 2014. Panelists included MEPs, and scientists as well as pharmaceutical company representatives.
IAC released its review on the African Science Academy Development Initiative (ASADI) undertaken following a request from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The review was released during the 10th Annual Meeting of African Science Academies (AMASA 10) in Kampala, Uganda, November 2014 and includes recommendations for the African science academies to help build on the success of ASADI.
IANAS and the Royal Society of Canada held a ‘Women for Sciences’ focal points meeting in Ottawa, Canada, in September 2014, which discussed the final stages for the publication of ‘Challenges and lives of young women scientists of the Americas’.
NASAC launched its policymakers’ booklet on water, with funding from IAP, the Dutch and German ministries and the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, in Rabat, Morocco, during the Water Session of the 3rd Ministerial Forum on STI in October 2014.
IAMP organized the 4th IAMP Young Physician Leaders (YPL) Programme in October 2014 in conjunction with the annual World Health Summit in Berlin, Germany. A group of 20 Young Physician Leaders from 16 countries were nominated by IAMP member academies, and were joined by four alumni from previous editions of the training workshops.
IAP YOUNG SCIENTISTS ACTIVITIES & GLOBAL YOUNG ACADEMY (GYA)
In 2015, IAP’s Young Scientist Programme will take place as a side event during the World Science Forum (4-7 November 2015) in Budapest, Hungary. A call to IAP member academies to nominate excellent young scientists will be issued in early 2015. IAP will select 20-25 of the top nominations in consultation with the Hungarian Academy of Sciences.
The Global Young Academy issued a call to the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to integrate science in the UN Post-2015 Development Agenda in December 2014. The letter, written in response to the report by the UN’s High-Level Panel of Eminent Persons on the Post-2015 Development Agenda, stressed the importance of science for achieving sustainability and poverty reduction and contains five recommendations.
UPDATES FROM THE IAP SECRETARIAT
IAP’s first-ever Annual Report provides an overview of IAP activities in 2013, with specific sections on activities by affiliated regional networks AASSA, EASAC, IANAS, and NASAC, and by the thematic networks IAMP and IAC.
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