The IAP Executive Committee, at is meeting in Paris in November 2014, allocated financial support from IAP funds, thanks to the generosity of IAP's principal donor, the Government of Italy. Here follow some highlights of activities planned for 2015:
AASSA *, with the financial support of IAP, will continue to work on issues which are of interest to a large number of its member academies and societies. Activities range from capacity building to deliberations on pressing global problems such as sustainable inclusive development and the role of S&T. Challenging areas such as food security under changing climatic conditions, energy generation without environmental degradation, and tackling drug resistant infections will also be addressed at the regional level. Specific programmes include: Sustainable development in Asia, Science Education in Asia and the Pacific (SEAP), Women in Science and Engineering (WSE) and Economic Advancement through Science, Technology and Innovation. For information on events supported by IAP, visit: http://aassa.asia/
EASAC places great value on using its membership to produce science-based recommendations for policy formulation in Europe. In 2015, with the support of IAP, EASAC will continue its focus on biosciences, energy and the environment, thus building the capacity of EASAC members by involving them in producing science-based advice and engaging with policy-making communities and public. Through a horizon-scanning process, EASAC is also actively seeking science issues with a global dimension that can involve the other regional networks of IAP in the form of global statements and reports. For information and updates on programmes, visit: http://www.easac.eu/
IANAS will continue to run programmes on natural resource sustainability, concentrating on water issues and energy, with a focus on the interrelationship between water and energy. In 2015, IANAS will also focus on human resource development, by addressing women in science, and capacity building for new and/or weak academies. The IANAS Water Programme is also planning a series of regional workshops, supported by IAP, which aim to develop recommendations on how to best implement the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). For updates, visit: http://www.ianas.org
NASAC in 2015, with support funding from IAP, plans to implement a series of awareness creation workshops for Northern and Southern Africa to facilitate the creation of science academies in African countries where they do not currently exist. NASAC will also continue to work on strengthening member-academies’ operational capacities and promote science-policy advice on health issues in Africa.
Based on a model successfully implemented by IANAS in 2014, IAP is also supporting a workshop to be organized by NASAC on ‘Bridging Science and Policy to Enhance Water Security in Africa’ aimed at strengthening the communication between the scientific and policy making communities on this critical issue.
IAP is providing financial support to IAMP to run a series of activities in 2015, including examining traditional medicine, social determinants of health, urban health, hearing loss, and scientific writing. IAMP also receives funding from other donoros to run its annual Young Physician Leaders (YPL) programme and a number of other activities. For information on events supported by IAP, visit: www.iamp-online.org.
IAP continues to support young scientists and in 2015 will engage with the Global Young Academy (GYA) by supporting its International Conference of Young Scientists and Annual General Meeting (AGM). The Conference, on the theme ‘Innovation for Sustainable Globalization’, will take place in May 2015 in Montebello (Quebec) Canada, and will bring together some 80 young scientists from around the world who have been selected for academic excellence and commitment to service and are expected to be future science leaders both nationally and internationally.
With regards to statements and reports, IAP is also supporting a joint IAP/GYA project on waste management and the green economy. For updates, visit: http://www.globalyoungacademy.net/
In addition to the above, the IAP Executive Committee also approved financial support to the IAP Global Science Education Programme which is currently coordinated by the Akademi Sains Malaysia. Science education, with the inclusion of science literacy, continues to be a strategic priority of IAP. Funds allocated will primarily be used to support the SEP Global Council Meeting which is scheduled to take place during the 2015 UN Asia Pacific South-South Development Expo in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on the theme ‘Science, Technology and Innovation for the UN Post 2015 Development Agenda’.
Within the global programme, IAP is also supporting a follow-up conference of the African-European-Mediterranean Academies for Science Education (AEMASE), following the AEMASE conference which took place at the Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei in Rome, Italy. See: http://www.interacademies.net/ProjectsAndActivities/Projects/23007.aspx. This time, IAP member, the Académie des Sciences et Techniques du Sénégal (ASTS) will host the event in Dakar, Senegal.
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