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The Executive Committee (EC) meeting, generously hosted by the Australian Academy of Science, took place in September 2007 in Canberra. IAP’s scientific programmatic agenda for 2008 was adopted at the meeting.
Based on a competitive review process, the following proposals will receive funding:

  • Scientific Communication for Young Scientists: IAMP· Promoting Access To and Use of Digital Knowledge Resources and Infrastructures: Focus on Countries
  • With Developing and Transitional Economies: US NAS
  • Regional Science Education Programme in Asia and Pacific: AASA/FASAS
  • Regional Programme on Science Education: IANAS
  • Promoting Best Practices In Science Education In Sub-Saharan Africa: Uganda National Academy of Science and NASAC
  • Bridging Water Research and Management: Enhancing Global Capacity: Brazilian Academy of Sciences
  • Biosecurity: Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW)

Details of the above are available on the website. Current programmes and initiatives will conclude by July 2008. Key products (for example, toolkits, websites, reports and statements) related to the activities will be made available to IAP membership. IAP’s flagship programme, Capacity Building for Academies, will continue in 2008.

The next call for proposals will be issued this spring. This will allow more time for reviewers to provide feedback. The EC will take a decision at its meeting in autumn 2008. We were encouraged by IAP member participation in the first call and we hope the next call will generate even more interest.

Following the recommendations of the membership committee, the EC agreed to accept the Montenegrin Academy of Sciences and Arts, Mauritius Academy of Science and Technology and Sudanese National Academy of Science as members. IAP's membership now totals 97. The Network of Academies of Science in OIC Countries (NASIC) has joined IAP as an observer. The Hassan II Academy of Science and Technology has replaced the Academy of the Kingdom of Morocco as an IAP member by mutual agreement. Representatives at the next General Assembly will be asked to confirm the new members.

We look forward to your participation in IAP activities throughout 2008 and wish you all a Happy New Year!

Chen Zhu and Howard Alper
IAP Co-chairs

Calendar 2008

30-31 January 2008: EC Meeting, Amsterdam, which will include a joint session with IAC Board.

IAP Programmes and Initiatives

Water Research and Management ...
The US NAS has launched an interactive website and released a DVD, 'Safe Drinking Water is Essential'. Users can explore explanations of health problems related to water and examine strategies for providing safe drinking water. See: www.drinkingwater.org. IAP members have been sent DVDs. For additional copies, contact jboright@nas.edu.

Science Education (regional activities) ...
AASA and FASAS jointly organized an international conference, Science Education in Asia-Pacific, in Bangkok, 28-29 November 2007. The Thai Academy of Science and Technology and Science Society of Thailand sponsored a conference session examining the role of science academies and science societies in science education. For more information, contact: aasa@kast.or.kr

Notice Board

Events and lectures that took place at the IAP Conference, The Unity of Science, held in Alexandria, Egypt, in 2006 can now be viewed on the IAP website.

US NAS has published a report, Science, Evolution, and Creationism, in collaboration with the US Institute of Medicine. The report explains the scientific evidence behind the theory of evolution and examines various forms of creationism, including 'intelligent design'. A summary is available at: www.nap.edu/catalog.php?record_id=11876#description

Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe has adopted a resolution highlighting the dangers that creationism poses for education. The resolution makes reference to the IAP statement on the teaching of evolution issued in 2006. Copies of the resolution are available from the IAP Secretariat or can be viewed on the IAP website.

Royal Society, UK, invites nominations for the Pfizer Award 2008. The award, sponsored by Pfizer Ltd, recognizes innovative contributions to biological science, including basic medical science. It is open to research scientists in Africa who are in the early stages of their careers. For more information, see: www.royalsociety.org/pfizer. Nominations must be received by 25 February 2008.

National Academy of Exact, Physical and Natural Sciences, Argentina, organized the 3rd Latin American Course of Sustainable Chemistry, in Corrientes, 7-12 October 2007. The course took place in conjunction with the 1st Annual Meeting on Environmental Preservation. For more information, contact: acad@ancefn.org.ar or see: www.ancefn.org.ar

Polish Academy of Sciences organized an international conference, Advancement of Science and the Dilemma of Dual Use, in Warsaw, 9-10 November 2007. The conference examined the potential misuse of research results that may constitute a peril for international security. For details, see: www.pan.pl

Latvian Academy of Sciences organized the XI Baltic Conference on Intellectual Cooperation National Development Strategies of the Baltic States, in Riga, on 9-10 October 2007. The conference was attended by representatives from the Estonian, Lithuanian, Swedish and Finnish academies. Two resolutions – on Baltic energy issues and science and the humanities in Baltic countries – were issued. For additional information, contact: lza@lza.lv

Academy of Athens has published the proceedings of the IAP-sponsored symposium, Science, Technology and Human Values, organized in May 2007. For more information, contact: info@academyofathens.gr

Academy of Sciences of Moldova organized an international symposium, NANO 2007, on 20-22 September, in Chisinau. The symposium, attended by prominent researchers from Australia, Belarus, Italy, Germany, Moldova, Romania, Russia, Slovenia and Ukraine, received support from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. For additional information, contact: intcol@asm.md

Islamic World Academy of Sciences, in association with the Statistical, Economic and Social Research and Training Centre for Islamic Countries in Ankara, Turkey, has published the results of a survey on university ranking in OIC countries. The report is available at: www.sesrtcic.org/files/article/232.pdf

In the news ...

SciDev.Net, a webportal dedicated to science and economic development issues, reported on the 3rd African Science Academy Development Initiative (ASADI) conference, held in Dakar, Senegal, 12-15 November 2007. This year's conference focused on ways to combat disease by providing clean water and improving sanitation.
See: www.scidev.net/content/news/eng/policy-advice-poseschallenge-for-africa-academies.cfm.
Also see SciDev.Net’s ‘Spotlight on Science in the Islamic World’, at: www.scidev.net/dossiers/index.cfm?fuseaction=specifictopics&dossier=13&topic=196&CFID=7159693&CFTOKEN=45122840.
The series included an article by TWAS executive director Mohamed H.A. Hassan.

News from observers

InterAcademy Council (IAC) has released its latest report, Lighting the Way. The report, commissioned by the governments of Brazil and China, provides a scientific roadmap for directing global energy development. Copies have been sent to all IAP members. The text can also be downloaded at: www.interacademycouncil.net.

International Council for Science's (ICSU) new headquarters is located at: 5 rue Auguste Vacquerie, 75016 Paris. See: www.icsu.org/7_contact/CONTACT.html

Appointments/Honours

  • Giorgi Stardelov has been appointed president of the Macedonian Academy of Sciences and Arts. He replaces Cvetan Grozdanov.
  • M. Vijayan has been appointed president of the Indian National Science Academy (INSA). He replaces R. A. Mashelkar
  • Guy Laval has been appointed foreign secretary of the Académie des Sciences, France. He replaces André Capron.
  • Günter Stock has been appointed president of the Union of German Academies of Sciences and Humanities. He replaces Gerhard Gottschalk.

Contacts

Co-chairs:
Chen Zhu, China
tel: +86 10 6859-7246; fax: +86 10 6851-1095
email: zywang@cashq.ac.cn
Howard Alper, Canada
tel: +1 613 991 9005; fax: +1 613 991 6996
email: Howard.alper@uottawa.ca

Secretariat:
M.H.A. Hassan (TWAS Executive Director)
J.C.R. Lacey (IAP Senior Project Assistant)
tel: +39 040 2240-680/681; fax: +39 040 2240-688
email: iap@twas.org
M. Kareithi (IAP Project Assistant) - email: kareithi@twas.org
D. Schaffer (media) - email: schaffer@twas.org