The IAP Science Education Programme was launched in 2003. Its main focus is the promotion of inquiry-based science education (IBSE) - or "learning by doing" - especially for primary-school-aged children. It is also focused on improving science literacy among the general population.
Lead Academy: Akademi Sains Malaysia (ASM)
Chair of the Global Council (2013): Academician Dato Ir. (Dr) Lee Yee Cheong (Malaysia)
(Special Assistant to the Chair: Dato Dr. Sharifah Mamunah (Malaysia))
Guillermo Fernandez de la Garza (Mexico)
He Zhu (China)
Petra Skiebe-Corrette (Germany)
Mustafa El Tayeb (Sudan)
Carol O’Donnell (USA)
Manzoor H. Soomro (Pakistan)
Park Won-Hoon (Korea)
Hazami Habib (Malaysia)
Aphiya Hathayatham (Thailand)
Norma Nudelman (Argentina)
R. Indarjani (Indonesia)
IAP Regional Network SEP Coordinators: Shelley Peers (Australia); Giancarlo Vecchio (Italy); Carlos Bosch-Giral (Mexico); Elly Sabiiti (Uganda).
IAP for Health: Mario Stefanini (Italy)
Immediate Past SEP Chair: Pierre Lena (France)
Global Young Academy former Co-chair: Orakanoke Phanraksa (Thailand)
SEP Secretary: Peter McGrath (IAP)
International Advisory Board : *
Bruce Alberts (USA)
Yves Quere (France)
Wei Yu (China)
Zakri Hamid (Malaysia)
Wynne Harlen (UK)
Jorge Allende (Chile)
Daya Reddy (South Africa)
Hubert Dyasi (USA)
Ahmadou Wague (Senegal)
Hong Lee Pee (Malaysia)
Sameh Soror (Egypt)
* Former members of the International Advisory Board included Alan Finkel (Australia).
Follow the link HERE to the profiles of the SEP Global Council Members
Established by Jorge Allende (Chile) in 2003, the IAP Science Education Programme achieved a remarkable set of actions in 2003-2008, as well throughout the period 2009-2010. Pierre Lena (Académie des sciences, France) was Chair of the Global Council from 2010-2013.
News in 2016:
The ECO Science Foundation, which represents 10 countries in the west/central Asia region, also promotes inquiry-based science education (IBSE) through workshops and other events. A report of its 2016 activities is available HERE.
The IAP SEP was invited to participate in a special session on 'Risk Communication on Public Issue: Mosquito-borne diseases - a case study' at the recent National Science and Technology Fair in Thailand. For a full report, see HERE.
The IAP biennial science education conference took place on 14-15 April. The international conference focused on 'Improving the Learning of Biology and Related Sciences at the Pre-University Level', and was hosted at the University of Chile in the country’s capital city, Santiago. For a full report, see HERE.
On 5 April 2016, the International Science, Technology and Innovation Centre for South-South Cooperation (ISTIC) hosted a forum at UNESCO headquarters in Paris on ‘Embracing the Future: Improving the quality of science instruction in schools’. For a full report, see HERE.
News in 2015:
On 13-15 November 2015, the Pontifical Academy of Sciences hosted a workshop on Children and Sustainable Development: A Challenge for Education. Among the invitees was Dato Lee Yee Cheong, chair of the IAP Science Education Programme (SEP) Global Council. His presentation, which focused on the 2015-2030 Sustainable Development Goals, can be downloaded HERE.
In May this year, a series of scientific events were hosted in the Malaysian capital, Kuala Lumpur. At the core was the meeting of the Science Advisory Board to UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon, chaired by Jörg Hacker of the German National Academy of Sciences, Leopoldina, and Abdul Hamid Zakri, science adviser to the Malaysian Prime Minister, and organized by UNESCO Director General, Irina Bokova.
In parallel, IAP joined with ISTIC [www.istic-unesco.org], the Malaysian Academy of Sciences, and Malaysian government agencies to organize the International Science, Technology and Engineering (STEM) High Level Policy Forum on ‘Evidence Based Science Education in Developing Countries’. The forum, which took place on 26-27 May, was attended by some 160 people from 19 countries. Among them was IAP co-chair, Mohamed Hassan, who gave the opening address.
The IAP Science Education Programme (SEP) Global Council also met on 26 May in Kuala Lumpur. For a detailed report of the events, follow the link HERE.
Follow the link HERE for the presentations which took place at the International STEM High Level Policy Forum on Evidence-Based Science Education in Developing Countries (26- 27 May 2015).
An album of images of the events which took place in Kuala Lumpur, including a visit to a local primary school, are available in the box below.
Follow the link HERE for an overview of activities implemented in 2014, 2013 and in previous years, for more links, products and articles.