The IAP Executive Committee, at its meeting during the IAP/IAMP/IAC Joint Session in New Delhi in 2015, allocated financial support, thanks to the generosity of IAP's principal donor, the Government of Italy, to the IAP affiliated regional networks, in addition to some individual projects submitted by the IAP membership.Here follow some highlights of activities planned for 2016:
Association of Academies and Societies of Sciences in Asia (AASSA)
AASSA’s activities and projects focus mainly on the following topics:
- Sustainable Development in Asia (SDA)
- Science Education in Asia and the Pacific (SEAP)
- Women in Science and Engineering (WISE)
- Economic Advancement through Science, Technology and Innovation (EASTI)
AASSA’s activities and projects are jointly carried out to pursue followings:
- To develop cooperation in the domain of science and technology and create a network of interdisciplinary and international contacts among academies in Asia and Australasia;
- To provide advice on the role of science and technology in the national innovation systems of member countries;
- To help initiate and conduct studies and research on scientific and technological issues, and their economic and social implications relevant to national development agenda of member countries;
- To facilitate exchange of scientists and information among the AASSA countries in cooperation with international scientific organizations.
In general, projects and workshops will lead to the production of reports and resolutions which will be distributed to member academies and related organizations for sharing information. For more information visit http://aassa.asia/
European Academies' Science Advisory Council (EASAC)
- Publication of EASAC’s report on ‘Gain of Function’ (in virology) and several follow-up activities at national and European level
- Start working on the IAP-coordinated project ‘Food and nutrition security and agriculture’ at the end of 2015. The first meeting of the European working group took place in April 2016.
- Start a new project on ‘Personalised Medicine’, building on the work that European academies have already done in this area. Two working group meetings will take place in 2016, with a report ready in early 2017.
- Another project in 2016 is a statement on ‘Alternative Medicine’, led by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. EASAC will present a statement before the end of 2016.
- In 2016 EASAC will complete its project on ‘Electricity Storage’ (started in April 2015), hoping to present its science-based recommendations to a European public by October 2016.
- Working together, EASAC’s Energy and Environment Steering Panels will complete their work on ‘Sustainable Forests’, aiming to launch their report in late 2016.
- In 2016 the EASAC expert group on ‘Smart Villages’ will have been able to condense the main learnings from a series of workshops (funded by the John Templeton Foundation) into recommendations to policy-makers in Europe.
- The study on ‘Circular Economy’, on which a statement was published by EASAC in November 2015, will be continued in 2016 with a focus on five areas: indicators for a circular economy, waste-based bio-economy, criteria for prioritising recycling based on scarcity, eco-design, and case studies of successful applications of the circular economy in industry. It is hoped that a final report can be published by the end of the year.
For more information visit http://www.easac.eu/
InterAmerican Network of Academies of Sciences (IANAS)
The six activities within the IANAS region are:
- Capacity Building: This activity provides core support for IANAS Governance such as meetings of the Executive Committee (EC) and General Assembly and for central functions such as partial support for the IANAS web page. Under IAP strategic priorities 1 and 3 IANAS proposes to organize a special workshop for the Caribbean region to promote science and technology capacity in economic development.
- Women for Science Programme. A priority for 2016 will be to encourage academies to create their own WfS committees and webpage with the goal of increasing the visibility of and opportunities for women scientists in the academies. The programme plans to release a magazine publication entitled ‘Young Women Scientists: A bright future for the Americas’ on 8 March 2016, International Women’s Day.
- The Science Education Programme (SEP). As part of the Millennium Project, the SEP will produce a publication ‘Ten years of the IANAS Science Education Program in the Americas’ presenting the different experiences of the academies in implementing the IBSE model.
- Water Programme. IANAS will initiate a new book project on ‘Water Quality in the Americas’ that will assess issues on water quality and provide solutions to improving water quality in the Americas, where water borne diseases are still a major issue.
- Energy Programme. A joint workshop between the Energy and Water Programmes is planned for 2016 to explore the interactions between water and energy, to improve efficiencies in both sectors. IANAS anticipates that this workshop will lay the groundwork for a future IANAS publication.
- General Assembly: In accordance with the IANAS Statues, a General Assembly will be held on May 6-7, in Rio de Janeiro.
For more information visit http://www.ianas.org
Network of African Science Academies (NASAC)
- Launch science-policy advice on Agricultural Biotechnology and Climate Change Adaptation in Africa by hosting two high-profile science-policy dialogue events in 2016.
- Strengthen member-academies’ operational capacities by providing capacity building grants to NASAC member academies.
- Revamp the work of the NASAC Women for Science Working Group by developing operational guidelines for the Women for Science Working Group (WfS WG) and enhance their roles within science academies.
- Develop a policymakers’ booklet within the context of the IAP Food and Nutrition Security and Agriculture (FNSA) Project - FNSA for Africa
For more information on NASAC, visit: http://www.nasaconline.org
InterAcademy Medical Panel (IAMP)
IAP continues to provide IAMP with funds to support health oriented projects such as the social determinants of health inequalities, human genome editing and waterborne diseases. IAMP also receives funds from other donors to coordinate programmes such as the annual Young Physician Leaders programme, which this year will be hold a 5th anniversary event at the World Health Assembly in Geneva. For more information visit www.iamp-online.org
Additional projects supported by IAP in 2016 include:
WORKSHOP ON RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT IN NATURAL PRODUCTS
The Nepal Academy of Science & Technology (NAST) will organize a workshop on ‘Economic Prosperity through Research and development in Natural Products’ on behalf of the Association of Societies and Academies of Science in Asia (AASSA), scheduled for 29-31 April in Kathmandu. The meeting will lead to a report and resolutions which will be distributed to member academies and other relevant organizations.
YOUNG SCIENTISTS CONGRESS AND MENTOR-MENTEE PROGRAMME
The Bangladesh Academy of Sciences (BAS) has been working to promote excellence in science education and research, and particularly to build the capacity of young scientists of the country. Within this context, IAP is providing funds to support a Young Scientists Congress and Mentor-Mentee Programme for young women scientists.
GLOBAL YOUNG ACADEMY ACTIVITIES
The International Conference of Young Scientists and Annual General Meeting of the GYA 2016 in Kayseri Turkey (25-29 May 2016). The International Conference of Young Scientists and Annual General Meeting (AGM) is the annual key event of the Global Young Academy (GYA) and its main meeting in which the members can work together on the goals of GYA. It will bring together about 100 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. About half of them will be from developing countries. The conference theme 2016 is ‘Bridging Worlds through Science’. Training for GYA members will likely precede the conference. While most of GYA members from developed countries self-finance their travel, travel co-funding will be used with priority for people from developing countries. For more information visit http://www.globalyoungacademy.net/
DISASTER RISK REDUCTION
The Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei will organize an international symposium in October 2016 on the 50th anniversary of the Florence flood. This event is organized within the context of the UN Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction and in particular with regard to the resilience of art cities to natural disasters.
SCIENCE EDUCATION PROGRAMME (SEP)
The Academy of Sciences of Malaysia (ASM) will manage the funds provided to cover the travel costs of IAP SEP Global Council members attending the international Conference on “Improving the Learning of Biology and Related Sciences at the Pre-University Level” and the IAP SEP 2016 Global Council meeting which will be held on 14-15 April 2016, Santiago, Chile.
Funds for a workshop for IAP SEP Coordinators of IAP regional networks and member academies. Funds to support 4 STEM workshops in 2016 in 4 member states of the Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) Science Foundation (ECOSF): Pakistan, Iran, Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan.