News Archive 2007

DECEMBER 2007

Call for Papers ... "Science with Africa",  Addis Ababa, Ethiopia: 3-7 March 2008

The UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and Intelligence in Science (ISC) are inviting submissions of  papers for the conference “Science with Africa”. The conference aims to explore how African science based entities can increase their collaboration with and participation in international science, technology, innovation and R&D projects. The conference will bring together African and international scientists conducting research in Africa, experts in the areas of science project management, dissemination, partnering, intellectual property, patents, research management and the commercialisation of R&D.For information, see: www.sciencewithafrica.com or contact:  arne.koeppel@iscintelligence.com

NOVEMBER 2007

The Women’s Health Education Programme (WHEP) has launched an initiative to encourage innovative educational projects for women's health. To date, the 'WHEP Label' has been awarded to projects to be carried out in Morocco and the Philippines. Each will receive incentive funding.  WHEP is coordinated by the Académie des Sciences, France.

For more information, see: www.whep.info/spip.php?article73

OCTOBER 2007

- The Delegation of the Finnish Academies of Science and Letters announced that a total of 99 individuals have been nominated for the 2008 Millennium Technology Prize, with candidates being proposed by 88 organisations in 27 countries. The world’s biggest technology award will be presented by Tarja Halonen, President of Finland, in June 2008. For information, see: http://www.milleniumprize.fi/

- TWAS held an international workshop on "Cities, Science and Sustainability" in Trieste, Italy, 20-22 September 2007. The initiative was a collaborative effort with the Consortium for Science, Technology and Innovation for the South (COSTIS) and the United Nations Development Programme's special unit for South-South Cooperation (UNDP-SSC). Case studies presented at the workshop will be edited before being published as part of the "Sharing Innovative Experiences" series of books produced by TWAS, UNDP-SSC and other partners. For more information, contact: cities@twas.org.

SEPTEMBER 2007

- Access to Scientific Information: The US National Academy of Sciences (NAS), lead academy for this initiative, will survey IAP members in September concerning information about academy communication technologies and online information-access policies. For more information, contact: PUhlir@nas.edu

- Natural Disaster Mitigation:Chinese Academy of Sciences, lead academy for this initiative, is organizing an international workshop on Natural Disasters and Emergency Management, 22-24 September, in Beijing. The workshop is designed for researchers, emergency managers and practitioners. For more information, contact: disaster07@tom.com, or see: www.nerss.cn/workshop07/defalt(e).html

- Executive Committee Meeting: 25-26 September: Australian Academy of Science, Canberra

- The Australian Academy of Science Shine Dome is one of four iconic buildings from the last 50 years selected by the Australia Post to appear on the stamp issue Landmarks: Australian Modernist Architecture. The other buildings are: Former ICI House, Melbourne; Council House, Perth; and the Sydney Opera House. For more information, contact: nancy.pritchard@science.org.au

- The Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Tajikistan is organizing an international conference in Dushanbe, 7-8 September to celebrate the 800th anniversary of the birth of the famed poet and prominent thinker, Mavlana Jalaliddin Rumi. For more information, contact: tacikistan@da.com.tr

AUGUST 2007

IAP Co-Chairs appointments ...  Chen Zhu,  former vice president of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, has been appointed minister of health of China. Howard Alper has been appointed chair of the Government of Canada's new Science, Technology, and Innovation Council.

- The Academy of Sciences for the Developing World (TWAS) has entered into agreements with the Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science (IACS), Kolkata, India, the National Centre of Excellence in Molecular Biology (CEMB), Lahore, Pakistan, and the International Centre for Chemical and Biological Sciences (ICCBS), which includes the HEJ Research Institute of Chemistry and the Dr. Panjwani Centre for Molecular and Drug Research, Karachi, Pakistan, to offer a number of postgraduate and postdoctoral fellowships to young scientists from developing countries. These three new programmes complement TWAS's current South-South fellowship programme. For terms and conditions, closing dates and to download application forms, please visit: www.twas.org/Exchange.

JULY 2007

- On the occaision of Scientific Revival Day of Africa on 30 June 2007, the Kenya National Academy of Sciences (KNAS) organized a regional workshop, 'The Role of Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST) and Pairing Scheme'. The initiative was based on The Royal Society model for pairing members of parliament with scientists. Participants included parliamentarians and scientists from Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and the UK. For additional information, contact: jomalo@uonbi.ac.ke, secretariat@knascience.org

- The Academy of Sciences and Arts of Bosnia and Herzegovina (ANUBiH) has prepared several reports based on the project, 'Ecosystems and Human Well-Being: Millennium Ecosystem Assessment'. The four-year initiative was launched by former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan. For more information, contact: akademija@anubih.ba

- The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters has awarded the Abel Prize for 2007 to Srinivasa S. R. Varadhan, Frank J. Gould professor, Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, New York, USA. The prize was presented by Norway's King Harald at a ceremony held in Oslo on 22 May. See: www.abelprisen.no/en/prisvinnere/2007/ for more information.

JUNE 2007

- The inauguration ceremony of the ICSU Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean was held on 18 April at the Brazilian Academy of Sciences. An international symposium, Priorities in Science and Technology in Latin America and the Caribbean, took place in conjunction with the event. For more information, contact: secretariat@icsu-lac.org.

- Water Research and Management: Proceedings of the regional workshop, organized by the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) and the Water Research Commission in Pretoria 16-18 August 2006, are now available. See www.assaf.co.za/other_reports.html or contact mcbs@abc.org.br

MAY 2007

- The G8 + 5 national science academies issue statements on energy and climate change ... and innovation and investment...

Leading scientists from around the world have demanded that governments unite in action on energy policy, to help reduce the damage of climate change, combining investment to harness the power of science with regulation to curb greenhouse gas emissions. In a statement presented to Angela Merkel, the German Chancellor, ahead of the G8 summit to be held in Germany in June this year, scientists highlight the weight of scientific evidence that points to the role of man made greenhouse gas emissions in recent global warming. The statement is signed by the national science academies of the G8 nations and China, Brazil, India, Mexico and South Africa. 

Statement on growth and responsibility: sustainability, energy efficiency and climate protection.

The same national science academies also issued a statement on innovation and the need to balance promotion and protection.  The statement calls for investment and international cooperation alongside a need to balance protection of intellectual property rights with free access to knowledge and information.

Statement on growth and responsibility: the promotion and protection of innovation.

- NASAC (the Network of African Science Academies) releases statement making the following recommendations to the leaders of the G8 countries ....  Increase national investment in science and technology; Establish research-intensive universities; Improve the ability of the African scientific community through the national academies of science; Develop a close consultation with the African Union to advance the goals in the "Science and Innovation for Africa" year 2007; Deal with challenges of infectious diseases through prevention and treatment; Provide financial, scientific and technical support for the African scientific community.

Dowload the joint statement by NASAC members to the G8 on sustainability, energy efficiency and climate change

- The 2007 Rhoda and Bernard Sarnat International Prize for Mental Health is an international award to recognize achievements in mental health.  The Institute of Medicine (IOM), Washington D.C., is accepting nominations for the Rhoda and Bernard Sarnat Award in Mental Health. The international award recognizes individuals, groups, or organizations for outstanding achievement in improving mental health and is accompanied by a medal and $20,000 US. Rhoda and Bernard Sarnat established the award in 1991 out of a commitment to improving the science base and delivery of mental health services. Deadline for submissions is May 31, 2007. For more information see: www.iom.edu/Sarnat.

APRIL 2007

- IAP CALL FOR PROPOSALS ... The programmes and strategic planning committee has prepared criteria and guidelines and IAP has issued a call for new proposals in line with new funding mechanisms that have been adopted for 2008. The submission date for new proposals is 31 May 2007. We would very much like to see proposals submitted by IAP's affiliated regional networks of academies of science and/or by groups of IAP academies with a strong geographical balance. For any queries, contact the IAP Secretariat. Members can access the file from the Members page on the website.

- Capacity Building. Representatives of the Network of African Science Academies (NASAC) visited the Royal Society (RS) in London from 9-13 October 2006. The visit, featuring meetings with RS staff, provided a first-hand perspective on Society activities. NASAC representatives also held meetings with UK government officials and staff, the scientific community and stakeholders. NASAC representatives have previously visited the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (2006) and the US National Academy of Sciences (NAS) (2001). For additional information, see: www.interacademies.net/?id=3485.

- Water Research and Management. The Brazilian Academy of Sciences is holding a meeting in Trieste, 29-31 May, to evaluate the results of regional workshops organized by IAP members in 2006 in China (June), Brazil (July), South Africa (August), Poland (September), and in 2007 in Jordan (March). The meeting is designed to help advance the programme’s plan of action for 2007-2008. For additional information, contact: mcbs@abc.org.br.

- Access to Scientific Information. A planning meeting will take place 16 May in Tshwane, South Africa, on 'Promoting Access To and Use of Digital Knowledge Resources In Countries With Developing and Transitional Economies: Role Of Science Academies In Africa'. The meeting, which is being organized by the Academy of Science of South Africa and NAS, will review this IAP initiative and develop an agenda for future activities. For information, contact: PUhlir@nas.edu. Presentations of the Dakar workshop, held in January 2006, are now available on the IAP website: www.interacademies.net/?id=7431.

- IANAS is holding a conference, 'Strengthening S&T in the Americas: A Tool for Development, Social Inclusion and Democracy', 7-9 June, on Margarita Island, Venezuela. Academia de Ciencias Físicas, Matemáticas y Naturales de Venezuela is hosting the event. The Caribbean Scientific Union will hold its annual meeting at the same location on 6 June. For additional information, contact: mcbs@abc.org.br / pastrana@ceniai.inf.cu

MARCH 2007

- The Hamdan Award for Volunteers in Humanitarian Medical Services is annually presented to four individuals (personalities or organizations, doctors or others) who provide important voluntary services and who significantly contribute to alleviating the suffering of a large number of human beings subjected to exceptional circumstances such as catastrophes, epidemics, famine, wars and natural calamities.
See http://www.hmaward.org.ae/site/award-intl-3.php for  more information or contact: shhaward@emirates.net.ae

In 2007, the prize amount is AED three hundred thousand (AED 300,000) (approx.US$ 82,000) to be awarded to 4 winners, 2 individuals are to receive AED fifty thousand each (AED 50,000) (approx. US$ 13,500) and 2 institutions are to receive AED one hundred thousand each (AED 100,000) (approx.US$ 27,000).
The last date for receiving the completed nomination was November 30, 2007.

- The PuRkwa Prize, worth 80,000 euros, is awarded every year by the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Mines of Saint-Etienne and the French Academy of Science for contributions to the awakening of a scientific spirit among children through innovative teaching methods.
The deadline for nominations is 15 April 2007.
For more information, see: http://www.emse.fr/en/news/purkwa.html.

- Press Releases: IAP Conference and General Assembly
IAP held its triennal International Conference on "The Unity of Science" and General Assembly in Alexandria, Egypt from 1-5 December 2006. Venue of the event was the Bibliotheca Alexandrina, the library complex built on the site of the Library of Alexandria, the world biggest library in ancient times.
* Latest Press Release (4 December 2006)
* Press Release of 2 December 2006
To have more information on the joint events and the city of Alexandria, visit the IAP meetings page.

- 31 March 2007 was the closing date for nominations for this year's TWAS's Trieste Science Prize and the TWAS Prizes for contributions in eight fields of basic and applied sciences.
For more information on the prizes and nomination procedures, visit the TWAS website under Activities/Awards and Prizes or contact: prizes@twas.org.

- The IAP Water Programme is requesting IAP member input for possible collaboration between IAP and the Global Health and Education Foundation (GHEF). Details are available at: www.interacademies.net/CMS/Programmes/3132.aspx.

- Women’s Health Education: The programme has recently launched a website that is available in English and French: www.whep.info

FEBRUARY 2007

- Pakistan Academy of Sciences, host to the Network of Academies of Science in OIC Countries (Organization of the Islamic Countries), held a satellite seminar “Intellectual Property Innovation: Value Creation in the Knowledge Economy”, 12-14 December 2006, Islamabad, in conjunction with NASIC’s 3rd general assembly. For information, contact: pasisb@yahoo.com.

JANUARY 2007

- IAP Statutes and Rules of Procedure
The IAP Statutes and Rules of Procedure were officially adopted by the IAP General Assembly at its session held on 5 December 2006, in Alexandria, Egypt.
The statutes comprising ten articles aim to regulate aspects such as the IAP establishment, its objectives, activities, membership, general assembly, co-chairs, executive committee, secretariat, external relations and funding.
The rules of procedure focus, in the first section, on election procedures relating to membership, executive committee, co-chairs and the general assembly's host country and in the second part, on IAP statements and other publications.

Statutes and Rules of Procedure

- IAP's new members
On the occasion of the IAP Conference and General Assembly in Alexandria, Egypt on 1-5 December 2006, two new members were welcomed to the IAP roster. IAP membership has grown to 94 with the addition of the Tanzania Academy of Sciences (TAAS) and The Islamic World Academy of Sciences (IAS), Jordan. 
There are also two new observers, namely the InterAcademy Medical Panel (IAMP) and the InterAmerican Network of Academies of Sciences (IANAS).

- For IAP members: Questionnaire on Biosecurity - extended deadline for response
Further to the endorsement of the IAP statement on biosecurity by 68 world ‘s science academies, the IAP Biosecurity Working Group (BWG) is interested in knowing what actions IAP member academies, as well as other national scientific organizations, communities of scientists and/or government authorities have undertaken in response to the statement.
For more information, visit the page of the IAP Initiative on Biosecurity.

Questionnaire on Biosecurity

- The IAP Conference “The Unity of Science” and 5th General Assembly was held at the Bibliotheca Alexandrina (the new Alexandria Library) from 1-5 December 2006. Representatives from more than 60 IAP member academies attended. On behalf of our membership, we would like to thank the staff of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina, and especially the library's director, Ismail Serageldin, for their warm and generous hospitality. We would also like to thank the speakers for their high-level presentations as well as the participants for helping to make the conference and assembly such a success. IAP Co-Chairs.

- The second focal point meeting for the IAP-NASAC Regional Science Education Programme of Africa was held on 11-12 December 2006 in Nairobi. Twelve academies from Africa were represented. Participating academies prepared proposals for activities to be undertaken under the Regional Programme for The Teaching of Science and Technology launched at a IAP-NASAC symposium held in Dakar, Senegal in March 2005.