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the InterAcademy Partnership is delighted to share its latest news bulletin with you.

IAP COVID-19 Expert Group launched

The IAP COVID-19 Expert Group, a Group charged with responding to inquiries routed through academies related to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic across a broad range of health, social, environmental and other direct and indirect consequences. It brings a wealth of multi-disciplinary expertise to academies in all member countries, and through it IAP aims to facilitate the sharing of ideas, information and recommendations among countries and regions to support the evidence-based response to and recovery from the pandemic. Read the news.

IAP released this video as part of a social media campaign.

COVID-19 recovery must be green

The pandemic is imposing devastating health and social costs worldwide. At the same time, the climate emergency demands urgent and resolute action. The key message of the the IAP communiqué Global Green Recovery After COVID-19: Using scientific advice to ensure social equity, planetary human health, and economic benefits (availalbe also in Japanese) in is that only a low-carbon recovery can generate co-benefits for social equity, the environment, and human health. Read the press release.


Cutting corners in the race for a COVID-19 vaccine, anti-vaxxers, and vaccine nationalism are all a public health threat

No corners should be cut in assessing the safety and efficacy of any candidate COVID-19 vaccines. We must oppose the misinformation espoused by the vocal anti-vaccine lobbies. Any successful vaccine must be made available on the basis of equity, ethics and public health needs. These are crucial actions in the global fight against COVID-19 according to the new IAP Communiqué on the Development and Distribution of Vaccines against COVID-19. Read the press release.


To what extent are predatory publishing practices a real problem?

The second tranche of meetings of the IAP Working Group (WG) leading 'Combatting Predatory Academic Journals and Conferences' took place last month, following an intense period of sub-group working to further scope the project and interrogate published literature. The project has entered an important period of evidence-gathering.


TWAS, IAP and ISC initiate new project for displaced scientists

This new project will develop proposals for a coordinated response to support researchers who are displaced by crises to stay on their feet and continue their careers: discover it here.


IAP Young Physician Leaders (YPL) alumni

 YPL alumni from all over the world are on the frontline of the global fight against the nover coronavirus. In July, the 2019 cohort hosted a Global Ward Round, and the engagement centered around country responses to COVID-19 and presentations were made from alumni from Ghana, Italy, India, Mongolia, Morocco, Nepal, Philippines, South Africa, and Thailand.

Here is some more news from the network:


One Belt One Road Fusion of Civilisations Education Curriculum

Its aim is to help school children across many Asian and African countries understand the contributions that their cultures and civilisations have provided to scientific thinking. Read this teaching resource here.


Neonicotinoids in Africa

Consistent continent-wide regulatory systems are essential for sustainable agriculture, write Michael Norton (EASAC), Khutso Phalane (ASSAf), and Nina Hobbhahn (EASAC) in this comment. Read the comment here.


Towards policies that capture the expected value of biomolecular diversity for drug discovery, human health, and well‑being

This GYA paper aims to help policy makers with a characterization of the intrinsic value of biodiversity and its role as a critical foundation for sustainable development, human health, and well-being. Read the paper here.


GYA Anti-discrimination Statement

At the e-Annual General Meeting (e-AGM) in June 2020, GYA members decided on three focus areas as priority topics for the GYA to work on towards implementation of the new five-year Strategic Plan, which was launched at the e-AGM. Read the statement here.


NASAC statement on Human Rights

The Network of African Science Academies (NASAC) aspires to make the “voice of science” heard by policy- and decision-makers within Africa and worldwide. Read the statement here.


Advancing the 2020 Agenda in African Cities through Knowledge Co-Production

To stimulate the new evidence required for practice and policy-making in sustainable urban development, the International Science Council (ISC) has implemented Leading Integrated Research for Agenda 2030 in Africa (LIRA 2030 Africa), a five-year research programme running from January 2016 to December 2020, in partnership with the Network of African Science Academies (NASAC). Read the publication here.


IAP input into the UNESCO Open Science Recommendation

To prepare this document to inform UNESCO’s development of the Open Science Recommendation from the perspective of our global network of academies, IAP members nominated experts to constitute an international working group. Read it here.


Assessing the Risks and Benefits of Advances in Science and Technology: Exploring the Potential of Qualitative Frameworks

Continuing rapid advances in science and technology both pose potential risks and offer potential benefits for the effective implementation of the Biological Weapons Convention (BWC). Read the article co-authored by members of the IAP Biosecurity Working Group here.


Designing inter-regional engagement to inform cohesive policy making

This article reviews IAP's Food and Nutrition Securitu and Agriculture project model. Read the article here.


Science, Technology & Innovation for Food Security & Poverty Alleviation in Africa

The Fifteenth Annual Meeting of African Science Academies (AMASA-15) was held in Accra, Ghana on 13–16 November 2019. The primary focus of the AMASA-15 was to discuss how science, technology and innovation can be utilised to address issues of food security and poverty alleviation in Africa. The theme of the meeting was, ‘Science, Technology and Innovation for Food Security and Poverty Alleviation in Africa: The Role of Academies’. Read the report by the Network of African Science Academies (NASAC) here.


A snapshot of Climate Change Education Initiatives in Europe. Initial findings and implications for future Climate Change Education

This ALLEA report contains recommendations based on an on-line survey of existing initiatives complemented by educational research literature and the expertise of the scholars who conducted this work. Read it here.


Coronavirus Pandemic: Medical Care and Patient-Oriented Research in an Adaptive Healthcare System

This paper by the German Academy of Sciences, Leopoldina, focuses on short- and medium-term aspects of medical and care services under the conditions of a sustained pandemic and identifies long-term measures that lead to a more resilient and adaptive healthcare system. Read the paper.


How can science help to guide the European Union’s green recovery after COVID-19?

The European Academies of Science (EASAC) draws upon its previous work on assessing energy, environmental and health priorities to advise on some of the key issues for rebuilding economies to deliver benefits fairly for planetary and human health. Read the commentary.


 Research and Development goals for COVID-19 in Africa. The African Academy of Sciences Priority Setting Exercise

 Developing mechanisms to support coordinated collaboration and supporting basic science to identify new drug targets are some of Africa's R&D priorities for COVID-19 listed in this document. The primary priorities were identified from a webinar attended by 275 scientists and a survey of 844 respondents. Read the report by the African Academy of Sciences (AAS).


Biosecurity Diplomacy Workshop for Young Scientists from the Global South

The Implementation Support Unit (ISU) of the Biological Weapons Convention (BWC) and the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs (UNODA) are opened the call for applications to the 2020 – 2021 Biosecurity Diplomacy Workshop for Young Scientists from the Global South. Deadline for applications is 8 November 2020.


Call for nominations: IPBES workshop on modelling Nature Futures scenarios

Nominated experts should have recognized expertise related to a wide spectrum of models on biodiversity and ecosystem services across different scales and disciplines. Deadline for nominations: 09 November 2020.


Call for Case Studies on Responses to COVID-19 aimed at Improving and Sustaining Health Equity

From the Sustainable Health Equity Movement (SHEM) with the World Health Organization (WHO). Dealine is 31 October 2020.


Invitation to the Evidence Leaders Africa Virtual Conference

The two-day conference (3-4 November 2020) is part of the Evidence Leaders in Africa (ELA) initiative, which aims to inspire and empower African scholars to proactively engage governments to use science and innovation, as well as champion Evidence-Informed Decision-Making (EIDM). Register here.


OeAW's Prize Question 2020: What can science achieve during pandemics?

The Austrian Academy of Sciences (OeAW) will award a cash prize to the three best answers to the question "What can science achieve during pandemics?" The 1st prize is €12,000, the 2nd prize is €8,000, and the 3rd prize is €4,000: deadline to submit answers is 31 December 2020.


International Science Council Awards Programme

Celebrate excellence for the advancement of science as a global public good: submit nominations by 1 February 2021.

Latest News Highlights

IAP Annual Report 2019 published

It provides an overview of IAP activities in 2019, with specific sections on activities by affiliated regional networks AASSA, EASAC, IANAS, and NASAC. Read it here.


IAP Project on Climate Change and Health at the World Health Summit

On 26 October 2020 (12:30-02:00 PM CET), IAP will host an online session at the World Health Summit to resent and discuss preliminary findings its 'Climate Change and Health'  project. You can find the link to stream it here (no registration required).


IAP lands on LinkedIn

 Are you on LinkedIn? Simply click on https://www.linkedin.com/company/interacademypartnership/ and hit the “follow” button!


IAP Policy co-chair Richard Catlow knighted

The Foreign Secretary of the Royal Society is in the 2020 Queen’s Birthday Honours list. Read the news.


‘COVID-19! How Can I Protect Myself and Others’ has made it all of the way to students in Mexico

The new COVID-19 guide for youth by IAP, Smithsonian Science Education Center, and WHO is having an impact. Read the news.


Fake vaccines, medicines, and other medical products can kill you

 The toll from falsified and substandard medical products may be as high as a million lives lost per year: the new IAP Statement A Call to Action: Furthering the fight against falsified and substandard medical products (available in English, Arabic, French, Portugiese and Spanish) recommends a set of actions and urges politicians and all stakeholders to join forces and solve this urgent issue. Read the press release.


IAP joins the Sustainable Health Equity Movement

 The Sustainable Health Equity Movement was officially launched on 02 July 2020, when a webinar put the spotlight on the unacceptable global health inequities that have been amplified by the COVID-19 pandemic. The online event was attended by 1271 registered participants from over 100 countries, and featured WHO Directore General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, IAP President Volker ter Meulen, and other world-leading researchers, activists, and experts from all over the world. Read about the launch and watch the registration of the webinar.


IAP on the stage of the EuroScience Open Forum (ESOF) 2020

 IAP was an ESOF partner organisation, was present onsite with an exhibition stand, and its staff contributed to the event’s scientific, press and promotional activities: read the news and watch the photos here.


Combatting structural racism and discrimination

 The events that have unfolded since the unjust and untimely death of George Floyd have served as a painful reminder of the problem of entrenched systemic racism in our societies, not only in the United States, but in most countries in the world. IAP stands in solidarity with those who are committed to bringing about not only justice, but lasting change. Read the IAP Communiqué on combatting structural racism and discrimination.

News from IAP member academies

The European Academies' Science Advisory Council (EASAC)

Regenerative medicine, biomass and CO2 accounting rules and hydrogen and synthetic fuels. Read the latest news from EASAC.


The Federation of European Academies of Medicine (FEAM)
and the European Academies' Science Advisory Council (EASAC)

In a first-time report, the European Academies of Science (EASAC) and Medicine (FEAM) call upon European lawmakers to protect biomedical science from false claims.


Global Young Academy (GYA)

GYA Annual General Meeting convened virtually, and GYA members choose new leadership: as Co-Chairs for the upcoming year, they chose Michael Saliba and Anindita Bhadra.


The UK Royal Society

 The Royal Society has established SET-C (Science in Emergencies Tasking – COVID-19) to draw on the expertise of our Fellows and others to respond to requests for rapid science advice on topics relevant to tackling the pandemic. The group was initially convened in response to a request from the Government Office for Science but will also look to the wider scientific community for issues where rapid expert analysis may be useful. Read SET-C’s published rapid reviews.


The UK Academy of Medical Sciences

 The UK Academy of Medical Sciences, in collaboration with 7 Academies and organisations from Low- and Middle- Income Countries: Argentina; Brazil; India; Malaysia; the Philippines; South Africa; and The African Academy of Sciences, hosted an international virtual workshop on the response to the current COVID-19 pandemic. Read the news.


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