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

News from 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:

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IAP Young Physician Leaders Alumni Steering Committee launched

The peer-support network of emerging leaders working in healthcare around the world gets stronger: the committee members will meet on a monthly basis with aims to foster cooperation among alumni and increase recognition of the programme, as well as transfer knowledge and experience to aspiring physician leaders. Read the news.

One exciting activity has already been planned for the YPL alumni by the IAP program and ESMT (The European School of Management and Technology): this webinar will be the first in a series of activities supported by the IAP and ESMT. Details are:

Title: Building Personal Resilience: Understanding the difference between pressure and stress and how to cope with them.
Presenter: Bülent Gögdün, an Executive Coach at ESMT Berlin
Date: 15 December 2020
Time: 14h00-15h30 CET (with optional post-session mingling)

In order to receive the invitations and details of the webinar, please complete (if you have not already) the following form which will enable YPL/ESMT to create your credentials for the knowledge platform: https://www.cognitoforms.com/InterAcademyPartnership/YPLAlumniPlatform.


IAP COVID-19 Expert Group

The IAP COVID-19 Expert Group, co-chaired by YPL alumna Atiya Mosam, is 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.

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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.


Calling all researchers to participate in a landmark survey on academic predatory journals and conferences

As an academician or researcher, you may well receive regular requests to submit your papers or register for conferences. You may find it hard to tell legitimate requests that might benefit your research and career from predatory or unethical ones that might damage them, perhaps irreparably. We can help you: fill in the survey!


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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 (including the IAP YPL programme), 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

IAP hosted an online session at the World Health Summit to resent and discuss preliminary findings its 'Climate Change and Health'  project. Watch the recording here.


IAP lands on LinkedIn

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


‘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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