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Published: 02 August 2021

In the run-up to COP26 the International Science Council (ISC) is working together with the incoming UK Presidency of COP26 to curate material related to the conference on the Transform21 portal (, which features blogs and reports by members of the global science community.

Published: 09 July 2021

Who produces CO2 and why? What are the options and technologies for reducing greenhousegas emissions? Read more

Published: 15 June 2021

Prof Jennifer Thomson has been confirmed for a second term as OWSD President. On hearing the news, Professor Thomson said, with her characteristic enthusiasm, "Wow! That's fantastic - I am absolutely thrilled. I look forward to working with the new executive board and, of course, with our fabulous staff in Trieste and to engaging with as many members as I can."

Published: 01 June 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has made people behave differently. For more than a year, wearing mouth-nose protection, adhering to special distance and hygiene rules, and limited freedom of movement have influenced daily life.

Published: 11 May 2021

CDC’s Division of Global HIV & TB is excited to announce the DGHT Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Global HIV & TB. The goal of this fellowship is to attract and support recent recipients of doctoral degrees to understand the underpinnings of interventional epidemiology and to prepare them for a career operating at the intersection of science and practice in global public health.

Published: 09 April 2021

The South African Institute for Advanced Constitutional, Public, Human Rights and International Law (a centre of the University of Johannesburg) is delighted to invite you to the first lecture in a 10-part Climate Change Series. This seminar is titled ‘What is Climate Change About? Issues and Implications for Sub-Saharan Africa’.

Published: 26 March 2021

The South African Institute for Advanced Constitutional, Public, Human Rights and International Law (SAIFAC), a centre of the University of Johannesburg is delighted to host a10-part series on climate changetitled‘Climate Change Leadership: Bringing Science, People and Policy Together’. The series is organized by a team of multi-disciplinary academics who have collaborated across the universities in Johannesburg.

The series will include leading speakers and panelists with a range of expertise and perspectives demonstrating the approaches that different disciplines and sectors take.The seminar series covers what climate change is, why it matters and what must be done to address it.

Please find attached more information on the series and concerning the 10 topics that will be covered and the dates on which the seminars will be held.

The series will commence online on15 Aprilat17h30 to 18h30(SA Time – GMT plus 2) with a talk by Prof Francois Engelbrecht (Distinguished Professor of Climatology at the Global Change Institute of the University of the Witwatersrand). Please RSVP toThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.More details to follow soon.

Published: 08 March 2021

The Joint Centre for Bioethics and the Centre for Global Health, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto are pleased to co-host this virtual book launch of Global Health Ethical Challenges (2nd edition) by Solomon Benatar and Gillian Brock, eds. 

This talk will feature reflections on the book from Eric M. Meslin followed by three brief commentaries from authors Ross Upshur, Angela Mashford-Pringle, and Isabella Bakker who contributed chapters to it. The session will be introduced by Jennifer Gibson, and the Q&A will be facilitated by Erica Di Ruggiero.

Individuals wishing to purchase the book in Canada can place orders through local bookstore Caversham at Caversham is offering a 10% discount and free shipping to orders placed in Canada. International orders can be placed directly through the Cambridge website to receive 20% off (please note: they do charge for shipping) via To receive the discount be sure to enter code ‘GLH2021’ at checkout.

For more information and to RSVP please visit -

Published: 05 March 2021

The workshop will discuss the role of the Global Research Council (GRC) in science diplomacy to promote and strengthen basic research and international collaboration. Read more.

Published: 04 February 2021

The United Nations declared 11 February to be a day to celebrate women and girls in science. The day celebrates that science and gender equality play a pivotal role in achieving the 2030 agenda for sustainable development goals.

Published: 21 January 2021

The Organisation of African, Caribbean and Pacific States (OACPS) Secretariat is glad to announce the launch of the Policy Support Facility (PSF), an innovative mechanism to boost research and innovation (R&I) in African, Caribbean and Pacific countries.

Published: 03 November 2020

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!

Published: 03 November 2020

The Food Systems Research Network for Africa (FSNet-Africa) hosted by the University of Pretoria, South Africa, is offering a one-year postdoctoral fellowship starting January 2021, with the possibility of renewal for a further 2 years, dependent on satisfactory performance.

Published: 13 October 2020

STIAS, the Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study in South Africa, has opened the fifth annual call of its prestigious Iso Lomso Fellowship Programme. We hereby request that you help us share this opportunity throughout your African academic networks so that we reach the brightest young minds all over the continent.

Published: 08 October 2020

Since its first edition in 1950, the IAC has been THE place for all space people to come together and discuss the latest developments in space. The 71st International Astronautical Congress, IAC 2020 - Cyberspace Edition will take place form 12 - 14 October 2020.

Published: 11 September 2020

During 2020, a novel coronavirus, severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus-2 (SARS-CoV-2), spread to almost all countries worldwide. Although less deadly than SARS-CoV-1, which killed at least 770 people in 2003/4 and had a mortality rate of around 11%, the novel virus is highly transmissible and causes a pneumonia-like disease, known as coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), with a mortality rate of around 1%. By the end of June 2020, more than 10 million cases of COVID-19 and 500,000 deaths had been reported. Click here to access the report.

Published: 09 September 2020
TRIESTE, ITALY. 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.
Published: 08 September 2020

The Africa - EU AERAP science platform will organise a virtual conference on the 9-10 September 2020. Entitled “A New Era for Africa-EU Science and Innovation Partnerships”, the meeting will bring together scientists, innovators, policymakers and other key stakeholders. AERAP has widened its scope to serve as an engagement platform for Africa-EU science and innovation partnerships.

The objectives of the conference will include the following:

  • Enable and promote discussion on issues were science and innovation can make a contribution to Africa-EU cooperation, in light of the EU’s Africa strategy;
  • Support awareness of key instruments to support Africa-EU science and innovation cooperation and partnerships;
  • Encourage dialogue between  policymakers and scientists;
  • Increase the level and range of science and innovation inclusive partnerships between EU and Africa;
  • Explore alignment between EU-Africa cooperation United Nations SDGs including supporting the awareness of and contribution of science to the UN SDGs.

The virtual conference on the 9th-10th of September will bring together representatives from Africa nations and EU member state.

The announcement is available here :

One of the parallel session will deal with the topic how to foster research and innovation for the Life Sciences in Africa, amongst others by strengthening African – European cooperation. The session will take place from 12.30 h – 13.30 h CET on September 9th.


Jeffrey Mphahlele, Vice President for Research, South African Medical Research Council
Bernd Halling, International Affairs, Bayer  


Dr Nicaise Ndembi, CDC Africa (tbc)

Prof. Steve Runo,  Senior Lecturer and Chairman Department of Biochemistry, Microbiology and Biotechnology, Kenyatta University

Godwin Nana Yaw Lemgo, Regulatory Scientific Affairs Lead Africa, Bayer

Dir Emmanuel Okogbenin, Director Program Development & Commercialisation, AATF

The session will discuss the potential for Life Sciences to meet African needs in health and agricultural production as well as the role of EU-AU cooperation in defining a new partnership on research and innovation. The AU-EU High Level Policy Dialogue (HLPD) on Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) will play a role in building this partnership. However, it is also key to ensure “African solutions to African problems”, when developing a research agenda for Life Sciences for the continent.

If you want to follow the panel session, please register at

Published: 04 September 2020

Based on the needs of developing countries, the Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) cooperate to promote international joint research targeting global issues. Proposals are invited in the following research fields: Environment/Energy, Bioresources, Disaster Prevention and Mitigation, and Infectious Diseases Control.

Published: 07 August 2020

The Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of Pretoria (UP), Professor Tawana Kupe, cordially invites you to join him for UP’s second annual Women in Science Symposium, with special guest speaker rofessor Thuli Madonsela.

Published: 07 July 2020

This is the second Call for the Future Professors Programme (FPP), a competitive and selective programme of the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) to prepare promising early career academics to become a new cohort of South African professors across the disciplines.

Published: 03 July 2020

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

Published: 01 July 2020

Announcement for inviting applications for participation in the 5th BRICS Young Scientist Conclave on 7 – 11 September, 2020. Extended Application Deadline: Sunday, 26 July 2020.  

Published: 30 June 2020

The following Call to African scientists and innovators was written by a collective of African intellectuals who published an open letter in April 2020 addressed to African leaders on the new coronavirus pandemic.

Published: 25 June 2020

An Award that serves to reward excellence and exceptional scholarship in all its forms and which carries a monetary value of R2.0 million.

Published: 24 June 2020

The African Cancer Institute at Stellenbosch University offers a MPhil Cancer Science Programme, coordinated by Prof Vikash Sewram. See further details here:


Published: 04 June 2020

5TH BRICS Young Scientist Forum Announcement and Call for Abstracts. Application Deadline: Friday, 26 June 2020

Published: 02 June 2020

The South African Academy of Engineering (SAAE) has written to President Ramaphosa to advise him to focus infrastructure investment in the Post-Covid19 period on projects that will support jobs and the economy.

Published: 16 April 2020

The World Academy of Sciences Sub-Saharan Africa Regional Partner (TWAS-SAREP) would like to invite you to nominate suitable candidates for the attached opportunities.

Published: 02 April 2020

This newly established award reflects the long-standing partnership between the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) and TWAS. CAS President and former TWAS President Bai Chunli played a central role in creating the award, funded by the Chinese technology company Lenovo. Eligible candidates are scientists not older than 45 years of age who are living and working in a developing country. In 2020 the award will recognize a young scientist for achievements in the physical sciences, including physics and chemistry. The recipient will receive USD10,000.

The award, named after Professor Atta-ur-Rahman, a distinguished Member of the Academy, is being conferred since 2012. It is now sponsored by the the Searle Company Ltd. The recipient will receive USD 5,000. Eligible candidates are young chemists (not older than 40), national of a Scientifically and Technologically Lagging (STL) country. All fields of Chemistry are eligible. For a list of STL countries please visit:

 NOMINATIONS: Nominations for the above mentioned awards can only be submitted electronically through the on-line platform by clicking on the: “New Nomination” button, to start a new nomination; “Resume” button, i.e. to resume working on saved nominations.

For any enquiry on all these opportunities, please contact email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Published: 02 April 2020

Eligible candidates: Women scientists from Scientifically and Technologically Lagging (STL) countries who have been living and working there for a minimum of two years immediately prior to their nomination. Nominations for the 2020 award are invited in the fields of Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics or Engineering Sciences. Fellows of TWAS are not eligible. For a list of STL countries, please visit:

Eligible candidates: Women scientists who are nationals of a Low-Income African country. The awards recognizes scientific achievements in Biological Sciences. Fellows of TWAS are not eligible. For a list of eligible country, please visit:

NOMINATIONS: Nominations for all of the above-mentioned awards can only be submitted electronically through the new on-line platform by clicking on the: “New Nomination” button, to start a new nomination; “Resume” button, i.e. to resume working on saved nominations.

Published: 19 November 2019

The InterAcademy Partnership (IAP) is a global network of more than 130 academies of science, medicine and engineering that brings together the world’s best scientific minds.

Published: 08 November 2019
Register nominations online by 9 December 2019!
The National Science and Technology Forum (NSTF) calls for nominations for the 22nd NSTF-South32 Awards. These prestigious awards focus on science, engineering and technology (SET) and innovation.


Published: 18 September 2019

The Department of Science and Innovation (DSI) and the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) in partnership with the Centre for Science & Technology of the Non-Aligned and Other Developing Countries (NAM S&T Centre) are seeking candidates to participate in

Published: 18 September 2019

Announcement for inviting applications for participation in the 4th BRICS Young Scientist Conclave
Date: 6 - 8 November, 2019 - Themes: Cybersecurity and Bioeconomy - Venue: Campinas, Brazil
Application form

Published: 30 July 2019

The African Cancer Institute at the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences,Stellenbosch University, South Africa, invites you to apply for the above postgraduate degree for 2020. Read more

Published: 08 July 2019

An Award that serves to reward excellence and exceptional scholarship in all its forms and which carries a monetary value of R1.5 million. The Trust is calling for nominations from South African Universities, Science Councils, Research & Policy Institutes, and other institutions or agencies of similar national standing. 

Published: 27 June 2019

The South African Young Academy of Science and the Wits Centre for Diversity Studies are undertaking a survey titled Hidden Identities in South African Academia: Contestations and Contradictions for Belonging.

Published: 22 May 2019

We are very pleased to announce that we are seeking candidates for the 9th IAP Young Physician Leaders (YPL) Programme to be held on 24-29 October 2019 in conjunction with the World Health Summit in Berlin, Germany, 27-29 October 2019. Announcement/Nomination Form

Published: 28 November 2018

The current approach to food, nutrition, agriculture, and the environment is unsustainable and must change. There is no time to waste, say the 130 national academies of science and medicine across Africa, Asia, the Americas and Europe that compose the InterAcademy Partnership.

Published: 01 November 2018

Please nominate for the Volvo Environment Prize 2019.  To be eligible for consideration, nominations must be submitted by January 10, 2019 at the latest. Nomination guidelines and nomination forms are available on the website.

Published: 13 September 2018

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Published: 13 September 2018

Please be informed that the African Union Commission has launched the African Union Kwame Nkrumah Awards for Scientific Excellence - 2017 Edition with the continued support of its Development Partners particularly the European Commission.

Published: 28 August 2018

The challenges facing countries with developing economies can be staggering and South Africa is no exception. Current solutions are no longer adequate to meet the multi-dimensional social, technological and economic challenges. In this context, does Science hold the answers to unprecedented opportunities for rapid social progress and what values should support its development? More.

Published: 22 August 2018

The 2016 Dakar Declaration on Open Science in Africa called for urgent action by institutions and governments for open access in order to better Science in Africa. Two years later, the continent is making strides in this direction. Read more.

Published: 16 August 2018

The urgent need for the sustainable use of natural resources and the notable advances in the field of biology have paved the way for the expansion of a bio-based economy. The bioeconomy addresses the use of renewable biological resources and their conversion into products, ranging from food and feed to other bio-based products and bio-energy. It demands innovative techniques for the production, processing, storage, consumption, recycling and disposal of natural resources.
Stellenbosch - 29 August 2018
Pretoria - 4 September 2018

Published: 25 July 2018

Newsletter for the Government Communication and Information Systems.

Published: 19 July 2018

Royal Society of South Africa cordially invites you to attend a public talk on Time as a Passing Shadow: chronology in Greco-Roman antiquitychronology in Greco-Roman antiquity, as illustrated by a sundial unearthed at Pompeii by John Douglas Hey, MRSSAf.

Published: 09 July 2018

Please be informed that the African Union Commission has launched the African Union Kwame Nkrumah Awards for Scientific Excellence - 2018 Edition with the continued support of its Development Partners particularly the European Commission.

Published: 20 June 2018

The African Cancer Institute at the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Stellenbosch University, South Africa, invites you to apply for the above postgraduate degree for 2019. For more information.

Published: 05 June 2018

The IAP for Health has announced the latest Call for Nominations to the 2019 Young Physician Leaders programme (YPL). 

Published: 01 June 2018

The Southern Africa Innovation Support Programme (SAIS 2) with Southern African Innovation Summit and  Connected Hubs* is excited to announce that we are hosting a dynamic event at the SA Innovation Summit on 12 September 2018. Save this date!

Published: 02 May 2018

The 3RD BRICS Young Scientist Forum under the theme “Building BRICS Youth Leadership through Science, Technology and Innovation” will highlight the strategic importance of science, technology and innovation as key drivers of youth entrepreneurship and leadership. The thematic discussions will focus on energy, water and social science. The event will take place from 25 - 29 June 2018 in Durban, South Africa.
3rd BRICS Young Scientist Forum 2018 -The Call
3rd BRICS YS Forum 2018 Application Form

Published: 26 April 2018

Concluding the International Forum on “Women and Sustainable Development in Africa”, held from 8 to 10 March 2018, in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, which was organised by the Network of African Science Academies (NASAC), we, the participants, make the following declaration and call for action to enhance the role of women in sustainable development in Africa.

Published: 05 April 2018

On 14 March, the African Academy of Sciences announced two mobility funds – the Science and Language Mobility Scheme Africa and the Africa India Mobility Fund (AIMF), to encourage collaboration between African researchers and African and Indian researchers, respectively.

Published: 16 March 2018

The Call for Nominations for the 2018 World Data System (WDS) Data Stewardship Award is now open. This annual prize celebrates the exceptional contributions of Early Career Researchers to the improvement of scientific data stewardship through their (1) engagement with the community, (2) academic achievements, and (3) innovations.

Published: 28 February 2018

The Department of Science and Technology (DST) calls for nominations for the 2018 South African Women in Science Awards (WISA).

Published: 28 February 2018

The South African Academy of Engineering (SAAE) cordially invites you to a lecture on Decolonising Engineering presented by Prof Mike Muller.

Published: 20 February 2018

The SciELO 20 Years Conference will address and debate – during its three day program – the main political, methodological and technological issues and trends that define today’s state of the art in scholarly communication.

Published: 12 February 2018

Nominations sought TWAS-Lenovo Science Prize in Engineering Sciences

TWAS, The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) – for the advancement of science in developing countries is inviting nominations for the 2018 TWAS-Lenovo Science Prize.

Published: 12 December 2017

For the remainder of the 21st century and beyond, climate change poses an existential threat to humanity.

Under the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement, the world’s nations agreed to keep global temperature rises to within 2 degrees above pre-industrial levels. One degree of that rise has already occurred. However, in the recent COP23 meeting held in Bonn, Germany, we are still heading towards 3 degrees rise, and possibly more.

The Paris Agreement also states “Parties should take measures ... to enhance climate change education” (Paris Agreement, Art.12).

“Decisions on how to tackle the effects of climate change need to be based on sound science and rational judgement,” says Krishan Lal (India), co-chair of IAP for Science. “They will also need to be made through the coming years – so it is the younger generation, currently in schools and learning about science, who will need to make those decisions.”

Unfortunately, in many countries, science education is often poor and does not develop the rational thinking or provide the inter-disciplinary study required to learn about climate change.

IAP and its member academies have a long track record in improving science education in many countries through the promotion of inquiry-based science education (IBSE), whereby children learn teamwork and rational thinking through the scientific process of developing hypotheses, designing and carrying out experiments to test them, and evaluating their results to develop conclusions. Currently, however, even the best science education tends to be taught in traditional silos – biology, chemistry, physics, etc., whereas climate change education requires a more inter-disciplinary approach.

The IAP ‘Statement on Climate Change and Education’ recognizes this and, to start the process of revitalizing education, lays out a series of recommendations on how effective climate change education can be promoted in schools around the world.

Among the specific recommendations of the Statement are the wider uptake of IBSE in schools around the world; the need to provide teachers with adequate training and resources; and that the periodic Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) ‘Assessment Reports’ and accompanying ‘Summaries for Policy Makers’ can be used as the basis for producing ‘Resources & Tools for Teachers’.

"We believe that climate change is a real threat to humanity, but also could be a formidable opportunity for all of us to modify the current unsustainable way of living, as recently outlined by more than 15,000 scientists in their call to the humanity. During major civilization changes, education has played a capital role to prepare the youth and convey the new ideas. Our goal in releasing this Statement is to contribute to this process,” says Pierre Léna of the Académie des sciences, France, who chaired the working group that produced the IAP Statement.

“We hear everywhere pessimistic statements about the future of our planet,” adds Marie-Lise Chanin, also of the French Académie des sciences, who co-chaired the development of the Statement with Pierre Léna. "but engaging the young generation in this issue and empowering students as ‘agents of change’ will bring hope and optimism.”

The IAP for Science ‘Statement on Climate Change and Education’ will be released on 12 December in Paris, France, at the One Planet Summit, being held under the auspices of the President of France, Emmanuel Macron.

“This Statement on Climate Change Education builds on IAP’s track record in promoting science education,” says Volker ter Meulen (Germany), the other co-chair of IAP for Science. “And by releasing it during President Macron’s One Planet Summit we hope that it will reach the eyes and ears of governments and decision-makers worldwide and convince them that they need to take both individual and collective action on this existential issue.”

The preparation IAP Statements is led by one of its member academies (in this case the Académie des sciences, France). A working group of experts nominated by IAP member academies is established to develop and refine the Statement. A Statement is released only when it has been approved by the IAP for Science Executive Committee and more than half of IAP members have endorsed its contents. Thus, the contents of this IAP Statement is supported by the credibility and independence of the majority of the world’s academies of science.

Published: 30 November 2017

The South African Academy of Engineering (SAAE) is a voluntary organisation comprising fellows elected by their peers on account of their eminence as engineers with proven records of significant contributions towards the engineering profession in South Africa.

Published: 25 November 2017

IAP for Science today issued a statement on ‘Science and Technology for Disaster Risk Reduction’. 

The Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030, which the world’s nations signed up to in March 2015, calls for increased input of science, technology and research to deal with the risks of natural disasters and manage their impacts. Strategies need to be developed to reduce disaster risks before an event, manage the emergency as it happens, ensure effective recovery afterwards, and enhance resilience.

But with population growth and the concentration of populations in urban areas, often with uncontrolled development and poorly-engineered infrastructures and buildings, the impacts of natural disasters are increasing. There is also the question as to whether climate change is exacerbating the frequency and intensity of Atlantic hurricanes, for example.

Indeed, even during the preparation of this Statement, many regions of the globe were hit by devastating natural disasters: mudslides in Sierra Leone and Colombia, floods in Bangladesh, hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria that hit various Caribbean islands and mainland America, earthquakes in Mexico and on the Iran-Iraq border, and wildfires in California, to name just a few.

“As this IAP Statement points out,” says Krishan Lal, IAP for Science co-chair from India, “it is the poorest people, especially in developing countries, who are most adversely affected by natural disasters. As a society, we are still failing to invest in the infrastructure and other interventions that will save lives and livelihoods as well as saving money.”

The Statement itself was developed by a team of experts nominated by IAP member academies and led by the Science Council of Japan. As Shigeko Haruyama of the SCJ, who chaired the Statement working group, points out: “Even in a rich and well-prepared country like Japan, we are always learning and always striving to improve our disaster preparedness and responses. For example, the Tõhoku earthquake, tsunami and nuclear power plant disaster in east Japan 2011 taught us many valuable lessons. We have tried to integrate these into the recommendations put forward in this IAP Statement.”

The IAP Statement itself gives four key recommendations:

  1. Promote and strengthen the development of a common platform at the national level through which all stakeholders and scientists maintain constant dialogues in local languages, and assist the efforts of the governments and citizens in disaster risk reduction and resilience by creating stronger inter-disciplinary and trans-disciplinary ties.

    Here the Statement proposes greater use of Earth-observation satellite data; the use of big data technologies; improving the disaster-literacy of people (especially vulnerable groups) living in at-risk areas through education outreach efforts; and developing guidelines for national platforms for the coordination of preparations and responses to natural disasters.

  2. Assign an important role in disaster risk reduction to disaster science, disaster mitigation engineering, environmental science, and social sciences; particularly sociology, geography and economics, health science, earth science, earth observation, and other relevant areas. In collaboration, these areas should create a framework to ensure inter-disciplinary efforts to increase the resilience of local communities to disasters.

Here the Statement proposes developing standard operating procedures for science advice, inputs and communication at the time of disaster emergency situations; providing information that facilitates the investment necessary for building resilient societies; informing citizens of disaster risks by providing impact-based early warning information and mapping of risks; and developing portable and community-usable warning and response systems applicable to numerous localities. 

  1. Promote scientific and technological research at local, national and international levels to establish inclusive, effective and sustainable national platforms to support the efforts in disaster risk reduction and resilience through trans-disciplinary cooperation. 

    Here the Statement proposes more effective use of research data especially from developing countries; building networks and sharing experiences and successes between countries; and developing appropriate metrics so that countries can document and monitor their progress. 

  2. For effective implementation of existing knowledge into the development process and people’s daily lives, we need to create demand-driven science for safety, especially in developing countries where safety is not necessarily a top priority for either the government or the public.

Here the Statement points out that demand can be created by strengthening risk communication and making peoples’ demand for safe housing, safe cities, safe infrastructure, reliable energy, good water management and clean air, a public good; translating the demand for safety into an economic benefit; and implementing building codes, safety standards and land use regulations.

“The Statement provides a series of recommendations and an action agenda to reduce the impact of natural disasters,” confirms IAP’s other co-chair, Volker ter Meulen (Germany). “National governments need to do more to honour their commitment to the Sendai Framework, but academies of science and other scientific institutions can also help by creating hubs that can collate relevant scientific information and make it available to policy-makers in easy-to-understand ways that will assist them in their decision-making.”

The release of this statement is being coordinated by the Science Council of Japan and will be officially launched on 25 November 2017 at the ‘International Conference on Science and Technology for Sustainability 2017 - Global Forum on Science and Technology for Disaster Resilience 2017’ being held in Japan on 23-25 November.

As well as the efforts of the Science Council of Japan, this IAP Statement builds on work of other IAP initiatives. For example, in 2016, IAP was a co-organizer of the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) Science and Technology Conference on the implementation of the Sendai Framework held in Geneva, Switzerland, on 27-29 January. The meeting brought together more than 700 researchers, policy makers, practitioners and other stakeholders. It also saw the launch of UNISDR’s Scientific and Technical Partnership, to which IAP has signed up as a member.

The preparation IAP Statements is led by one of its member academies (in this case the SCJ). A working group of experts nominated by IAP members is established to develop and refine the Statement. A Statement is released only when it has been approved by the IAP for Science Executive Committee and more than half of IAP members have endorsed its contents. Thus, the contents of this IAP Statement is supported by the credibility and independence of the majority of the world’s academies of science. 

About IAP

The InterAcademy Partnership (IAP) was formally launched in South Africa in March 2016 and brought together three established global networks of academies of science, medicine and engineering.

Under the InterAcademy Partnership, more than 130 national and regional member academies work together to support the special role of science and its efforts to seek solutions to address the world's most challenging problems. In particular, IAP harnesses the expertise of the world's scientific, medical and engineering leaders to advance sound policies, promote excellence in science education, improve public health, and achieve other critical development goals. 

IAP for Science (founded in 1993 as the InterAcademy Panel) brings together a sub-set of 113 academies from among the 130-plus members of the InterAcademy Partnership.

Copies of the Statement are available for download from:


Published: 01 November 2017

The Nigerian Academy of Science (NAS) will be celebrating her 40th year as the ‘‘voice of science’’ in Nigeria. The activities to mark this momentous milestone are scheduled to take place in Abuja, Nigeria from the 14 to 16 November 2017 as part of a week of activities.

Published: 01 November 2017

The TWAS-UNESCO Associateship Scheme enables competent researchers from the developing countries to visit participating centres of excellence in the South for research collaboration.

Published: 19 October 2017

The Royal Society and the National Research Foundation in Singapore (NRF) has established a new Post-doctoral International Collaborative Fellowship for the Commonwealth.

Published: 02 October 2017

The Heidelberg Laureate Forum (HLF) annually connects promising young researchers in mathematics and computer science with the top scientists in their fields. For one week in late summer, the Heidelberg Laureate Forum Foundation (HLFF) invites the recipients of the Abel Prize, the ACM A.M. Turing Award, the ACM Prize in Computing, the Fields Medal, and the Nevanlinna Prize to join 200 carefully selected young researchers.

Published: 20 September 2017

Cape Town is experiencing a water crisis that could have been prevented by taking account of sound technical advice. Ethekwini and Gauteng recently faced similar problems and Gauteng could face even worse problems due to delays in the award of contracts for the next phase of the Lesotho Highlands Water Project.

Published: 20 September 2017

You are invited to the Annual Hendrik van der Bijl Memorial Lecture which is arranged under the auspices of SAAE and  the University of Pretoria.  Peter Staude, CEO of Tongaat Hulett Limited, will deliver the 2017 lecture at  17:30 on  Wednesday 27 September 2017 in the  Senate Hall in the Administration Building on the Main Campus of the University of Pretoria.

Published: 24 August 2017

WISWB 2018 will showcase STEM research that is seeking innovative, sustainable solutions to societal problems.

Published: 04 July 2017

The International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (ICGEB) - was promoted by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) as a centre of excellence for research and training in genetic engineering and biotechnology for the benefit of developing countries.

Published: 30 June 2017

The Secretariat of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), The Netherlands, would like to invite nominations from the National Authority and Permanent Representation of Member States to the OPCW to attend this workshop.

Published: 23 June 2017

An Award that serves to reward excellence and exceptional scholarship in all its forms and which carries a monetary value of R1.5 million. The Trust is calling for nominations from South African Universities, Science Councils, Research & Policy Institutes, and other institutions or agencies of similar national standing.

Published: 29 May 2017

To recognise scientists and researchers who have contributed positively to the social sciences and humanities, the Human Sciences Research Council invites nominations for the HSRC Medal for the Social Sciences and Humanities.

Published: 18 May 2017

The World Academy of Sciences Regional Office for sub-Saharan Africa (TWAS-ROSSA) invites nominations of suitable candidates for the TWAS Regional Prize. TWAS-ROSSA seeks to honour an outstanding scientist who has made significant contributions to popularise science, and has developed new strategies that serve the popularization of science and technology in the developing world.

Published: 10 April 2017

The Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study (NIAS-KNAW) has opened its annual call for fellowship applications. This is an opportunity for those who wish to spend a period of time during the academic year 2018/19 to conduct research as a part of the NIAS community in Amsterdam.

Published: 10 April 2017
The International Center for Research on Women (ICRW) is currently soliciting nominations for the 2017-2018 Mariam K. Chamberlain Award.
Published: 03 April 2017

The Turkish Academy of Sciences (TUBA) recently launched the TUBA Academy Prizes in three areas - Basic and Engineering sciences, Social Sciences and Humanities and Health and Life Sciences.

Published: 03 April 2017

The African-German Network of Excellence in Science (AGNES) is pleased to announce that the call for applications for the next intake programme: the AGNES Intra-Africa Mobility Grant for Junior Researchers is now open.

Published: 15 March 2017

The Department of Science and Technology (DST) calls for nominations for the 2017 South African Women in Science Awards (WISA). The awards recognise and reward excellence by women scientists and researchers, and profile them as role models for younger women. The awards will be made to women who are South African citizens or permanent residents. 

Published: 13 March 2017

An untold number of researchers, engineers and doctors are among the millions displaced by recent conflicts in the Middle East and North Africa. A workshop co-organised by TWAS will explore the lives of refugee scientists – and the expertise they bring to their new countries.

Published: 16 February 2017

International Council of Science (ICSU) released a statement on President Trump’s executive order banning entry to US for citizens of 7 countries.

Published: 16 February 2017

The Young Leaders Programme is linked to the European Development Days (EDD) Conference taking place from 7-8 June 2017 in Brussels.

Published: 13 February 2017

TWAS 2017 Prizes will be awarded to individual scientists who have been working and living in a developing country for at least ten years immediately prior to their nomination, in recognition of an outstanding contribution to knowledge or an

Published: 09 February 2017

The TWAS-DFG Cooperation Visits Programme provides postdoctoral researchers who have obtained their PhD not earlier than 2012 and are from sub-Saharan Africa, including South Africa, with the opportunity to make a 'Cooperation Visit' to an institute in Germany. 

Published: 07 February 2017

Royal Society of South Africa and the Academy of Science of South Africa invite you to a public lecture by Dr Tessa Dowling, Senior Lecturer of African Languages in the School of Languages and Literatures, University of Cape Town and a director of African Voices, on ‘Thatha machance!” (Take chances!) Safe bets and wild gambles in the study of African languages.’

Published: 03 February 2017

The TWAS 2017 Prizes will be awarded to in recognition of an outstanding contribution to knowledge in the following nine fields of science: Agricultural Sciences; Biology;  Chemistry;  Earth, Astronomy and Space Sciences; Engineering Sciences; Mathematics;  Medical Sciences; Physics and Social Sciences (excluding Economic Sciences).

Published: 02 February 2017

The Nigerian Academy of Science, at its Annual General Meeting held in Lagos on Thursday, 26th of January, 2017, has inducted Professor Kalu Mosto Onuoha FAS as its new President.

Published: 13 December 2016

TechWomen is a U.S. State Department-funded professional exchange program that brings over 100 women professionals from Africa, Asia and the Middle East who work in science, technology, engineering, and math, to the San Francisco Bay area and Washington DC for a 5-week mentorship and professional exchange experience, in Sept-Oct 2017. 

Published: 09 September 2016

An International Conference to Celebrate the 90th Anniversary of Enrico Fermi’s Paper on Quantum Statistics.

Published: 13 April 2016

The National Research Foundation (NRF) of South Africa in partnership with The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS), which is based in Italy and the Department of Science and Technology (DST) of South Africa are pleased to announce the call for fellowship applications for the NRF- TWAS Postdoctoral Fellowships for 2017

Published: 11 January 2016

The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation has issued an international call for applications for a research chair for mathematics with specialisation in data science in South Africa. The deadline for applications is January 15, 2016. This call is aimed at highly qualified postdoctoral academics from any country who have conducted application-related research in the field of mathematics with specialisation in data science and have experience in training students and doctoral candidates.