News about TWAS and science & technology in the South
10 December 2013. Three distinguished researchers have been selected to give the TWAS Medal Lectures on their research next year at the Academy’s annual General Meeting. The lectures are one the organization’s highest honours, featuring some of the most prominent work by elected TWAS members.
6 December 2013. TWAS has expressed deep sadness at the death of former South African President Nelson Mandela and praised his legacy as an advocate and inspiration for education and science throughout the developing world.
22 November 2013. 'Seeds of Science', a vivid and inspiring documentary about the work done in Kenya by TWAS-supported scientists, will be broadcast in Italy twice in the coming week on RAI-TV's Friuli Venezia Giulia channel.
18 November 2013. IAP, the global network of science academies, and the InterAcademy Medical Panel (IAMP), today urged immediate and sustained action to address the increasing incidence of dangerous pathogens that are resistant to antibiotics.
UPDATE 12 November 2013. The new book from TWAS and COMSATS profiling Colombia’s Centro Internacional de Física is now available in a paperback edition. To receive a copy free of charge, click on "contact" at the top of this page and give us your mailing information.
8 November 2013. Mario Giro, the undersecretary at Italy's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, expressed strong support for the mission and work of TWAS during a visit with the Academy's executive director and staff Monday 4 November in Trieste.
23 October 2013. Northern Chile’s clear skies and high altitudes have drawn high-tech telescopes from international astronomy agencies all over the world, but for a long time the country’s role as a host has largely been a matter of its optimal view of the cosmos. Now Chile is actively trying to ride the wave of telescope technology and astronomy to enhance its scientific development.
15 October 2013. Chinese scientist Zheng Xiaojing, from the Lanzhou University, Lanzhou, China (concurrently the president of the Xi’dian University, China), has devised a mathematical model to predict the formation and evolution of dune fields, as well as their displacement. Her model, which applies to all the deserts on Earth, could be used to devise strategies to achieve better protection of villages against sand storms and the onrush of deserts.
3 October 2013. Uzbek microbiologist Dilfuza Egamberdieva hopes to apply her new agricultural technique soon in Uzbekistan to boost the yield of economically important crops such as wheat, cotton, tomato and cucumber. She presented her work at this year's TWAS General Meeting.
02 October 2013. Science speaks a unique language, which crosses borders and acts as a unifying factor for sustainable growth. Far-sighted policy-makers need to advocate this concept to propel development and better quality of life, and science academies need to play a proactive role to create a high-impact interface between science, policy and society.
3 October 2013. Argentina's Instituto Balseiro has become a centre of world-class science. Its character and creativity, however, are distinctly Latin American.
2 October 2013. From a reputation in the biomedical sciences that grew from three Nobel prizes, to new prominence in the study of astroparticles, modern-day Argentina is an appealing place to be a scientist.
1 October 2013. The TWAS-Lenovo Science Prize, one of the most prestigious prizes given to scientists in the developing world, has been awarded to Chilean theoretical physicist Claudio Bunster Weitzman for his contributions to understanding gravity and the quirky physics of tiny, fundamental particles of matter.
2 October 2013. TWAS announced today the election of 52 new Members.
30 September 2013. TWAS has announced the winners of the TWAS Prizes for 2013 at the Academy's 24th General Meeting in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
1 October 2013. TWAS President Bai Chunli delivered an address to Academy members during the opening of the 24th TWAS General Meeting in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The following is a transcription of that address.
1 October 2013. On the occasion of its 30th year of activity, TWAS, The World Academy of Sciences for the advancement of Science in developing countries, will honour two women who have provided decades of commitment to the Academy’s cause.
1 October 2013. Firdausi Qadri, director of the Centre for Vaccine Sciences at the International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research in Bangladesh, is the recipient of the 2013 C.N.R. Rao Prize, one of the awards conferred annually by TWAS, the world academy of sciences for the advancement of science in developing countries.
1 October 2013. A rising young Bangladeshi chemist whose work is helping develop new technology for cleaning drinking water has won the Atta-ur-Rahman Prize in Chemistry, TWAS announced today at its General Meeting in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
27 September 2013. Top scientists and policymakers from the developing world – including science ministers from at least two nations – will convene in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on Monday, 30 September for a meeting that will explore new research and compelling challenges in science and engineering.
1 October 2013. TWAS’s Regional Offices have awarded their Regional Prizes this year to five researchers from different regions of the developing world who have worked creatively to popularize science. This year’s winners are from Argentina, Bangladesh, the Philippines, South Africa and Egypt.
27 September 2013. Science Minister Lino Barañao dreams of transforming Argentina into an international centre for research. As TWAS convenes in Buenos Aires for the Academy's 24th General Meeting, members are finding that the dream is becoming a reality.
16 September 2013. In the Democratic Republic of the Congo, poor food storage and hygiene practices are common enough that contaminated or spoiled food is sold throughout the country. So Akier Assanta Maf, a food safety specialist from Canada, went to the Congo as a TWAS visiting scientist to help.
10 September 2013. The world's poorest countries and their allies should focus on Internet and communications technology to build momentum in science and engineering, TWAS Executive Director Romain Murenzi said at a conference in Beijing.
24 September 2013. IAP – The Global Network of Science Academies, which comprises 106 science academies from both developed and developing countries, responded yesterday to the UN-established High Level Panel’s post-2015 agenda for global development and stressed the pivotal role of science in defining the agenda’s priorities.
30 August 2013. John Fredy Barrera Ramirez, an optical physicist working on the use of light to encrypt data, has been a professor at the Physics Institute at Universidad de Antioquia in Medellín, Colombia, since June 2006. But when TWAS gave him the chance to conduct cutting-edge research in Argentina, he was eager for the opportunity.
12 August 2013. The International Year of Crystallography in 2014 will bring global attention to a field that is little-known, but which can be a major force for advancing knowledge and economic growth in the developing world. An article in the latest TWAS Newsletter explores the importance of the field.
5 August 2013. TWAS expresses its condolences and sorrow for the sudden and unexpected death Friday of journalist David Dickson, who founded SciDev.net, the influential science development news website, in 2001.
15 July 2013. Academies of medicine across the world need to cooperate to enhance developing countries' ability to conduct, share and use their research, said Dr. Jo Ivey Boufford, co-chair of the InterAcademy Medical Panel (IAMP), at an event in Grignano, Italy. The event was held to present an official, broadly endorsed statement by IAMP calling for such a global effort.
18 June 2013. A new global partnership programme backed by a trio of US government agencies is finding early success with a model that provides funding to researchers in developing nations who are working directly with US scientists.
How can scientists in the world of academia create a more peaceful, prosperous and equal world? Ivo Šlaus, a physicist and president of the World Academy of Art & Science (WAAS), raised these questions Monday afternoon at the Adriatico Guesthouse in Grignano, arguing that it's essential that academics of all stripes engage with the political realities of the world.
27 May 2013. TWAS is teaming with the Global Virus Network to explore new initiatives that could help the developing world address the threat of deadly viruses.
22 May 2013. Open access publications and research integrity will top the agenda when the Global Research Council holds its second summit meeting starting Monday in Berlin.
16 May 2013. The Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) is making a significant new investment in five CAS-TWAS Centres of Excellence to build scientific strength and drive innovation in the developing world.
8 May 2013. Budapest, Hungary. Science diplomacy could help renew long-standing research and education networks linking nations of the region, with broad potential benefits, high-ranking officials said at a roundtable organized by the Hungarian Academy of Sciences and TWAS.
7 May 2013. Wole Soboyejo, president of the African University of Science and Technology (AUST), signed a five-year agreement of collaboration with TWAS, to provide young talented researchers with the possibility of visiting AUST within the framework of one of TWAS’s prgrammes.
24 April 2013. The Amir of Kuwait, Al-Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, opened a conference of women scientists and engineers Sunday with an expression of "deep regard for the women's place in the hierarchy with men toward sustainable development."
4 April 2013. The Hungarian Academy of Sciences and TWAS have invited experts from 14 nations to a roundtable on the use of diplomacy in scientific research and governance. Venue: Italian Institute of Culture in Budapest, Hungary, on 8 April 2013.
27 March 2013. An agreement between the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and TWAS will support up to 10 PhD fellowships per year focused on weather, climate and water-related hazards.
26 March 2013. Some 100 young scientists from around the world, mostly PhD students and postdocs, convened in Lyon, France, to participate in the 2013 edition of BioVision, the global life sciences forum, held 24-26 March 2013.
4 March 2013. A workshop organized by the World Academy of Art and Science, in conjunction with TWAS and other groups, will convene experts from 19 countries, 5-6 March 2013, in Trieste, Italy.
28 February 2013. Mohamed H.A. Hassan, the former executive director of TWAS, has been re-elected co-chairman of IAP, the global network of science academies.
20 February 2013. Top officials from the Italian government and UNESCO heard of TWAS's ambition to expand Fellowship programmes during a meeting of the Academy's Steering Committee.
18 February 2013. Up to 140 early-career scientists per year from the developing world will travel to China for PhD study and research under an ambitious new agreement between the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) and TWAS.
16 February 2013, Boston, Massachusetts, USA. Five medical and life science researchers from Africa, the Middle East, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean Basin have won the 2013 Elsevier Foundation Awards for Early Career Women Scientists in the Developing World for work that could contribute to life-saving knowledge and therapies worldwide.
Zakri Abdul Hamid, TWAS fellow 1996, to chair new Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services
January 2013. At the start of his term as TWAS president, Bai Chunli details the Academy's role in promoting science for sustainability in a changing world.
TWAS is one of 20 partners in a new website that highlights the positive impact of science organizations in its home city.
TWAS rewards the winners of its 2012 photo contest.
21 October 2012. Following a workshop in Penang, Malaysia, TWAS and ISTIC announce the three winners of the 'ISTIC-TWAS' Entrepreneurship Awards' for innovations in science and technology from developing countries.
Margaret Kamar, Kenya’s Minister for Higher Education, Science and Technology, comments on her cabinet's future plans to disseminate a scientific culture in her country.
During the closing session of the 2012 edition of Trieste Next, the City's Mayor announced that the theme of next year's event would be water. TWAS invited wetland's water expert Nick Davidson, to kick off the debate.
Three TWAS Fellows have been selected to present the TWAS Medal lectures at next year's annual meeting in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
A woman scientist from Bangladesh has been awarded the first Atta-ur-Rahman Prize. Shamsun Nahar Khan was honoured for her work on enzyme identification and inhibition, cutting-edge research on the borders of chemistry and biology.
29 September. Organized in collaboration with TWAS and the Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP), this discussion forum at Trieste Next featured three distinguished experts, who explained the science, politics and impacts of climate change to an eager audience composed largely of high school and university students.
Margaret Kamar, Kenya’s Minister for Higher Education, Science and Technology, comments on her cabinet's future plans to disseminate a scientific culture in her country.
28 September. Trieste, in northern Italy, is where TWAS has its headquarters - and this weekend, for the first time, the city is home to an ambitious new event called 'Trieste Next' which aims to bring together the many and diverse scientific institutions clustered throughout Trieste and its hinterland.
Chinese president Hu Jintao opened TWAS's 12th General Conference in Tianjin
News, reports and press releases from TWAS's 12th General Conference and 23rd General Meeting in Tianjin, China, from 18 to 21 September 2012
30 August. Fernando Quevedo (TWAS Fellow 2010), director of the Abdus Salam International Centre of Theoretical Physics (ICTP) in Trieste, Italy, in an article in our recent TWAS Newsletter, describes the importance of the exciting discovery this summer of a Higgs-boson like particle – and the early role played by Abdus Salam, founder of both TWAS and ICTP.
21 August. TWAS has been promoting South-South collaboration in science since its inception in 1983. Felix Korbla Akorli from Ghana, now lecturer in telecommunications in Rwanda, was among the first awardees of a South-South fellowship. In 1995 he travelled from Ghana to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, to study radio propagation. We asked him what impact the fellowship had on his subsequent career.
19 July. TWAS Fellow Ahmed Azad believes that any plan to achieve development and prosperity in Bangladesh must include a massive, coordinated and expert investment in science and technology. That's why he visited Dhaka University in Bangladesh as TWAS Research Professor to offer his advice in transforming the Centre for Advanced Research in Sciences into a productive research and technology resource institution.
14 June. One year after his retirement, Mohamed Hassan, executive director of TWAS for twenty-six years, has been awarded the Abdus Salam Medal, both for his enduring commitment to the Academy, and the outstanding results he has achieved.
29 May. Last week, TWAS executive director, Romain Murenzi, presented the programmes and activities of TWAS to permanent delegates and observers at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris.
Richard N. Zare was one of three TWAS members selected to give a TWAS Medal Lecture at this years' conference in Tianjin. TWAS confers this privilege on three of its members each year, in recognition of their achievements in their fields of research. The winners lecture on a main aspect of their work, and are presented with a plaque. The title of Zare's lecture was, simply, 'TB or not TB?'
12-13 May was 'World Bird Migratory Day'. We asked Mexican ornithologist Paula Enríquez Rocha, a member of TWAS's partner organization OWSD, to tell us more about why this day matters.
8 May. TWAS executive director Romain Murenzi was among 19 high profile delegates invited to attend a meeting aimed at encouraging and supporting scientific collaboration between the US and DPR Korea.
22 March. Today is World Water Day (WWD), an annual date to raise awareness about the challenges posed by water quality and quantity. Akiça Bahri, TWAS Fellow, talks about her extensive water management research and experience in Africa.
27 April. A five-day workshop jointly organized by ICTP, TWAS, IOP and APS gave engineers and physicists from developing countries valuable step-by-step advice on how to convert their good ideas into marketable products.
13 March. In the first of a series of seminars organized under the TWAS-AAAS International Programme on Science and Diplomacy, Mary O'Kane reviewed how government support for top research centres in Australia has had somewhat unexpected spin-offs.
9 March. The Executive Director of TWAS, Romain Murenzi, has just returned from a successful partnership-building trip to Japan, jointly organized by the Japanese Science and Technology in Society (STS) Forum.
31 January 2012. Daniel Schaffer, TWAS's Public Information Officer, is retiring. In his concluding article for the 'TWAS Newsletter', he speaks about having been witness to the historic changes in scientific capacity taking place in the developing world over the past 15 years.
20 December. Science could be both a source and beneficiary of the dramatic changes taking place in the Arab region. But progress will only take place if the movement stays true to its abiding principles of democracy and transparency.
12 December. At a time when increasing access to electricity is driving economic growth in a number of developing countries, sub-Saharan Africa's electricity supplies remain stagnant.
8 December. "The next big step in quantum physics could well come from research being done by scientists in developing countries."
4 December 2011. TWAS joins an international consortium, including the Royal Society and the Environment Defense Fund, in a call for coordinated action on geoengineering research.
23 November. The food we eat depends, in large measure, on microorganisms we can't see.
21 November. The immediate past president of TWAS wins the prize for "monumental contributions to the frontiers of materials science."
21 November. TWAS will continue to build scientific capacity and promote scientific excellence in a world that is likely to experience unprecedented change in the years ahead, says Jacob Palis, president of TWAS.
21 November. TWAS has announced the winners of the TWAS Prizes for 2011 at the Academy's 22nd General Meeting in Trieste, Italy. Each TWAS Prize carries a cash award of USD15,000. The winners will lecture about their research at TWAS's 23rd General Meeting in 2012, where they will also receive a medal and the prize money.
21 November. The prizes, which are awarded by TWAS's five regional offices, carry a USD3,000 cash award. This year they have been awarded to individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the development of scientific educational material.
14 November. TWAS will hold its 22nd General Meeting in Trieste, Italy, on 21-23 November. More than 250 people from 30 countries are expected to attend.
Budapest, Hungary. The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and TWAS have signed an agreement to pursue an ambitious slate of joint projects to enhance efforts at the nexus of science and diplomacy.
10 November. Three African scientists have been awarded the 2011 TWAS-AAS-Microsoft Award for Young Computer Scientists, given by TWAS, the African Academy of Sciences (AAS) and Microsoft Research.
4 November. Over the past half century, Cuba has made great strides in providing opportunities for women in science. The numbers tell the story, says Lilliam Alvarez Diáz.
31 October. As part of a larger effort to "give back" to his country, Jorge A. Huete Pérez has built a well-equipped biology laboratory at the University of Central America in Managua, Nicaragua.
21 October. Romain Murenzi calls for dramatically increasing the number of doctoral fellowships for students in the South.
18 October. The Regional Initiative in Science and Education (RISE) is building strong scientific networks in Africa with the aim of helping to train the next generation of academics on the continent.
6 October. Romain Murenzi, TWAS executive director, calls for an expansion of graduate and postgraduate fellowship programmes.
On 23 September 2011, TWAS participated in Trieste's 'Researcher's Night', a Europe-wide event bringing together researchers and citizens.
29 September. The Elsevier Foundation, TWAS and the Organization for Women in Science for the Developing World (OWSD) honoured eleven women scientists from the developing world for their research excellence.
22 September. TWAS is pleased to announce the 'TWAS-Celso Furtado Prize in Social Sciences'. With funding from the Brazilian government for the next four years, the annual prize will carry a USD15,000 cash award. The first prize winner will be announced in 2012.
12 September. Science centres could help advance the cause of science-based development in Africa, says Jean-Pierre Ezin.
6 September. A profound personal experience that took place a decade ago has helped shape Jeremie Thouakesseh Zoueu's research agenda ever since.
26 August. It was born of necessity three decades ago. Today 'Kangaroo Mother Care' helps millions of infants and mothers lead healthier lives. But more needs to be done to spread the word, says Nathalie Charpak.
23 August. The nuclear accident at Fukushima Dai-ichi in Japan will slow but not stop the Arab region's recent efforts to embrace nuclear power, says Adnan Shihab-Eldin, director general of the Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences.
15 August. The agenda for nutritional research in Africa should be led by African scientists, says Patrick Kolsteren, coordinator of the European Union 'Sunray' project.
10 August. Roseanne Diab, executive director of the Academy of Science of South Africa, talks about the involvement of scientists from the developing world in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
4 August. Africa's most important resource are its people, and especially its young people, say Mohamed H.A. Hassan and Daniel Schaffer in a recent 'TWAS Newsletter' article examining the future of science and development in Africa.