News from Durban
TWAS's 11th General Conference and 20th General Meeting took place in Durban, South Africa, from 20 to 23 October 2009.
The event was hosted by the Academy of Science and Technology of South Africa and supported by South Africa's Department of Science and Technology. The three-day meeting was highlighted by a series of symposia, ranging from an in-depth look at the state of science and technology in South Africa to an examination of the impact that the global financial crisis is having on investments in science in the developing world.
Detailed conference programme (as of 13 October; Word document). For those unable to attend, presentations were streamed live over the Internet.
23 October. The Durban Declaration, highlight of the closing ceremony of the TWAS 11th General Conference, urges negotiators at the climate change conference scheduled to take place in Copenhagen this December to "fully consider the impact of climate change on food, energy and water security" issues that will prove vital to the South's efforts to adapt to climate change and "continue on the path of sustainable development".
21 October. The recipients of the 2009 TWAS Medals – awarded in recognition of significant contributions to a research field – lectured about key aspects of their work at the Academy's 11th General Conference in Durban, South Africa. This year's Medal Lecturers are: Wieland Gevers (South Africa), Li Zhensheng (China) and Sergio Rezende (Brazil).
20 October. “We must use science to bring development to countries that are most in need”, says Naledi Pandor, South Africa’s Minister of Science and Technology. The Minister made her remarks at the opening ceremony of the 20th General Meeting and 11th General Conference in Durban, South Africa. More than 400 scientists were in attendance.
20 October. Pramod Kumar Aggarwal from India and Carlos Clemente Cerri from Brazil are honoured for their pioneering work on the intricate relationship between agriculture, climate and the environment.
19 October. TWAS has announced the winners of the TWAS Prizes for 2009 at the Academy's 20th General Meeting in Durban, South Africa. Each prize is endowed with USD15,000. The winners will be presented their prizes and asked to lecture about their research at TWAS's 21th General Meeting in Hyderabad in 2010.
16 October. TWAS has awarded its first Regional Prizes for Building Scientific Institutions. The awards ceremony will take place at the TWAS 20th General Meeting in Durban, South Africa.
15 October. In cooperation with its Regional Offices, TWAS has selected 25 new Young Affiliates for 2009–2013.
20 October. The 2008 TWAS Prizes were presented to the recipients at the Academy's 11th General Conference and 20th General Meeting in Durban, South Africa.