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New report on negative emission technologies A new report confirms that negative emission technologies (NETs) offer only "limited realistic potential" to remove large amounts of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and not at the scale envisaged in some climate scenarios. Announcing Institution
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Professor Bernard Charpentier takes over as Chair of SAPEA SAPEA (Science Advice for Policy by European Academies) has announced Professor Bernard Charpentier as the new chair of the SAPEA Board. Announcing Institution
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Press release: IAP for Science statement on ‘Science and Technology for Disaster Risk Reduction’. This new statement was developed in the context of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 by a team of experts nominated by IAP member academies and led by the Science Council of Japan. Announcing Institution
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U.S. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine to Host IAP for Research Secretariat The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine USA, becomes the host for the IAP-R Secretariat, with Teresa Stoepler as the new executive director. Announcing Institution
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Press release: EASAC statement on homeopathy Homeopathy: harmful or helpful? European scientists recommend an evidence-based approach. Across Europe, many people use homeopathic products, which claim to treat a wide array of illnesses. Though these products may be popular in some countries, scientists question whether they are helpful or harmful. In a new statement, a Working Group of the European Academies’ Science Advisory Council (EASAC) - a group composed of leading scientists from across Europe - says that there is no robust, reproducible evidence that homeopathic products are effective for any known diseases, even if there is sometimes a placebo effect. Announcing Institution
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Land Degradation & Restoration: Better Evidence-based Information Critical to Achieve Global Goals Media release by the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) at a progress briefing on the IPBES Land Degradation and Restoration Assessment, during UNCCD COP13 on 7 September 2017 in Ordos, China. Leading world experts today in China presented an update on the first comprehensive evidence-based assessment of global land degradation and restoration, to be launched next March by the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services’ (IPBES). Prof. Scholes and Dr. Montanarella have co-chaired the assessment process over the past three years, leading a group of more than 100 leading international experts from 45 countries. Announcing Institution
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IPBES - 6th Plenary session of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) The sixth session of the IPBES plenary will take place from 17 to 24 March 2018, in Medellín, Colombia.On Saturday, 17 March 2018, regional consultations and the IPBES Stakeholder Day will be held. The opening ceremony of the sixth session of the IPBES Plenary will also take place on Saturday, 17 March 2018, in the late afternoon, followed by an official reception. The session is scheduled to close on Saturday, 24 March 2018. An invitation has also been sent to all Ministers for Environment of all States Members of the United Nations or Members of specialized agencies or of the International Atomic Energy Agency, to all Permanent Representatives to UN Environment, as well as to the Permanent missions to the United Nations. Announcing Institution
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New TWAS Plus issue is out - Vol. 3, No. 5 The new bimonthly bulletin – TWAS Plus – provides important Academy news and opportunities in a bright, easy-to-use format for a diverse global audience that ranges from TWAS fellows to early career researchers. Within 100 years, rising oceans will submerge the 34 islands that comprise the Republic of Kiribati, a Least Developed Country in the central Pacific Ocean. Its citizens – more than 100,000 today – could lose the land that they call home. Already, researchers are contemplating how futuristic floating islands could preserve the nation. And at the AAAS-TWAS Summer Course, experts explored how science diplomacy could build support to protect island nations from catastrophic climate change. Announcing Institution
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IAP survey results out now! Announcing Institution
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The Role of Academies in Science Advice to Governments On the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the Royal Society of New Zealand, INGSA hosted a workshop on the role of National Academies in providing scientific advice to governments. The workshop report is now available. Announcing Institution
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IAP call for proposals IAP invites its member academies, regional networks and observers to submit proposals that will address its strategic goals. Announcing Institution
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IPBES announcement: External review now open for the Americas assessment The Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) announced the start of the external review for the second order draft of the chapters and the first order draft of the summary for policymakers of the IPBES regional assessment of biodiversity and ecosystem services for the Americas. Announcing Institution
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TWAS 2017 Awards to women scientists: call for nominations The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) is looking for the nomination of female scientists for their Awards 2017. Nomination deadline is 10 July 2017. Announcing Institution
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G7 Science Academies present three statements in Rome Academies of science from the G7 countries presented three statements to Italian government officials ahead of next May’s G7 meeting hosted by Italy. Announcing Institution
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Contribute to the global discussion on STI for the SDGs Academies are encouraged to contribute to an ongoing global online discussion forum on science, technology and innovation (STI) for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Announcing Institution
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New TWAS Plus issue is out A new bimonthly bulletin – TWAS Plus – provides important Academy news and opportunities in a bright, easy-to-use format for a diverse global audience that ranges from TWAS fellows to early career researchers. Announcing Institution
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Improving global health: recommendations for G20 Summit handed over to Chancellor Angela Merkel At the dialogue forum on 22 March at the German National Academy of Science Leopoldina in Halle (Saale), Germany, the science academies of the G20 states handed over recommendations to Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel. Announcing Institution
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IPBES seeks input for the first step towards a new generation of IPBES scenarios The Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) invites stakeholders to take part in their short survey. Announcing Institution
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Invitation to IPBES meetings - update IPBES has released further details on how to attend its forthcoming Stakeholder Day and plenary sessions - including via webcast. Announcing Institution
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IAP response to US President's Executive Order on immigration Communique from the leadership of the InterAcademy Partnership - regarding the Executive Order on travel restrictions signed by the U.S. President Donald Trump Announcing Institution
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Invitation to IPBES meetings IPBES announces a Stakeholder Day in Bonn, immediately prior to its next Plenary Session. Announcing Institution
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Press release: launch of SAPEA project European academy networks launch Horizon 2020-funded SAPEA project: Science Advice for Policy by European Academies.
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The Eighth Review Conference of the Biological Weapons Convention - update This conference, organised by the United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG) has been taking place 7-25 November 2016 in Geneva, Switzerland and IAP has contributed to the discussions with two reports. Announcing Institution
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ANSTS - Call for applications for a science advice workshop in Senegal L'Académie Nationale des Sciences et Techniques du Sénégal (ANSTS) will hold a science advice workshop for participants from francophone Africa. Announcing Institution
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Accademia dei Lincei and IAP sign Charter of Rome IAP has joined with Italy’s national science academy to call for more action to be taken to protect cultural heritage and ‘Art Cities’ from natural disasters. Announcing Institution
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IAP for Health launches Statement on research reproducibility IAP for Health releases "A Call for Action on the Reproducibility of Biomedical Research" Announcing Institution
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United Nations Secretary-General's Scientific Advisory Board - update Following their meeting in Trieste in May this year - hosted by IAP, TWAS, ICTP and ICGEB - the UN Scientific Advisory Board has now published its report on 'The Future of Scientific Advice to the United Nations' Announcing Institution
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IPBES - call for open review AIP member academies are invited to review the draft scoping report for a thematic assessment of sustainable use of biodiversity which has been produced by nominated experts of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES). Announcing Institution
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IAP against bioweapons Members of IAP’s Biosecurity Working Group convened in Geneva, Switzerland, this week to provide input to the Preparatory Committee for the 8th Review Conference of the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention. Announcing Institution
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Hassan appointed to UN Council The UN Secretary General has appointed Mohamed Hassan as chair of the Governing Council of the Technology Bank for LDCs. Announcing Institution
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United Nations Secretary-General's Scientific Advisory Board - update IAP and three other scientific institutes in Trieste hosted a major United Nations conference on 24 and 25 May that attracted leading scientific experts who have been tasked to provide advice to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon. Announcing Institution
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IPBES seeking expert reviewers IPBES is inviting reviews on its draft thematic assessment on land degradation and restoration and on four regional assessments (Africa, Asia Pacific, Americas, and Europe and Central Asia) on biodiversity and ecosystem services. Announcing Institution
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Press release: United Nations Secretary-General's Scientific Advisory Board The 26 leading scientists of the Scientific Advisory Board of the UN Secretary-General will meet in Trieste, Italy, on 24 and 25 May to provide insights and recommendations on the crucial role of science in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that were adopted by the United Nations in the late 2015. Announcing Institution
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New EASAC report on EU energy policy “EU regulatory policy needs to differentiate between the greenhouse gas (GHG) intensity of transport fuels and deliver low-carbon market signals” says EASAC in a press release announcing it news statement on taking into account the 'Greenhouse gas footprints of different oil feedstocks' for transport fuels. Announcing Institution
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IPBES seeks nomination of experts Governments and other relevant stakeholders, such as academies, are invited to nominate experts to participate in various IPBES biodiversity reports. Announcing Institution
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UNEP encourages outstanding independent scientists to apply for a vacancy in 'International Waters' that will become available in July 2016 Follow the link to the Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel – Global Environment Facility (GEF) announcement (deadline 18 March 2016) ... Announcing Institution
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UNISDR Science and Technology Conference, Geneva The meeting, which brought together more than 700 researchers and other stakeholders, aimed at developing a roadmap on how best science and technology can help achieve the implementation of the 2015 Sendai Framework ... Announcing Institution
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Technology + Society = ? Future An international conference is being organized by the Montenegrin Academy of Sciences and Arts from 19 - 20 May 2016 in Podgorica. The call for abstracts is now open ... Announcing Institution
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The importance of academies of science UNESCO's recent country profile in STI policy on Rwanda contains an article by the IAP/IAMP Coordinator on the strength of academies of science in mobilizing scientists to play a leading role in society and development ... Announcing Institution
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A Science Funding Platform for Africa, created by the African Academy of Sciences (AAS) has been endorsed by African leaders The African Union (AU) endorsed the establishment of the Alliance for Accelerating Excellence in Science in Africa (AESA) during the Heads of State and Government Orientation Committee (HSGOC). The Platform aims to stimulate breakthrough innovations in health to improve the livelihoods of marginalized and stigmatized communities ... Announcing Institution
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Resilience of cultural heritage to hydrogeological disasters The Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei issues a statement on resilience of cultural heritage to hydrogeological disasters following a conference which took place in November 2014 in Rome, Italy Announcing Institution
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Save the date in 2016! All IAP and IAMP Member Academies are invited to the IAP Conference on Science Advice and General Assembly, 29 February - 3 March 2016, Hermanus, South Africa ... Announcing Institution
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Academies of Science as key instruments of science diplomacy IAP has promoted science diplomacy by forming effective global and regional networks and facilitating academics to act jointly to address critical issues of global and regional importance. Follow the link to the feature article in the AAAS quarterly publication authored by IAP Co-chairs, with Peter F. McGrath, and Robin Fears ... Announcing Institution
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IAMP releases a 'Call for Action to Strengthen Healthcare for Hearing Loss' on International Ear Care Day, 3 March 2015 The IAMP statement calls on governments and health-care providers to implement improvements to health-care provision for hearing loss ... Announcing Institution
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Mentoring African Scientists in Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine Research African Academy of Sciences (AAS) publishes report of the IAP-sponsored workshop held in Nairobi, Kenya, in August 2014 ... Announcing Institution
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IAP Co-chair presents the new InterAcademy Partnership at the World Health Summit, Berlin, Germany "Challenges that we are facing such as climate change, growing populations, global health, food security and energy shortages need solutions from science and medicine,” explained ter Meulen, who then described how the networks of science academies (IAP, IAC and IAMP) are coming together under a new umbrella structure, the InterAcademy Partnership ... Announcing Institution
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Disaster Risk Reduction The UNESCO International Day for Disaster Reduction is particularly dedicated to older people, to their needs and to their contribution to better planning and understanding disaster risks in their communities. Follow the link for an update on activities on disaster reduction from IAP membership ... Announcing Institution
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Contributing to the IPBES - the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services Work Programme 2014-2018 IAP Members are invited to provide early feedback ahead of the 3rd IPBES Plenary, on the draft scoping reports for the regional and sub-regional assessments of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) by 3 October 2014. Announcing Institution