Leopoldina to Host Conventions of the Multinational Associations of Science Academies, IAP and IAC

on March 23, 2012 11:48 AM EDT

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Leopoldina National Academy of Germany in Halle (Photo: Flickr.com/ginti_46)

From 26 to 28 March, the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina in Halle (Saale) will host meetings of the two associations of national science academies, the InterAcademy Council (IAC) and the InterAcademy Panel (IAP). The executive committees of the two organisations, which include representatives of the science academies of the UK, Australia, France, China, Chile and the US, will meet in the Leopoldina's new main building to discuss current and future projects. The Leopoldina is a member of both associations.

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The Leopoldina's President, Professor Jörg Hacker said: "We are very much looking forward to receiving this distinguished group of international scientists in our headquarters." He added that this occasion would help make the new location a centre for international dialogue and exchange on issues relating to providing science-based advice to society and policymakers.

The Executive Committee of the InterAcademy Panel (IAP) will be meeting first, on 26 and 27 March. The IAP is an international network of over 100 national academies that aims to promote cooperation among its members and advise governments and social actors on issues of global relevance.

"The support of a national academy such as the Leopoldina is important in fostering the IAP network," says IAP Co-Chair and former President of the African Academy of Sciences, Professor Mohamed Hassan of Sudan. Professor Hassan also emphasised the excellent cooperation between the IAP and the Leopoldina when it comes to promoting outstanding junior scientists.

After the two-day meeting of the IAP, the Executive Committee of the InterAcademy Council (IAC) will meet on 28 March. "The 2012 IAC Board meeting in Halle will provide an opportunity to set an agenda for producing future IAC reports of critical importance to all nations", says Professor Robbert Dijkgraaf, the Co-Chair of the IAC and President of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences.

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