Science Academies in Society

Sunday, February 21, 2010: 3:30 PM-5:00 PM
Room 1A (San Diego Convention Center)
Merit-based national science academies have been praised for the vast storehouse of knowledge that their members represent. But they have also been criticized for operating in blissful disregard of the critical concerns of their societies. They have been viewed more as brainy men's clubs than brainy men of action. That image has been undergoing a transformation over the past 15 years as science academies seek to become more relevant to society without compromising the principles that have been the source of their strength: an unwavering dedication to excellence. This session will examine the recent steps that have been taken by science academies worldwide to address the major challenges that they face in making their work relevant and useful both to their nations and the global scientific community. Emphasis will be placed on the activities of the InterAcademy Panel, a global network of merit-based science academies headquartered in Trieste, Italy.
Daniel Schaffer, TWAS
Tasia Asakawa, Academy of Sciences for the Developing World (TWAS)
Mohamed H.A. Hassan, Academy of Sciences for the Developing World (TWAS)
Tracey Elliott, Royal Society
and Bruce M. Alberts, AAAS/Science
Chunli Bai, Chinese Academy of Sciences
Academies and Government
Jutta Schnitzer-Ungefug, German Academy of Sciences Leopoldina
Academies and Youth
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