The InterAcademy Partnership is composed of three international networks of academies of science, medicine and engineering: IAP for Science, IAP for Health and IAP for Research. Of these, the first two are hosted by The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) on the ICTP campus in Trieste.

Under IAP, more than 130 national and regional member academies work together to support the special role of science and its efforts to seek solutions to address the world's most challenging problems. In particular, IAP harnesses the expertise of the world's scientific, medical and engineering leaders to advance sound policies, promote excellence in science education, improve public health, and achieve other critical development goals.

Other facts and figures: 

Personnel (2017):

Technical/Admin.: 3


Research Outputs (2017): 

N° of scientific production: 12 papers


N° of scientific meetings&public events (2017): 15


IAP receives its core funding from the Government of Italy through an agreement between the Government of Italy and UNESCO. It is administered by UNESCO and is considered a programme unit of UNESCO, as is its host academy, TWAS. In addition to its core funds, IAP receives voluntary contributions from some member academies, and its regional networks mange to leverage significant funding from local sources for their activities. IAP is embarking on a strategy of sourcing additional funds for major global projects in the fields of science policy and science education.

It’s composed by 3 international networks of academies of science, medicine and engineering: IAP for Science, IAP for Health and IAP for Research.

More than 130 national and regional member/academies of science, medicine and engineering.

4 regional networks receive core funding from IAP for their regional activities: the Association of Academies and Societies in Asia (AASSA), the European Academies Science Advisory Council (EASAC), the Inter-American Network of Academies of Science (IANAS) and the Network of African Science Academies (NASAC).

Facilities: 

80 square meters offices at TWAS/ICTP.

Libraries and n° of available publications/journals: www.interacademies.org 

Fellowships, PhD Courses, etc.: 

IAP does not have fellowships or PhD courses as such. However, it holds an annual Young Physician Leaders (YPL) training workshop as a side event to the World Health Summit in Berlin each October.

About 25 new YPL are trained each year and join our network of YPL alumni.

IAP also supports the participation of young scientists (who should be nominated by an IAP member academy) in various events, including the World Science Forum, and works closely with the Global Young Academy.

Information for international students: 

Most work of IAP is carried out through agreements with its member academies and through experts nominated by member academies.

We receive very few visitors in Trieste, although there is the possibility to participate in the work of the secretariat as an intern.

International Partnerships: 

IAP includes more than 130 national and regional academies of science, medicine and engineering among its membership. These are divided into four regional networks that receive core funding from IAP for their regional activities: the Association of Academies and Societies in Asia (AASSA), the European Academies Science Advisory Council (EASAC), the Inter-American Network of Academies of Science (IANAS) and the Network of African Science Academies (NASAC).

Among its other partners, IAP works with TWAS, the International Council for Science (ICSU) and the International Social Sciences Council (ISSC) under the banner of ‘Science International’, which focuses on ‘policy-for-science’ issues.

IAP is also engaged with international/United Nations-linked organizations such as the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention (BWC), the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), the World Health Organization (WHO), the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), etc.

Contacts: 

Presidents: Volker ter Meulen (Germany) and Depei Liu (China)

Director: Romain Murenzi (Executive director, TWAS)

Coordinator: Peter McGrath - phone +39 040 2240 571; mcgrath@twas.org

Administrative assistant: Muthoni Kareithi - phone +39 040 2240 681; iap@twas.org

Administrative assistant: Sabina Caris - phone +39 040 2240 662; scaris@twas.org 


ICTP campus, Strada Costiera 11, Trieste 34151, Italy