Under the umbrella of the InterAcademy Partnership (IAP), more than 140 national, regional and global member academies work together to support the special role of the 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.

Today, IAP is working towards unifying its three constituent networks: IAP Science, IAP Health, and IAP Policy. Of these, the first two are hosted by The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) on the ICTP campus in Trieste.

Other facts and figures: 

Personnel (2020):

Technical/Admin.: 4


Research Outputs (2019): 

N° of scientific production: 21 papers, reports and publications


N° of scientific meetings&public events (2019): 62


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 leverage significant additional funding from local sources for their activities. IAP also seeks funding for major global projects in the fields of science policy and science education.

Four 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, Master, Summer School, 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 a network of YPL alumni that includes more than 200 health professionals from all over the world.

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

Contacts and Social Media/Network: 

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

Director: Romain Murenzi (TWAS Executive Director)

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 680; scaris@twas.org 

Communications Assistant: Giovanni Ortolani - phone +39 040 2240 680; gortolani@twas.org


ICTP campus, Strada Costiera 11, Trieste 34151, Italy