November 9, 2017

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U.S. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine to Host InterAcademy Partnership for Research (IAP-R) Secretariat

WASHINGTON – The U.S. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine are now serving as the host for the InterAcademy Partnership for Research (IAP-R) secretariat. The IAP-R, formerly known as the InterAcademy Council, mobilizes the world’s leading experts to produce reports that provide scientific advice on issues critical to the global community. Past reports include a review of the work of the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and a global guide on the responsible conduct of scientific research. 

“We believe that it is more important than ever for the U.S. scientific community to maintain and strengthen its alliances with researchers around the world, including through partnerships with scientific academies,” said Marcia McNutt, president of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences. “At no time in history has science advice to governments been more necessary, and thus we are committed to collaborating on the development of global mechanisms to provide sound advice to the international community on cross-border issues that affect us all.”

Under a recently signed memorandum of understanding, the U.S. National Academies will host and staff the IAP-R secretariat for up to the next five years. The IAP-R is the research advisory arm of the  InterAcademy Partnership (IAP), which brings together more than 130 national and regional academies of science, medicine and engineering. IAP and its members work together to support the critical role of science in seeking solutions to pressing global challenges.   

“The U.S. is a world leader in research, and so for the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine to be hosting the InterAcademy Partnership for Research is excellent news and a clear sign of the firm commitment of the U.S. scientific community to international partnerships,” said Richard Catlow, co-chair of IAP-R’s governing board and foreign secretary of the U.K.’s Royal Society. “Science is global, but the U.S. is a great hub which will allow us to draw in expertise and to reach out to influence policy making.”   

IAP-R brings together pre-eminent scientists and engineers worldwide to provide high-quality, in-depth scientific advice to the United Nations, other international organizations, and national governments on critical science policy issues. To accomplish this, IAP-R conducts studies using expert committees and independent peer review.  Currently there are two IAP-R studies in progress – one that is identifying ways to improve scientific input to global policymaking in order to help attain the Sustainable Development Goals, and another examining how best to harness science, engineering, and medicine to address Africa’s challenges. 

“The global reach of IAP-R allows it to provide scientific advice that is able to influence policymakers across the world,” said Daya Reddy, co-chair of IAP-R’s governing board and past president of the Academy of Science of South Africa. “Likewise, IAP-R is in a position of being able to produce guidance for the scientific community that is not constrained by national or regional boundaries. There are clear advantages that will accrue by having as host the U.S. National Academies, with its lengthy and exemplary record of experience in the domain of science advice.”

Dr. Teresa Stoepler has been selected as the executive director of IAP-R. Stoepler is also a program officer in the Policy and Global Affairs Division of NASEM, where she continues to lead the Pakistan – U.S. Science & Technology Cooperation Program and contributes to other international scientific activities.  

Visit http://interacademies.org/ for information on the InterAcademy Partnership and http://interacademycouncil.net/ for information on IAP-R, or contact Teresa Stoepler, executive director of IAP-R, Washington D.C., tstoepler@iapartnership.org or tstoepler@nas.edu, +1-202-334-2238.

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