[ASC-media] Academy hosts meeting of international science academies

Sharon Abrahams sharon.abrahams at science.org.au
Mon Sep 24 10:10:24 CEST 2007

24 September 2007


Academy hosts meeting of international science academies


The Australian Academy of Science will host the executive meeting of the
InterAcademy Panel on International Issues from 26-27 September at the
Shine Dome.


The InterAcademy Panel (IAP) is a global network of science academies.
Member academies work together to advise the public and officials on the
scientific aspects of critical global issues. IAP is particularly
interested in assisting young and small academies achieve these goals
through creating communication links and networks. 


The panel will be co-hosted by Professor Chen Zu from China and
Professor Howard Alper from Canada. 


*	Professor Zu is a molecular biologist specialising in leukaemia
research.  He is the Chinese Minister of Health, until recently
Vice-President of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Director of the
Chinese National Human Genome Center in Shanghai and Director of the
Shanghai Institute of Haematology. He is also responsible for China's
biotechnology programme. 


*	Professor Alper is Professor of Chemistry and Vice-President of
Research, at the University of Ottawa. His research has applications in
the pharmaceutical, petrochemical and other industries.  He is currently
Foreign Secretary of The Academies of the Arts, Humanities and Sciences
of Canada, and is actively engaged in policy creation and implementation
for research and innovation in Canada and abroad. 


The IAP meeting coincides with the address to the National Press Club by
the Australian Academy President, Professor Kurt Lambeck, on a Roadmap
for a prosperous Australia in a competitive world.  Professor Lambeck
will be launching the Academy's 2007 policy document Research and
innovation in Australia.


As outlined in the policy document, the Australian Academy recognises
the need to forge stronger strategic alliances in science and
technology, not only with its traditional collaborating partners in
Europe and North America, but also with developing countries. Hosting
the IAP emphasises Australia's willingness to forge these alliances,
particularly as panel members from Asian, European, African, and North
and South American academies and societies will be attending.


Media opportunities and enquiries:


Media opportunities will be available at the following times:


*	1:30 pm, Wednesday 26 September, National Press Club of
*	9.45 am - 12:00 pm, Thursday 27 September, CSIRO Sustainable


For further details of panel members and to arrange a meeting with them


Fenja Theden (02) 6201 9410, fenja.theden at science.org.au

Richard Bray, (02) 6201 9452, richard.bray at science.org.au


Further information:


The InterAcademy Panel on International Issues




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