The World Academy of Science (TWAS) for the Advancement of Science in developing countries is an autonomous international organization founded in 1983 in Trieste, Italy, by a distinguished group of scientists from the developing world under the leadership of Noble laureate Abdus Salam of Pakistan. It was officially launched as the “Third World Academy of Sciences” by the Secretary General of the United Nations in 1985.
The World Academy of Sciences for the advancement of science in developing countries (UNESCO-TWAS) works to support sustainable prosperity through research, education, policyand diplomacy
TWAS was founded in 1983 by a distinguished group of scientists from the developing world,under the leadership of Pakistani physicist Abdus Salam, Nobel Prize winner in 1979. By the end of 2021, UNESCO-TWAS had more than 1,300 elected Fellows—11 of them Nobel laureates— representing 108 countries. The Academy is based in Trieste, Italy, on the campus of the Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP). TWAS, a programme unit of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), receives its core funding from the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation. The Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) provides essential funding for TWAS programmes. Through more than three decades, TWAS mission has remained consistent, namely, to:
- Recognize, support and promote excellence in scientific research in the developing world
- Respond to the needs of young scientists in countries that are lagging in science and technology
- Promote South-South and South-North cooperation in science, technology and innovation, and
- Encourage scientific research and sharing of experiences in solving major challenges faced by developing countries.
TWAS has established a few National Chapters in different countries. These Chapters meet to discuss issues of common concern including the role of sustainable development. The Chapters also enables scientists involved with TWAS Research Grants and Fellowship Programmes to link to their nation wider scientific communities.
TWAS has established 5 Regional Offices to enable to organise various programmes for the promotion of science in the developing worlds. These offices cover : (a) Latin American and Carribean region, (b) East and South East Asia and Pacific region, (c) Central and South Asia regions, (d)Arab region and (e) Sub Saharan African region.
The Academy of Sciences for The Developing World (hereinunder referred to as TWAS) and the Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research (herein under referred to as JNCASR), recognizing the importance of strengthening cooperation and reinforcing the impact of TWAS’s activities in Central and South Asia, hereby agree to the following;
1. ]NCASR shall host the TWAS by providing secretarial and administrative assistance and office space. It shall coordinate efforts to promote the activities of TWAS and its affiliated organizations in Central and South Asia region, including training fellowships, grants, awards, networks, as recommended in the Academy’s current and future strategic plans.
2. In particular, the Regional Partner shall:
(i) enhance the visibility of TWAS among young and promising scientists, policy —makers and media through, for example, the organization of public lectures, discussion meetings, television programmes and local newspapers /magazines;
(ii) identify eminent scientists in the region and nominate them for TWAS membership and awards;
(iii) assess the vitality and effectiveness of TWAS ‘s activities in the region;
(iv) organize activities in areas of science and technology of critical importance to the region;
3. Activities of Regional Partner shall include periodic meetings of TWAS members, TWAS symposia and lectures and the creation of a website to be linked to the TWAS homepage, Reports of activities of Regional Offices shall be published in the TWAS Newsletter and website.
Young Scientists’ Online Meeting on Climatic Change and Earth Systems Organized by Nepal Academy of Science & Technology, Nepal and In association with TWAS Central & South Asia Regional Partner (TWAS-CASAREP)@ Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research, Bengaluru, India on: 01-03 November 2023
- Science Diplomacy Workshop held online during 17-21 October 2022 in association with NIAS during 17-21 October, 2022
- Young Scientists Online Meeting on “ Air Quality, Water Resources, Energy and Climate Change” click here for details October 25-27, 2021
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- Education & Learning – Pandemic Times- November 24-26, 2020
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Call for Nomination
- TWAS Young Affiliates 2021
- Science in Exile webinar "Long-term support of refugee and displaced scientists: the power of mentorship"
- African-German Scientific Exchange in the Field of Public Health
- Dissemination - CTBTO Science and Technology Conference 2021 (SnT21)
- Dissemination - Launch of the 2020 TWAS Awards Webinar Series - Invitation to the first webinar on agricultural science, 10 June 2021, 1 p.m., Rome time
- Seed Grant for New African Principal Investigators (SG-NAPI)
- Science in Exile initiative - Dissemination
- AAAS David and Betty Hamburg Award for Science Diplomacy - Dissemination
- 2021 TWAS Regional Award
- 2021 IsDB - TWAS Postdoctoral Fellowship Programme Call - Dissemination | Brochure
- 2021 AAAS-TWAS Science Diplomacy training programme - dissemination
- Australian Academy of Sciences - survey and sharing personal stories on pandemic DISSEMINATION
- Call for nominations - 2021 TWAS AWARDS
- CSIR Postgraduate fellowships
- CSIR Postdoctoral fellowships
- SN Bose Postgraduate fellowships
- SN Bose Postdoctoral fellowships\
- TWAS YOUNG AFFILIATESHIP 2021
- OWSD PhD Fellowships
- 2020 TWAS REGIONAL AWARD
- TWAS YOUNG AFFILIATES 2020
- Dissemination - Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization conference
- Call for Nomination for Science Forum South Africa
- survey from the InterAcademy Partnership (IAP)
- Call for Nominations “OWSD-Elsevier Foundation Awards for early career women scientists from the developing world.
- UNESCO Open Science consultation
- Call for Nominations “Refugee and Displaced Young Scientists Programme.
- call for nominations "TWAS Fellow Awards 2020
- Call for Nominations “TWAS YOUNG AFFILIATESHIP 2020
- Call for nominations "TWAS REGIONAL AWARDS 2020
- Call for Applications 2020 - OWSD Early Career Fellowships
- TWAS-Lenovo Science Award in Agricultural Sciences_call for 2020 nominations
- TWAS-ASM Regional Workshop on Science Diplomacy
- Calls for applications - TWAS/BioVisionAlexandria.NXT 2020
- TWAS YOUNG AFFILIATES 2019
- "2020 OWSD-Elsevier Foundation Awards for Early Career Women Scientists"
- "Nominations invited for 2019 TWAS Women scientists prizes"
- "Nominations invited for 2019 TWAS Regional Prize"
- "CALL FOR NOMINATIONS FOR YOUNG AFFILIATES - 2019"
- "CALL FOR NOMINATIONS FOR OWSD PhD and Early Career Fellowship"
- TWAS UNESCO Associateship Scheme 2018 call for applications
- The Call is open for nominations for the OPCW workshop on ‘Policy & Diplomacy for Scientists: Introduction to Responsible Research Practices in Chemical and Biochemical Sciences’, New Delhi, India, 30 Oct – 2 Nov 2018."Note by the Technical Secretariat & Application Form"
- Workshop on Climate Change during December 5-7, 2018
- TWAS Research and Advanced Training Fellowship: 2018 Call for Applications"
- 2018 TWAS Regional Office Prize "Science Diplomacy"
- [Twas Members] Call for nominations_TWAS Awards to scientists in LDCs
- NF_2018CNRRaoAward | NF_TWAS-SamiraOmarPrize_2018
- [Twas Members] Nominations sought_TWAS Prizes and Awards
- Nominations sought _TWAS-Lenovo Science Prize in Engineering Sciences
- [Twas Members] Call for nominations_TWAS Prizes and TWAS-Siwei Cheng Prize in Economic Sciences
- 2018 TWAS Young Affiliates - Call for Nomination
- TWASBioVisionAlexandria.NXT 2018
- TWAS Research Professors in Least Developed Countries (LDCs) Programme | Application Form
- Workshop on Policy and Diplomacy for Scientists
- Nominations sought_TWAS Prize and Awards 2017
- TWAS Research and Advanced Training Fellowship: 2017 | Application Form
- Nominations for TWAS-Lenovo Science Prize 2017
- TWAS-Lenovo Science Prize in Geological Sciences | Application Form
- "PRESS RELEASE: Refugee Scientists Workshop"
- "Nominations invited for 2017 TWAS Membership"
- 2017 TWAS Regional Office Prize "Public Understanding and Popularization of Science"
- Nominations sought _ 2017TWAS Prizes and 2017 TWAS-Siwei Cheng Prize in Economic Sciences
- TWAS YOUNG AFFILIATES 2017 - Call for Nomination
- Photos of Frontiers in Earth and Climate Science held at Bangalore During 5 - 7 Dec, 2016
- 2016 TWAS-UNESCO Associateship Scheme_deadline 1 December-CONICET'S RESEARCH UNITS
- 2016 TWAS-UNESCO Associateship Scheme_deadline 1 December -Centres Participating in the Scheme
- 2016 TWAS-UNESCO Associateship Scheme_deadline 1 December - APPLICATION FORM
- Young Physician Leaders Programme
- Nominations for TWAS-Lenovo Science Prize 2016
- [TWAS-MBRS] TWAS-Lenovo Science Prize in Chemical Sciences | Application Form
- [TWAS-MBRS]Fayzah M. Al-Kharafi Prize 2016
- TWAS Young Affiliates 2016
- TWAS Regional Office Prize 2016
- TWAS/Biovision.NXT 2016
- CNR Rao & Atta-Ur Rahman Prize 2016
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