The InterAcademy Panel for Science (former IAP) is a global network of over 100 science academies. Its primary goal is to act as an advisory body to politicians and societies around the globe, providing independent recommendations of the highest standard on the scientific aspects of the global challenges facing mankind in a manner analogous to the German Research Foundation, as well as promoting collaboration between science academies. In addition, the IAP for Science supports countries as yet without science academies to found and develop these, and ensures that the voices of small and medium-sized academies are heard by policymakers at both the regional and national levels. The IAP also provides funding for early-stage researchers in special funding programmes.
Under the leadership of the Union of the German Academies of Sciences and Humanities, a project on green genetic engineering was initiated in 2004. The Working Group on Prospects of Genetically Modified Crops for the World’s Food Supply has issued a memorandum and two position statements.
The organisational seat of the IAP for Science is at the Third World Academy of Sciences in Trieste, Italy. It is primarily funded by the Italian government and by voluntary donations from its member academies, which also provide the network with cost-free services and contributions in kind.
Representative of the Union:
Prof. Dr Alfred Pühler
Bielefeld University, Center for Biotechnology
Member of the North Rhine-Westphalian Academy of Sciences, Humanities and the Arts