With the passing of another year in which the world is being reshaped to meet emerging challenges, The World Academy of Sciences for the advancement of science in developing countries has also changed, while marking numerous successes along the way.
As the world faced a global pandemic that has been transforming the world’s understanding of science and international relations, TWAS continued to progress in 2020. The Academy went on to provide important opportunities to researchers from the developing world, and it was increasingly influential globally as a centre for science policy and science diplomacy.
For TWAS, 2019 was a year of significant expansion in programmes, networks and the reach of its communication. The Academy continues to provide important opportunities to researchers from the developing world, and it is increasingly influential globally as a centre for science policy and diplomacy.
Thirty-five years after its founding, TWAS in 2018 achieved continued progress: For the first time, more than 100 countries are represented in its membership, and the proportion of women members hit a record high. The number of TWAS PhD scholars continues to grow. And strong communication initiatives are raising the Academy's global profile.
For TWAS, 2017 was a year of significant expansion in programmes, networks and the reach of its communication. The Academy continues to provide important opportunities to developing world researchers, and it is increasingly influential globally as a centre for science policy and diplomacy.
For TWAS, 2016 was a year of continued growth and high-level visibility. Its programmes continue to provide critical opportunities to developing world researchers. Its reputation as a focal point for science policy and science diplomacy is rising.
For TWAS, 2015 was a year of accomplishment. The Academy’s initiatives and membership showed robust growth. Its programmes continued to provide critical opportunities to developing world researchers. And its reputation as a focal point for science policy expanded.
With TWAS moving confidently into its fourth decade, 2014 was a year of exciting initiatives and accomplishment. The Academy’s membership is reaching into new nations. Its programmes are strong. TWAS is doing more for young scientists and women researchers in the developing world than ever before. And it is building a growing global audience for its communication.
2013 has been auspicious for TWAS. We celebrated the Academy’s 30th anniversary with a year of activities, culminating in the 24th TWAS General Meeting in Buenos Aires. We initiated some valuable new programmes and projects. And we looked to the future, with growth in our fellowships and prize programmes and accomplishments in our science diplomacy initiative.
The foreword of the TWAS Annual Report is typically devoted to the president’s review of the year just ended. But 2012 was the sixth and final year of President Jacob Palis in this office, and it seemed an appropriate time to reflect on all that we have accomplished together in these years, and on some important work that waits ahead, left in very good hands of new President Bai Chunli and the new Board and Council.