TWAS Plus - Vol. 10 No. 2 - April 2024


Virus detection and biosecurity held center stage at a course organized in Trieste by TWAS, ICGEB, IAP and the Biological Weapons Convention. Young scientists and experts from across the globe debated about effective measures to reduce biological risks and promote the peaceful use of biology. More


Postgraduate programmes in India
Under a joint TWAS-S.N. Bose programme, science master's degree holders from developing countries, other than India, may pursue a five-year PhD in physical sciences at the S.N. Bose National Centre for Basic Sciences, in Kolkata. Deadline: 1 July. More

Cooperation visits in Germany: MENA region
TWAS and the German Research Foundation (DFG) offer cooperation visits to postdoctoral scientists from the MENA region. Researchers may pay three-month visits to German institutes to establish new collaborations and longer-term links. Deadline: 5 June. More

Cooperation visits in Germany: sub-Saharan Africa
Postdoctoral researchers from sub-Saharan Africa may spend three months at a German institute under the TWAS-DFG Cooperation Visits Programme, to foster new collaborations and build their careers. Deadline: 5 June. More

Postdoctoral programmes in India
Postdoctoral positions in the physical sciences are available in India, through a TWAS-S.N. Bose joint programme. PhD holders from developing countries, other than India, are eligible to spend 6–12 months at the S.N. Bose National Centre for Basic Science in Kolkata. Deadline: 1 July. More

Postdoctoral fellowships in Pakistan
PhD holders from developing countries, other than Pakistan, are invited to apply for a postdoctoral fellowship under the joint TWAS-National Centre for Physics, in Islamabad. The fellowship lasts 6–12 months. Deadline: 1 July. More

Mathematicians to award
Outstanding mathematicians working and living in sub-Saharan Africa or the Arab region may be nominated for the TWAS-Mohammad A. Hamdan Award. The mathematical work can be related to pure, applied, probability and statistical mathematics. Deadline: 10 May. More

Rewarding achievements in life sciences
The TWAS-CAS Young Scientists Award for Frontier Science awards young scientists from developing countries for their achievements in life sciences. Deadline: 10 May 2024. More

Awarding science that cares for sustainability
The TWAS-Samira Omar Innovation for Sustainability Award bestows women scientists from Least Developed Countries for their impactful results on the environment and biodiversity. Deadline: 10 May. More

Seeking outstanding women biologists
Women scientists with impressive results in biology may be nominated for the TWAS-Abdool Karim Award in Biological Sciences. Scientists must be from a least developed country in Africa. Deadline: 10 May. More

Honouring women scientists from countries lagging in S&T
TWAS is seeking nominations to bestow the 2024 Fayzah M. Al-Kharafi award in chemistry, mathematics, physics or engineering sciences. Candidates are women scientists from the science and technology-lagging countries identified by TWAS. Deadline: 10 May. More

TWAS chemistry award seeking nominations
The call is open for 2024 TWAS-Atta-ur-Rahman Award nominations in chemistry. TWAS members, science academies and institutions may submit a candidate. Deadline: 10 May. More


Building better energy-storing devices is the goal of Ghanaian computational chemist Caroline Kwawu and Senegalese nanomaterials physicist Balla Diop Ngom. Their work is funded by a TWAS collaborative grant supported by Sida. More

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Nigerian microbiologist Rine Christopher Reuben wants to replace or, at least, reduce the use of antibiotics in animal husbandry. His project is supported by a TWAS- BMBF grant, through the SG-NAPI programme. More


Be the next TWAS Young Affiliate
Every year, TWAS’s Regional Partners select up to 25 scientists younger than 40, to become Young Affiliates. Check your eligibility and follow the guidelines to apply. More

Discover TYAN
Do you know what a TWAS Young Affiliate is, and what are the benefits of becoming one? Learn about TYAN, the TWAS Young Affiliates Network and why this group of dynamic and international scientists is so unique. More

Natural remedies in the pipeline
TYAN and ICGEB joined efforts in Trieste, Italy, at a workshop on natural bioactive compounds with antimicrobial properties, exploring natural remedies and their potential against resistant strains. The collaboration resulted in a joint paper published in Trends in Analytical Chemistry. More



Collaboration without barriers
What are the barriers that hinder global scientific exchange and collaboration? Watch the latest IAP webinar and learn more. More

Do you know IAP?
Curious about IAP's mission? Discover IAP's social media campaign spotlighting voices from the InterAcademy Partnership leadership. More

Nepali workshop
The OWSD GAMECHANGERS workshop (20-23 May) will bring in Kathmandu, Nepal OWSD Early Career Fellows and policy experts to catalyse research, policy, and advocacy efforts around gender equality in STEM. More

Dirac Medal
ICTP is accepting nominations for the Dirac Medal, awarded annually to scientists who have made significant contributions to theoretical physics. Deadline: 14 June. More

Seeking Director in Rwanda
The East African Institute for Fundamental Research, ICTP's partner institute in Rwanda, seeks candidates for the position of Director. Deadline: 30 June. More

Position available with Condensed Matter
ICTP seeks applications for one postdoctoral position starting Fall 2024 or beginning of 2025 to work in the Condensed Matter and Statistical Physics section. Deadline: 31 May. More

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Screenshot of TWAS Presidents's video

What does it take to become a science diplomat? Clarissa Rios Rojas, Political Affairs Officer in the Biological Weapons Convention Implementation Support Unit (UNODA), discusses the qualities and skills needed for a career in science diplomacy.

"Today, more than ever, collaborations and partnerships among scientists across the globe are critical to advancing knowledge, addressing our shared vulnerabilities, and building bridges for a safer, sustainable, and peaceful future— and to ensure a legacy for generations to come. Science diplomacy and solidarity are key to this endeavour."

TWAS President, Quarraisha Abdool Karim


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