TWAS Plus - Vol. 10 No. 3 - June 2024


During the TWAS workshop funded by the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, IPCC experts taught 45 developing-world scientists how to disseminate climate information to a broad audience, including policymakers. Among the participants were 12 PhD students supported by the TWAS-Sida PhD Scholarships for Climate Research for Students from Least Developed Countries (LDCs). 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

ICCBS Postgraduate Fellowships in Pakistan
Young scientists from developing countries, other than Pakistan, who wish to earn a PhD in chemical and biological sciences, may apply for a TWAS-International Centre for Chemical and Biological Sciences fellowship. Deadline: 17 July. 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 career. Deadline: 5 June. 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 spend three months at a German institutes to establish new collaborations and longer-term links. Deadline: 12 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.

NCP 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.

ICCBS Postdoctoral Fellowships in Pakistan
Postdoctoral research fellowships of 6–12 months in organic chemistry, biochemistry, biotechnology, molecular medicine, pharmacology or physical chemistry are available to young scientists from developing countries, other than Pakistan, under the TWAS-ICCBS programme. Deadline: 17 July.

Awarding science that cares for sustainability
The TWAS-Samira Omar Innovation for Sustainability Award honours women scientists from Least Developed Countries for their impactful results on the environment and biodiversity. Deadline: 30 June.

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: 30 June.

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 must be women scientists from the science and technology-lagging countries identified by TWAS. Deadline: 30 June.


In a new essay for educators and science advocates, TWAS Fellow Bruce Alberts and his co-authors explain, defend, and herald the power of science. More

2023 TWAS-Fayzah M. Al-Kharafi Award winner Nyovani Janet Madise of Malawi is committed to improving the conditions of pregnant women living in Kenyan slums. More

Fetenech Meskele Ganebo, a TWAS-SISSA-Lincei fellowship awardee and Cinzia Vitale Onlus winner, visited Trieste University to set up a computational system that identifies malaria risk factors. More

Meet the class of TWAS Young Affiliates selected in 2023 for their scientific accomplishments, energy and enthusiasm. More

Research grants are a vital support for scientists from the developing world as they allow to purchase equipment, tools, and supplies, notes Atish Dabholkar, TWAS Executive Director ad interim and ICTP Director, in his TWAS Newsletter editorial. More


TYAN workshop in Akure
Don't miss the upcoming 16th TYAN international workshop in Akure, Nigeria. Big data, analytics and machine intelligence will hold center stage. Registration deadline: 12 June.

Building new collaborations
TYAN Chair Franco Cabrerizo has recently visited the Institute of Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, to explore potential collaborations and knowledge sharing for the whole TYAN community.

Opportunities in Open Science
TYAN Chair Franco Cabrerizo and a TYAN delegation paid a visit to the National Science Library of the Chinese Academy of Sciences to explore collaboration opportunities in Open Science and enhance global scientific communication.



Transport decarbonisation takes the front row
Read the latest IAP-Network of African Science Academies report about the state of transport decarbonisation in Africa, and learn what the opportunities, challenges and policy options are.

New biosecurity report
Based on a meeting held in Trieste, Italy, IAP has released its biosecurity report 'Science and Technology Advisory Mechanism for the Biological Weapons Convention, A Proof-of-Concept Exercise’.

Addressing water scarcity
Have you ever heard about the 'IAP Speaks' campaign? It highlights the IAP water programme, focusing on IANAS and NASAC regional efforts to address water scarcity.

Best in her field
In partnership with the Humanitarian Engineering Department of Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, OWSD has just released 'Best in Her Field', the first prototype of a board game representing the journey of women scientists from the developing world.

Building new skills
Last April, 23 women scientists from the Global South gathered in Trieste, Italy to receive training in grant management, procurement, intellectual property, communications and presentation skills.

Seeking a new director
ICTP's partner institute in Rwanda, the East African Institute for Fundamental Research, seeks candidates for the position of director. Deadline: 30 June 2024.

Visiting fellowships in mathematics
Visiting fellowships in ICTP's Mathematics section are available in 2024 for short-term visits of up to three months. Deadline: 31 December 2024.

TRIL Programme is seeking candidates
ICTP's Training and Research in Italian Laboratories (TRIL) Programme places scientists in an Italian laboratory for research in the physical sciences. Application deadline: ongoing.

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Screenshot of TWAS Presidents's video

TWAS supports the next generation of developing world climate scientists. The Academy brought together 47 scientists from 36 developing countries and 15 highly accomplished climate experts with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in Trieste, Italy, for a unique training opportunity on 14–16 May 2024.

"Our vision is to foster a cohesive and active scientific community in the global South
that can contribute to the work of the IPCC."

TWAS President, Quarraisha Abdool Karim

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