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InterAcademy panel holds general assembly in Mexico

Four Nobel Laureates will participate in the InterAcademy Panel's 2003 Conference and General Assembly, to be held in Mexico City between 1-4 December.

Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics

Four Nobel Laureates - Yuan T. Lee (Chemistry 1986), Leon M. Lederman (Physics 1988), F. Sherwood Rowland (Chemistry 1995) and Mario Molina (Chemistry 1995) - will participate in the InterAcademy Panel's 2003 Conference and General Assembly, to be held in Mexico City between 1-4 December.

The theme of this year's conference, "science for society," provides a framework for discussing a broad range of issues that includes global warming, food security and emerging infectious diseases. More than 150 scientists from 75 countries are expected to attend to the event, which is being hosted by the Mexican Academy of Sciences.

Highlights of this year's conference will include broad-based discussions of the major issues that have guided IAP's work over the past three years. These issues include mother-and-child health issues, capacity building for young science academies, science and education, and science and the media.

In addition, there will be two satellite symposia examining science education and the current state of scientific research concerning global groundwater supplies.

At the conference, the InterAcademy Council (IAC), headquartered in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, will officially issue its science capacity building report. The report, designed for decision makers across the globe, is designed to focus international attention on the critical role that scientific and technological capacity building plays in a nation's economic and social well-being. It also outlines the steps that should be taken to help build such capacity in developing countries.

For additional information, please contact Carlos Garza, Press Officer, Mexican Academy of Sciences, or Daniel Schaffer, Public Information Officer, Third World Academy of Sciences,


Monday, 1 December
15:00-17:00 Registration - Hotel Radisson
Opening Session
18:00-19:30 Opening Ceremony
Antonio De La Pena (Mexico City)
Eduardo Krieger (Sao Paulo)
Yves Quéré (Paris)
A Scientific Opening: Climate Change
Mario Molina (Cambridge, MA)
Message from the Director General, UNESCO Walter Erdelen (Deputy Director-General, UNESCO, Paris)
Opening Speeches
Jaime Parada (Head of the National Research and Technological Council, Mexico)
Reyes Tamez (Minister of Education, Mexico)
20:00 Opening Dinner

Tuesday, 2 December
General Conference
Chair: Howard Alper (Ottawa)
History of IAP
09:00-09:20 Birth and Evolution of IAP
Prakash Tandon (New Delhi)
Science for Society
09:20-10:00 Science Education for Children
Wei Yu (Beijing)
10:00-10:15 Discussion
10:15-10:55 Prevention and Care of AIDS in Africa
Glenda Gray (Cape Town)
10:55-11:10 Discussion
11:10-11:30 Coffee Break
Chair: Gabriel Ogunmola (Ibadan)
11:30-12:10 Role of Social Sciences in Societal Development
Çigdem Kagitçibasi (Istanbul)
12:10-12:25 Discussion
12:25-13:05 Scientists and Their Societal Responsibilities
Yuan T. Lee (Taipeh)
13:05-13:20 Discussion
13:30 Lunch
Chair: Andrzej Legocki (Warsaw)
15:00-15:40 Free Circulation of Scientists and of Information
Erling Norrby (Stockholm)
15:40-15:55 The Position of National Academies of Science on Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs). The Need of Better Scientific Communication
Francesco Salamini (Köln)
15:55-16:10 Presentation
Moisès Wasserman (Bogota)
16:10-16:30 Discussion 16:30-17:00 The New Challenges of ICSU
Jane Lubchenko (Corvallis)
17:00-19:00 Poster Session
IAP Members
Chair: Sherwood Rowland (Irvine)
Dinner Lecture
21:00-21:40 The Exo-Planets
Didier Queloz (Geneva)

Wednesday, 3 December
General Conference (cont.)
Chair: Umirsak Sultangazin (Almaty)
09.00-09.20 Biological Weapons and International Regulations
Decio Ripandelli (Trieste)
09.20-09.30 Discussion
Chair: Goverdhan Mehta (Bangalore)
The Achievements of the IAC
09:30-09:45 IAC from Tokyo to Mexico
Bruce Alberts (Washington DC)
09:45-10:20 Building Worldwide Capacities in Science and Technology
Ismael Serageldin (Alexandria)
Jacob Palis (Rio de Janeiro)
10:20-10:55 Improving Agricultural Productivity and Food Security in Africa
Rudy Rabbinge (Wageningen)
Speciosa Kazibwe (Kampala)
10:55-11:10 IAC and the Future
Goverdhan Mehta (Bangalore)
11:10-11:30 Discussion
11:30-12:00 Coffee Break
Chair: Maria del Carmen Samayoa (Guatemala City)
Science in Mexico
12:00-12:45 Science in Mexico
Antonio de la Peña (Mexico City)
12:45-13:00 Discussion
13:00 Lunch
Chair: Niceas Schamp (Brussels)
Main Recent Actions of IAP
14:30-15:00 Three Years in the Life of IAP
Yves Quéré (Paris)
Eduardo Krieger (Sao Paulo)
15:00-15:30 1-Capacity Building of Young Academies
Mohamed Hassan (Trieste)
15:30-16:00 2-Teaching Science, a Worldwide Challenge
Lee Yee-Cheong (Kuala Lumpur)
16:00-16:10 The ICSU-IAP Portal on Science Education
16:10-16:30 Coffee Break
Chair: Wieland Gevers (Cape Town)
16:30-16:50 3-Science, the Media, the Lay Public and the Politician
Sherwood Rowland (Irvine)
16:50-17:10 4-Health of Mother and Child
André Capron (Lille)
The Achievements of the IAMP
17:10-17:25 IAMP from Tokyo to Mexico
David Challoner (Gainesville,Florida & Washington DC)
Chair: Hassan Zohoor (Tehran)
17:25-18:10 Engaging the Public with Science
Julia Higgins (London)
18:10-18:30 Discussion
Chair: Kurt Lambeck (Canberra)
Dinner Lecture
21:00-21:40 Emerging Diseases
Chen Zhu (Shanghai)

Thursday, 4 December
IAP General Assembly
Chair: Edoardo Vesentini (Pisa)
09:00-10:30 New IAP Challenges - Proposals by Academies (Short contributions)
10:30-10:50 Coffee Break
10:50-12:10 New IAP Challenges (cont.)
Chair: Alassane Dialy Ndiaye (Dakar)
12:10-13:00 Presentations by IAP Observers
ALLEA (All European Academies) Pieter Drenth (Amsterdam)
CSU (Caribbean Scientific Union Harold Ramkissoon (Port of Spain)
EASAC (European Academies Science Advisory Council) Peter Collins (London)
NASAC (Network of African Science Academies) Gideon Okelo (Nairobi)
FASAS (Federation of Asian Scientific Academies and Societies) *
AASA (Association of Academies of Sciences in Asia) *
13:00 Lunch
Chair: IAP co-Chairs
14:30-18:30 Business Session
14:30-15:45 Report of co-Chairs and Secretariat
Acceptance of new Members
Presentation of IAP Statements
15:45-16:15 Coffee Break
16:15-18:00 Discussion of Statutes and Rules of Procedure
Election of IAP Co-Chairs
Election of new IAP Executive Committee
Renewal of IAP Secretariat
18:00-18:30 Concluding Remarks
IAP co-Chairs
18:30-19:30 Press Conference
Chair: Willem Levelt (Amsterdam)
Dinner Lecture
21:00-21:40 New Dimensions of Chemical Science
C.N.R. Rao (Bangalore)

Friday, 5 December
Satellite Symposia - in parallel
Symposium I: Global Importance of Groundwater
co-organized by Luis E. Marin (Mexican Academy of Sciences, Mexico City) and
José Galicia Tundisi (Brazilian Academy of Sciences, Sao Paulo)
09:00-09:10 Welcome
L.E. Marín and J. Galicia Tundisi
09:10-10:00 Perceptions and Realities About Water Availability: Overcoming the Accidents of Birth
Steve Ragone (USA)
10:00-11:00 Management of Coastal Aquifers
Jacob Bear (Israel)
11:00-11:30 Coffee Break
11:30-12:30 Capacity building
José Galicia Tundisi (Brazil)
12:30-13:30 Unseen Poison: The Rural Poor and Water
Susan Smith (Canada)
13:30-15:00 Lunch
15:00-16:00 The Relevance of Ethical Issues in Groundwater Governance
Ramón Llamas (Spain)
16:00-16:30 Global Water Program
Luis E. Marín (Mexico)
16:30-17:30 Round Table
17:30-18:30 Cocktail hosted by the National Ground Water Association
Symposium II: Science Education and the Learning Brain
co-organized by Carlos Bosch-Giral and Ricardo Tapia (Mexico City)
09:00-10.00 L. Lederman
10.00-11.00 I. Izquierdo
11.00-11:30 Coffee Break
11:30-12:30 F. Bermudez
12:30-13:30 S. Ortega
13.30-15.00 Lunch
15.00-17.00 Round Table P. Lena, L. Lederman, I. Izquierdo, F. Bermudez, V. Krishnan, R. Tapia, C. Bosch

Saturday, 6 December


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