The InterAcademy Partnership (IAP) was formally launched in South Africa in March 2016, bringing together three established networks of academies of science, medicine and engineering, namely IAP, the global network of science academies, the InterAcademy Medical Panel (IAMP) and the InterAcademy Council (IAC).
Under the new InterAcademy Partnership, more than 130 member academies from regional networks in Africa, the Americas, the Asia/Pacific region and Europe (i.e. NASAC, IANAS, AASSA and EASAC) work together to support the special role of science and its efforts to seek solutions to address the world’s most challenging problems. In particular, IAP harnesses the expertise of the world’s scientific, medical and engineering leaders to advance sound policies, improve public health, promote excellence in science education, and achieve other critical development goals.
The three pillars of the InterAcademy Partnership include IAP for Science, IAP for Health and IAP for Research. The secretariat of IAP for Science and IAP for Health is hosted by The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) at its headquarters in Trieste, Italy, while the secretariat of IAP for Research is hosted by the US National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine (NASEM) in Washington DC.