TWAS Plus - Vol. 4 - No. 2 - March 2018
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TOP STORY  As with all countries, the Arab countries face a range of challenges, many linked to science. But are they ready to address the challenges? What should they do to achieve a greater impact? For the new issue of the TWAS Newsletter, we interviewed three important leaders: TWAS Fellow Adnan Shihab-Eldin, director general of the Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences; Rafia Ghubash, president of the Arab Network for Women, Science and Technology, hosted by the Bibliotheca Alexandrina in Egypt; and Mostafa el Feki, director of the Bibliotheca, which also hosts the TWAS Arab Regional Office. More
EDITORIAL

Through a new generation of science leaders, Arab countries are sending signals of hope for science and peace, says former TWAS Executive Director Mohamed Hassan.

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OPPORTUNITIES

Prizes from TWAS will celebrate the outstanding achievements of scientists from developing countries. Various deadlines start 15 March.

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NEWS

"Science in Exile", a new TWAS film, depicts the struggle – and the skills – of scientists from Syria, Yemen and Iraq who fled their homes to escape local wars.

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OPPORTUNITIES

Postdocs from sub-Saharan Africa can work with German scientists through the TWAS-DFG Cooperation Visit Programme.
Deadline: 31 March.

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NEWS

Medical physics is a field with great potential for science diplomacy, says TWAS Fellow Mustapha Benmouna of Algeria.

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OWSD

OWSD and the Elsevier Foundation honoured five women scientists from developing countries for their accomplishments in the physical sciences.

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NEWS

Through research and education, TWAS and other institutions in Trieste have boosted development in Africa, says a report to the Italian government.

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OPPORTUNITIES

TWAS research grants are available now for young scientists and research units from S&T-lagging countries. Deadline: 11 May.

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IAP

Genome-editing techniques have implications that span health and agriculture. They promise great societal value but pose ethical dilemmas, says IAP.

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OPPORTUNITIES

Scientists, policymakers, diplomats and others are encouraged to apply for the next AAAS/TWAS Science Diplomacy workshop. Deadline: 9 April.

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NEWS

With the election of 55 new Fellows – including 16 women – TWAS now has more than 1,200 members. They are among the world's elite scientists.

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NEWS

TWAS Young Affiliate Hudaa Neetoo from Mauritius is using predictive microbiology to implement strong practices in food security.

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"Whenever you encourage scientific research in the other countries, it will help to have an impact on poverty. Poverty is like a time-bomb everywhere. And reducing poverty will defuse terrorism." 
- Mostafa el Feki, director of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Egypt

                        
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