…in New Delhi in 1993, at the first-ever meeting of the presidents of the world’s science academies, it became strikingly obvious to me that the entire world badly needs much more of the creativity, rationality, openness, and tolerance that are inherent to science – what India’s first Prime Minister, Jawaharlal Nehru had so aptly termed a “scientific temper.”
From Dr. Alberts’ Cell article An Addiction to Education at All Levels
The InterAcademy Panel and InterAcademy Council
Launched in 1993, the InterAcademy Panel (IAP) is a global network of the world’s science academies, with the primary goal of helping member academies work together to advise citizens and public officials on the scientific aspects of critical global issues. The InterAcademy Council (IAC) was established by the IAP as an organization governed by the presidents of 15 national academies of sciences to provide scientific advice to the world. From the IAC inception in 2000 until 2009, Dr. Alberts served as IAC co-chair, initially along with the then-President of the Indian National Academy of Science, Goverdhan Metta, and later with the then-President of the Chinese National Academy of Science, Yongxiang Lu. The first InterAcademy Council report was entitled Inventing a Better Future, and it focussed on providing advice for building scientific capacity in every nation no matter how poor.