Collaborative projects

Initiatives bringing together top-level representatives of three international science organizations: the International Science Council (ISC,) the InterAcademy Partnership (IAP), and The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS).

Saja Al Zoubi

The ISC regularly works with partners the InterAcademy Partnership (IAP) and The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) on collaborative projects that represent the global scientific community in the international policy for science arena.


Refugee and displaced scientists

This ongoing initiative aims to increase international awareness of and attention to the issue of refugee and displaced scientists by establishing a global network of institutions to support them. It was launched in June 2020, and is being led by The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) in partnership with the ISC and IAP.

Find out more about the Refugee and displaced scientists project


Big Data/Open Data

The theme of the first collaborative initiative in this series was ‘Big Data/Open Data’. Through the initiative, an international, interdisciplinary team developed an accord on the values of open data in the emerging scientific culture of big data. The resulting accord – Open Data in a Big Data World – proposes an international framework of principles. It reflects our belief that in an era of big data research, open data is essential to allow rigorous independent testing and replication of findings, and to support the full participation of low- and middle-income countries in the global research enterprise.

Following the publication of the accord, the partner organizations – under the banner of ‘Science International’ – set out on a campaign seeking organizational endorsements for the principles set out in the accord “Open Data in a Big Data World”.


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Image by Nicole Leghissa: Saja Al Zoubi, a Syrian social scientist and former TWAS postdoctoral research fellow, left her home country in a time of war and conducted research in the refugee camps of Lebanon. She is featured in the 2017 TWAS documentary film, “Science in Exile”.

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