2019 IAP Conference Science and the Sustainable Development Goals: The role of academies


The conference explored how science is required to underpin and advance progress towards achieving the 17 goals of the UN 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda, and in particular, what role academies and – and should – play towards achieving these goals.

Participants included distinguished scholars, presidents and leadership of national academies of science, medicine, engineering, as well as experts and health advisors from both industrialized and low and middle income countries (LMIC).


Hyun J. Park
Professor, Dept. of Biotechnology School of Life Sciences & Biotechnology, Korea University

Dr. Hyun Jin Park

Biosciences Programme Director, European Academies Science Advisory Council (EASAC)

Robin Fears

Peter McGrath
Coordinator, IAP Science & IAP Health

Peter McGrath

Tolu Oni
Public Health Physician Scientist and urban epidemiologist, and Clinical Senior Research fellow University of Cambridge MRC Epidemiology Unit’s Global Public Health Research programme

Tolu Oni

Katinka Weinberger
Chief of the Environment and Development, Policy Section, UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP)

Katinka Weinberger

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President, European Academies Science Advisory Council (EASAC)

Thierry Courvoisier

Human Genomic Diversity and Disease Research Laboratory, Division of Human Genetics, National Health Laboratory Service and the University of Witwatersra

Himla Soodyall

Jacqueline McGlade
University College London and Sekenani Space and Resilience Research Centre, Maasai Mara University, Kenya

Jacqueline McGlade

Vasee Moorthy
Coordinator, Research, Ethics, Knowledge Uptake World Health Organization (WHO)

Vasee Moorthy