With its network of over 1,200 eminent scientists and 35 years of experience in the global research community, TWAS is ideally positioned to provide insight, advice and support related to science policy for the developing world.
TWAS's core idea is that science and technology are essential for sustainable prosperity that brings broad benefits to a society. But science policy is critically important in shaping a nation's research & development investments, its approach to environment, health, education and research ethics, and its approach to international cooperation and science diplomacy. Decision-makers must have access to the right information, often summarized into a form for easier understanding. TWAS’s work in science policy bring some of these issues to the attention of policy-makers and to provide training for scientists and decision-makers in this inter-disciplinary field.
- Science Diplomacy. In collaboration with the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), TWAS is leading a programme that includes lectures, workshops and courses to build a bridge between the worlds of science and diplomacy.
- CATALYST. TWAS has been one of seven partners in the CATALYST Project, which collected and disseminated the best knowledge in the field of Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation
- Solar Radiation Management Governance Initiative. The Solar Radiation Management Governance Initiative (SRMGI) seeks to develop guidelines to ensure that geoengineering research is conducted in a transparent, responsible and environmentally sound manner.
- Global Research Council. The Global Research Council (GRC) is comprised of the heads of science and engineering funding agencies from around the world. The Council promotes best practices for high-quality collaboration among funding agencies worldwide.
- Science in Exile. In collaboration with the International Science Council (ISC) and the InterAcademy Partnership (IAP), under the umbrella of Science International, TWAS is leading the Science in Exile initiative: this aims to create a network of like-minded organizations that will work together to develop a global platform and roll out a coordinated advocacy campaign, in order to foster a cohesive response for the support and integration of refugee, displaced and at-risk scientists.