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.The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) announced the election of one Academia Sinica Academician among its 2021 list of 58 new members in Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Academician Pui-Yan Kwok, Director of the Institute of Biomedical Science, Academia Sinica, is elected as TWAS fellow in Medical and Health Sciences incl. Neurosciences.




TWAS Taiwan Chapter

The Academy of Sciences for the Developing World, TWAS is an autonomous international organization, founded in 1983 in Trieste, Italy, by a distinguished group of scientists from the South under the leadership of the late Nobel laureate Abdus Salam of Pakistan. It was officially launched by the secretary-general of the United Nations in 1985. TWAS represents the best of science in developing countries. Its main mission is to promote scientific excellence and capacity in the South for science-based sustainable development. In 2004, the TWAS Academicians in Taiwan established the “Taiwan Chapter” titled as「The Academy of Sciences for the Developing World: Taiwan Chapter」, and the abbreviation is TWAS-TAIWAN suggested by TWAS. TWAS changed its name to 「The World Academy of Sciences for the Advancement of Science in Developing Countries, TWAS」in 2012. The primary missions of TWAS are:
- Enhance the advocacy for TWAS and the promotion on the function of TWAS to national scientists, authority and media;
- Encourage and nominate the national outstanding scientists to participate the competition of the TWAS Academicians and various prizes;
- Coordinate TWAS- Taiwan with other regional offices;
- Establish the platform for the communication and interactivity between TWAS-Taiwan and national scientific institutes.

Dr. James C. Liao, the President of Academia Sinica is the Chairman of TWAS Taiwan and Department of International Affairs (DIA) led by Dr.Tzu-Ching Meng at AS is the Secretariat of TWAS Taiwan. Based on the missions of TWAS-Taiwan, we actively participate in various activities of TWAS and currently process the cooperation scheme with TWAS, such as the membership and prizes nominations, organizing the delegations to participate in annual TWAS general meetings, and other related events. All the effort is to enhance the development and progress of science in Taiwan; to gather the distinguished scientific fellows at home and abroad in various fields of academy and science; to contribute to the international community of scientific activity and leap forward in scientific research.。