Science Academies cooperate to support fight against COVID-19

Several organisations for Academies of Sciences around the world have taken initiatives to support fight against the outbreak of the new coronavirus: for example IAP and ISC who organise academies around the world, and ALLEA and EASAC, whose members are academies in Europe.

IAP, InterAcademy Partnership, has released a communiqué with a call for global solidarity on COVID-19 pandemic. IAP, writes that the current global tragedy underscores the critical need for international collaboration across the scientific community and beyond, including open communication, shared resources and coordinated actions. IAP also recommends particular efforts to work with and support countries with weaker health frameworks and health care systems, perhaps especially in Africa and Southeast Asia. EASAC, European Academies Science Advisory Council, supports IAP´s call for global solidarity on the Covid-19 pandemic.

Read more on the website of the IAP

ISC, International Science Council, have invited their members to share regional, national and global initiatives on their COVID-19 Global Science Portal to accelerate the path to appropriate and effective action. The portal aims to share initiatives, best practise and general information among ISC members and with the policy-making community.

Read more on the website of the ISC

ALLEA writes that the organisation is adapting to the new circumstances and the first immediate step is sharing knowledge and promoting collaboration. Therefor they have prepared a webpage as a platform of key resources on COVID-19 from European and international institutions that may be useful for the research community and their Member Academies.

Read more on the website of ALLEA

Swedish Institute for Global Health Transformation, SIGHT, an institute under the auspice of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, has gathered content about the 2019 novel coronavirus disease with links for example to The Lancets new Coronavirus Resource Center.

Read more on the website of SIGHT

As the European Union is readying its plans for a green recovery after COVID19, the European Academies’ Science Advisory Council (EASAC) urge policymakers to recognise the critical role of science and to step up their efforts in three key areas: energy, ecosystem and health.

Read the commentary at the website of EASAC

Future Earth, a global network of scientists, researchers and innovators collaborating for a more sustainable planet has launched a Rapid Foresight Survey to spark critical reflection on the challenges and opportunities arising from the COVID-19 crisis that can help to accelerate the transition towards a more resilient, sustainable and equitable world. Researchers are encouraged to contribute by filling in the survey.

Read more on the website of Future Earth

International Human Rights Network of Academies and Scholarly Societies (IHRN) has issued a public statement on COVID-19 and human rights. The statement calls upon governments and others working to confront the pandemic to make human rights protection a central part of their efforts. IHRN is an alliance of more than 90 national academies that works to address global human rights concerns at the intersection of science, technology and medicine.

Read the statement from IHRN in full