Ismail Serageldin joined Professor Jacob Palis of Brazil on the podium of the
inter-academy meeting in Mexico City today. The two, co-chairs of the International
Panel On Capacity Building In Science And Technology (S&T) presented their
panel’s final report to the assembled heads and representatives of academies
from around the world. The report, entitled “Inventing A Better Future”
can be found on the website of the inter-academy council
The report has many recommendations, clustered in five broad areas: Policy,
human resources, institutions, the public/private interface, and financing mechanisms.
The report is the result of a two-year effort and was subjected to one of the
most rigorous systematic reviews ever: 27 peer reviewers and the whole process
refereed by two monitors who upon their satisfaction sent the report to the
two co-chairs of the Inter-academy Council who in turn put it on the agenda
of the Mexico city meeting.