International Conference on Organic Process Research & Development

15th International Conference on Organic Process Research & Development

Topic: Organic Chemistry, Industrial Chemistry,

Date: 08-10 January 2007, San Diego, USA, North America

Web Site:

This 3 day conference brings together chemists and engineers from all parts of the world to discuss issues related to synthetic route design, development and optimisation and the scale-up of these processes. The invited speakers have been selected to emphasise their company's approach to these issues with detailed case studies.

Semaine des Maths à l'École Alsacienne

Bonjour tout le monde

Il y aura du 20 au 24 novembre une semaine des Mathématiques à l'École Alsacienne (coordonnées en PS). Chaque soir, des conférences sont organisées, autour des mathématiques et de leurs applications, et données par un spécialiste du domaine. L'ensemble s'adresse aux lycéens.

Je participerai moi-même vendredi 24.
Et ce même jour, la semaine se terminera sur l'intervention d'un de mes professeurs, très gentil et ouvert.
Il s'appelle Wendelin Werner. Médaille Fields 2006.

À bientôt

PS: Vous trouverez tout le programme, ainsi d'ailleurs que des énigmes assez amusantes et quelques éléments d'histoire des mathématiques, à l'adresse suivante:

L'École Alsacienne elle-même se trouve dans le sixième arrondissement:
109 rue Notre-Dame des Champs
75006 Paris

Wikinomics : How Mass Collaboration Changes Everything

Wikinomics is the title of a book by Don Tapscott coming next month.
Eventhough it seems to be mainly business oriented, the book may have several interesting angles for WAYS organisation.

sortie observatoire

Bonjour à tous,
concernant la sortie de samedi un des élèves de mon lycée participant au club astro aurait beaucoup aimé visiter l'observatoire, est-il possible qu'il vienne se joindre à nous l'après-midi?


Fight Global Warming

Environmental Defense, a leading national nonprofit organization, represents more than 500,000 members. Since 1967, Environmental Defense has linked science, economics, law and innovative private-sector partnerships to create breakthrough solutions to the most serious environmental problems. It has a strong history of finding solutions, from pioneering efforts to eradicate DDT to cutting-edge hybrid truck work with FedEx.

It has launched the campaign as a wake-up call. Global warming is the most serious environmental challenge of our time. It is more urgent and its dangers are more fundamental. The campaign seeks to educate people about how quickly they must act, and give concrete steps that anyone can incorporate into their lives to fight global warming.

Participate in the campaign to reduce the Global warming, for more detail please visit the website:

Developing World Gaining Access to Environmental Research

To help reduce great disparities in scientific resources between developed and developing nations, Yale University, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and leading science and technology publishers have launched a new collaborative initiative to make global scientific research in the environmental sciences available online to environmental scientists, researchers and policymakers in the developing world for free or at nominal cost.

Through Online Access to Research in the Environment (OARE), more than 200 prestigious publishers, societies and associations will offer one of the worldÂ’s largest collections of scholarly, peer-reviewed environmental science journals to over 1,200 public and nonprofit environmental institutions in 106 developing nations in Africa, Asia and the Pacific, Latin America and the Caribbean and Eastern Europe. Every institution enrolled in OARE will receive resources with an annual retail subscription valued in the hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Institutions eligible to enroll in OARE include universities and colleges, research institutes, ministries of the environment and other government agencies, libraries and national nongovernmental organizations. Access for institutions in the 70 poorest countries will be free. Access for institutions in 38 lower-middle-income countries will be for a nominal charge; monies raised will be reinvested to support continued training and outreach activities in eligible countries.

“OARE is a new and inspiring example of international cooperation that can contribute to the reduction of the North-South scientific gap and digital divide, which are at the top of the United Nations agenda and the U.N. Millennium Development Goals,” said Achim Steiner, undersecretary general of the United Nations and executive director of UNEP.

“Thanks to advances in information and communication technologies and the great generosity of many leading scientific publishers and foundations, we have an unprecedented opportunity to provide environmental institutions in developing countries with intellectual resources that we in the developed world so often take for granted,” said Gus Speth, dean of the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies.

Over 1,000 scholarly scientific and technical journal titles in such fields as biotechnology, botany, climate change, ecology, energy, environmental chemistry, environmental economics, environmental engineering and planning, environmental law and policy, environmental toxicology and pollution, geography, geology, hydrology, meteorology, oceanography, urban planning and zoology will be provided through a portal presented in English, Spanish and French. OARE will also provide important Abstract and Index Research Databases, which are intellectual tools the scientific and professional community use to search for information within thousands of scholarly publications.

OARE aims to contribute to the development of expert professional and academic communities and an informed public, encourage scientific creativity and productivity and facilitate the development of progressive science-based national policies. It will also help enable countries to build their own higher education programs in the environmental sciences, educate their own leaders, conduct their own research, publish their own scientific findings and disseminate information to policymakers and the public.

“Scientific publishers welcome this opportunity to provide access to the latest published research in environmental and related sciences to researchers and other professionals in developing countries,” said Michael Mabe, CEO of the International Association of Scientific, Technical and Medical Publishers (STM). “We expect that, in turn, higher-quality research will emerge from those countries, to the benefit of all of us.”

“The Hewlett Foundation is committed to providing high-quality educational materials to students and scholars in the developing world. We are pleased to join with Yale, UNEP and the many participating publishers, societies and associations to make scientific resources available in developing countries, where the need is so great,” said Paul Brest, president of the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.

Organizations providing scientific content through OARE include leading scientific publishers (e.g. Annual Reviews, Blackwell, Cambridge, Elsevier, John Wiley, Nature Publishing Group, Springer, Taylor & Francis, Oxford and many others) and more than 200 scientific societies and associations (e.g. Académie des Sciences de France, American Association for the Advancement of Science, National Academy of Sciences, Nordic Society OIKOS, Oceanographic Society of Japan, Real Sociedad Espaniola de Qimica, Royal Geographical Society, Royal Meteorological Society of Great Britain, Societa Botanica Italiana, Zoological Society of London, etc.). A complete listing of collaborating institutions is available at

OARE will be coordinated by UNEP and Yale University in association with STM and 30 leading science and technology publishing houses. Support is provided by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. OARE will be managed in close cooperation with the Health Internetwork Access to Research Initiative, launched by the World Health Organization in 2001 to provide research to the medical community in developing nations, and Access to Global Online Research in Agriculture, launched by the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization and Cornell University in 2003 to provide research to the agricultural community.

For more information about OARE, visit

Advance Training Course on "Advanced tools for sustainable Water resources management and environmental protection"

The Arab Regional Unit is organizing an Advance Training Course on:
"Advanced tools for sustainable Water resources management and environmental protection" in Egypt.

There will be some grants to support young researchers who are working in the water and environment from the Arab World. If you are interested, please send a brief one page CV to:

A new science for web use and collective intelligence

Recently, two intiatives have been launched to study the "emergent patterns in the Web at a macroscopic scale" :

The Web Science Research Initiative (WSRI)and the Center for Collective Intelligence (CCI).

Both centers aim to help structuring a field still poorly covered by science. These highly interdisciplinary programs may well deliver findings of tremendous interest for WAYS organization and future.

Web Science Research Initiative

"WSRI is a joint endeavour between the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) at MIT and the School of Electronics and Computer Science (ECS) at the University of Southampton. The goal of WSRI is to facilitate and produce the fundamental scientific advances necessary to inform the future design and use of the World Wide Web."
WSRI plans to address questions such as:
-how do we access information and assess its reliability?
-By what means may we assure its use complies with social and legal rules?
-How will we preserve the Web over time?

Web Science:

Center for Collective Intelligence

"New communication technologies—especially the Internet—now allow huge numbers of people all over the planet to work together in new ways. The recent successes of systems like Google and Wikipedia suggest that the time is now ripe for many more such systems, and the goal of the MIT Center for Collective Intelligence is to understand how to take advantage of these possibilities."

Basic research question is: How can people and computers be connected so that—collectively—they act more intelligently than any individuals, groups, or computers have ever done before?

First Regional meeting of World Academy of Young Scientists, Arab Regional Unit, ARU

Arab Regional Unit Report

The first Arab WAYS meeting was held on 28th November 2005 at Bibliotheca Alexandrina – Egypt. The WAYS 1st Arab Regional Meeting was financially supported by the Bibliotheca Alexandrina and a Grant for Scientific Meeting held in developing countries from the academy of sciences for the developing countries TWAS, Trieste, Italy.

Based on the formulation of WAYS, its recommendation of having regional units of WAYS around the world and the recommendations of the first WAYS meeting held in Marrakech in December 2004, Dr. Alaa El-Sadek President of the Arab World Academy of Young Scientists kicked off this meeting in order to establish the Arab Unit that will contribute to capacity building of young Arab researchers in a gender sensitized environment. This ARU is the first established regional unit for the WAYS.

After the conclusion of the participants presentations, the participants came up with several project proposals. The participants were divided into primary working groups according to their project(s) of interest, working under the regional coordinator’s supervision.


• The Arab WAYS regional office will be located at the Bibliotheca Alexandrina in Alexandria, Egypt.
• The launch of the Arab WAYS regional office activities as from November the 29th, 2005.
• The Executive Officers of Arab WAYS are as follows:

Arab WAYS President: Dr. Alaa El-Sadek
Arab WAYS Regional Coordinator: Dr. Hani Sewilam
Arab WAYS Secretary General: Ms.Nermeen Youssef
Bibliotheca Alexandrina Representatives: Ms. Amani Massoud and Ms. Omneya Darwish.


• Implementing the “3-D Brain-Gain” program (Back-Home, Bridge and Networking). Dissemination of the program through Arab media to attract local organizations to support the implementation process.
• Preparing and submitting the proposals for the decided seven project ideas.
• Arab WAYS should be participating in the events of establishing the new regional units as a key player. The main objectives should be disseminating the experience of establishing Arab WAYS and advertising the regional activities.
• Arab WAYS should organize an international conference to present the scientific work and current projects/projects idea of Arab WAYS. Candidates from potential funding agencies should be invited as keynotes speakers. The didactic objectives of presentations should be highlighting the essential needs for fund.
• Participating in forthcoming TWAS events (e.g. arrange to have sessions in the upcoming TWAS conferences).
• Proposing and signing MOU with potential organizations and strenghthening the links with those organizations.

UN Chief Says Youth Key to Poverty Fight

UN Chief Says Youth Key to Poverty Fight
Thalif Deen
UNITED NATIONS - With less than two months before he steps down as secretary-general after a long 10-year tenure, Kofi Annan is disappointed that the international community is lagging behind in its much-touted MDGs, including a 50 percent reduction in extreme poverty and hunger by 2015.
read more at:

Demande d'information pour le sortie a Meudon

Salut tous le monde!

jespere que vous tous allez bien ?!!

Bien, je m'adresse principalement aux encadrants de la Science Ac' pour savoir comment va se dérouler la sortie à Meudon ce samedi? surtout au niveau du transport (je doute qu'il y est un métro car c'est bien dans le Sud de Paris,non ?) et savoir ou et a quelle heure on se rejoint (en bref toute les infos pratiques, lol)

Voila voila merci d'avance, vivement Samedi (en plus Y a pas cour =D )



Hiring of Foreign Faculty Members in Pakistan with comprehensive package

Higher Education Commission (HEC) of Pakistan has developed a number of faculty hiring programs focused to hire qualified foreign faculty members in the public sector institutions of higher education and also to produce fine engineers and scientists across a broad range of disciplines by only hiring experienced pedagogues where ever available, specially expatriates.

The faculty programs are divided into two parts, the hiring of foreign experts and researchers from abroad and local retired eminent faculty members. The foreign experts, who will bring tremendous wealth of knowledge and research experience, will be expected to impart modern and progressive outlook academic standards to be emulated by their local colleagues. The Program will generate linkages between local and foreign institutions, encouraging long-term sustainable scientific collaborations. Foreign faculty members will be expected to supervise world class graduate level research and deliver cutting edge graduate level courses in their academic disciplines.

Further detail is available at


What would be required to assist in organizing the WAYS-AFRU launch. I submitted an article for the newsletter and I need some form of authorization to help find sponsors in Nigeria. Who will attend to my clamour? hjroman?????
Lets do it!


TWAS Fellowships in Pakistan

TWAS (the Academy of Sciences for the Developing World, Italy) has recently signed new collaboration fellowship agreements with two institutions in Pakistan.

These new programmes will offer over 30 new fellowships to meritorious scientists from the developing world and are due to start in 2007.

The institutions in Pakistan are

• The International Centre for Chemical Sciences (ICCS), Karachi, Pakistan will offer postgraduate and postdoctoral fellowships in the fields of Organic Chemistry, Biochemistry, Biotechnology, Molecular Medicine, Pharmacology and Physical Sciences which will be tenable at the H.E.J. Research Institute of Chemistry and the Dr. Panjwani Center for Molecular Medicine & Drug Research.

Further detail can be obtained from the website of

• The National Centre of Excellence in Molecular Biology (CEMB), Lahore, Pakistan will also offer both postgraduate and postdoctoral fellowships in molecular biology and molecular genetics tenable at their centre and laboratories.

Further detail can be obtained from the website of

The Mother-Child Network is looking for Champions!

The Mother-Child Health International Research Network, a nascent partner and affiliate of WAYS, is actively looking for young scientists working or studying in a field relevant to Mother-Child health research - be it nutritional, perinatal or other - to act as volunteer "Champions" for the network, create content such as blog entries, and recruit other members.

Once we have selected an adequate amount of Champions from different geographic areas, we will constitute an international committee from the positive responders with the eventual plan to organize an actual face-to-face meeting at a later date. In addition to the meetings, we can offer the oppurtunity to be a full member of an international network with some very interesting links all over the globe.

In return, applicants are expected to post at least one blog entry or event per week which relates to their research, work, or ethics in Mother-Child Health, in addition to commenting on each other's posts and recruiting collegues to register on the network.

The preferred methods to apply for the position are to register an account on the Mother-Child network and then either leave a comment on this post with your username, or to contact me through my profile page on the Mother-Child site.

An alternate, less desirable method is to email me directly.

More details are available here.