TWAS president launches celebrations for the Academy’s 40th Anniversary

15 June 2023

TWAS President Professor Quarraisha Abdool Karim marked the Academy’s 40th anniversary with discussion on public health issues such as HIV, tuberculosis, and COIVD-19 during her visit to Trieste.

Abdool Karim met with TWAS secretariat staff as well as the Academy’s sister organizations, InterAcademy Partnership and the Organization for Women in Science in the Developing World, and its host institution, the Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics.

The visit culminated in the TWAS 40th Anniversary Launch event at the Savoia Excelsior Palace Hotel in Trieste, and a public lecture from Abdool Karim on public health, academic excellence, and Africa’s past and future.  Abdool Karim is a 2015 TWAS Fellow, and the winner of the Academy’s prestigious TWAS-Lenovo Science Award in 2014. She is currently serving her first of four years as the president of TWAS. Abdool Karim is the first woman to serve in the role of TWAS President and leads a 16-member council comprised of eight men and eight women. Source:

Photo: A full room for the public lecture by TWAS President_photo G OrtolaniTWAS