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The Association of Academies and Societies of Sciences in Asia (AASSA) was launched in January 1, 2012 with 34 member Academies and Societies of science from 30 Countries. With IAP's strong support for the merger, AASA and FASAS had been discussing a merger into a single Asian science organization since late 2008. After discussions over the last couple of years, and most recently at the meetings of AASA and FASAS held in Nepal in November 2011, members of both AASA and FASAS have unanimously and wholeheartedly endorsed the merger.

Through the merger, AASSA is expected to increase the visibility for science and increase efficiency, particularly in relation to resources (human and financial) with reduced overlap of activities and meetings, and provide a better platform for fundraising and interaction with other science organizations.

The inaugural general assembly of AASSA took place in Sri Lanka in October 2012. A new constitution for AASSA was formally sanctioned and election of new officers also took place.

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AASA AASA

  • October 1, 1998

    Prof. Mu Shik Jhon and Prof. Nikolai Dobretsov agreed on the need to form an association for the scientific academies in Asian and Oceanian countries.

  • April 8, 1999

    1st preparatory meeting for establishing AASA, Seoul, Korea

  • September 7~9, 1999

    2nd preparatory meeting for establishing AASA, Irkutsk, Russia

  • September 22, 2000

    Inauguration Ceremony and the 1st General Assembly, Seoul, Korea.
    Prof. Mu Shik Jhon was elected as the first President. Symposium on 'Science Policy in Asia'

  • May 17~18, 2001

    Board Meeting, Almaty, Kazakhstan

  • August 23, 2001

    2nd General Assembly, Novosibirsk, Russia
    Symposium on 'Transfer and Adaptation of Advanced Technologies in Asia'

  • May 7, 2002

    Board Meeting, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
    Symposium on 'Rational Use of Asian Natural Resources'

  • October 16, 2002

    3rd General Assembly, Jerusalem, Israel
    Prof. Nikolai Dobretsov was elected as the second President. Symposium on 'The Impact of Biotechnological Advances in Asia'

  • June 22, 2003

    Board Meeting, Almaty, Kazakhstan

  • September 25, 2003

    4th General Assembly, Tehran, I.R. Iran
    Symposium on 'Food Resources and Security'

  • June 9, 2004

    Board Meeting, Antalya, Turkey
    Symposium on 'Scientific Approach to Cultural Heritage for Economic Development'

  • September 27, 2004

    5th General Assembly, Dalian, P.R. China
    Prof. Ruth Arnon was elected as the third President. Symposium on 'Utilization of Renewable Energy'

  • October 11~12, 2005

    6th General Assembly, Seoul, Korea
    Symposium on 'Science and Technology of Water'

  • November 21~23, 2006

    7th General Assembly, Hanoi, Vietnam
    Prof. Jinghai Li was elected as the fourth President.

  • August 25~27, 2007

    Board Meeting, Irkutsk, Russia
    Symposium on 'Environmental and Climatic Changes and Biodiversity in East Eurasia and Adjacent Areas'

  • November 28~29, 2007

    1st AASA-FASAS International Conference on 'Science Education in the Asia-Pacific,' Bangkok, Thailand

  • October 15~16, 2008

    8th General Assembly, Ankara, Turkey
    Prof. Jinghai Li was re-elected as the fifth President.
    2nd AASA-FASAS International Conference on 'Science Education in Asia and Pacific,' Ankara, Turkey
    MOU between AASA and FASAS is signed.

  • October 8~12, 2009

    Board Meeting, Dhaka, Bangladesh
    3rd AASA-FASAS International workshop on 'Science Education,' Dhaka, Bangladesh

  • October 18~22, 2010

    9th General General Assembly, Seoul, Korea
    Prof. Won-hoon Park was elected as the sixth President. 10th Anniversary Symposium on 'One Green Asia' 4th AASA-FASAS Joint International Conference on 'Science Education for one Green Asia,' Seoul, Korea
    MOU between AASA and Caribbean Scientific Community (CCC) is signed.

  • May 17, 2011

    IAP accepted AASA as its sole affiliated network representing Asia.

fasas FASAS

  • January 16, 1984

    FASAS was founded at New Delhi. The Secretariat of FASAS is supported by the Indian National Science Academy till 1999.

  • January 2000

    Secretariat moved to Malaysia hosted by the Malaysian Academy of Sciences.

  • 2002

    Council Meeting, Malaysia

  • October 2003

    Council Meeting, Beijing, China
    Dr. Omar Abdul Rahman was elected as the President for the years 2003-05
    TWAS and TWNSO General Conferences

  • June 2004

    Council Meeting, Malaysia
    IAP - International Conference on 'Science and Mathematics Education'

  • 2005

    Council Meeting, Australia

  • 2006

    Council Meeting, Singapore
    Prof. Omar Abdul Rahman was re-elected as the President, for the period 2007-09. Science Education Colloquium Workshop on the 'Role of Science Academies in Science Promotion and Science Education Perspectives from Asia'

  • November 28~29, 2007

    1st AASA-FASAS International Conference on 'Science Education in the Asia-Pacific,' Bangkok, Thailand

  • October 15~16, 2008

    2nd AASA-FASAS International Conference on 'Science Education in Asia and Pacific,' Ankara, Turkey. MOU between AASA and FASAS is signed.

  • October 8~12, 2009

    3rd AASA-FASAS International workshop on 'Science Education,' Dhaka, Bangladesh

  • 2010

    Prof. Kurt Lambeck, President of the Australian Academy of Sciences took over the Presidentship of the FASAS

  • October 18~22, 2010

    Council Meeting, Seoul, Korea
    4th AASA-FASAS Joint International Conference on 'Science Education for one Green Asia'

  • November 3, 2011

    AASA Board Meeting, Kathmandu, Nepal
    FASAS Council Meeting
    Joint Meeting of FASAS and AASA
    General agreement to the Combined organization of FASAS and AASA in the name of
    Association of Academies and Societies of Sciences in Asia (AASSA)
    Prof. Lambeck and Dr. Won-hoon Park were requested to Co-chair the transition committee to
    finalise the new constitution of the Combined organization.

AASSA

  • January 1, 2012

    The Association of Academies and Societies of Sciences in Asia (AASSA) was launched with 34
    member Academies and Societies of science from 30 Countries.

  • October 16 ~ 19, 2012

    Inaugural General Assembly of the AASSA, Colombo, Sri Lanka
    Dr. Won-hoon Park was elected President of the AASSA
    The Korean Academy of Science & Technology will host the Secretariat of AASSA.

  • October 22 ~ 24, 2013

    Executive Board Meeting, Manila, Philippines
    AASSA International Symposium on 'Emerging Technologies for a Greener Earth'

  • October 14 ~ 17, 2014

    2nd General Assembly, New Delhi, India
    KAST-ASM-INSA-IAP International Symposium on 'SHER Communication in Asia with a Special Focus on Science Festivals'
    South Asian Science Academies' Seminar on 'Achieving Sustainable Agriculture through a Biotechnological Revolution'
    Prof. Krishan Lal was elected as the second President.

  • October 20 ~ 23, 2016

    The 3rd General Assembly, Ankara, Turkey
    AASSA International Symposium on "Refugees and Migrants: A Global Problem or an Asset"
    Prof. Yoo Hang Kim was elected as the third President.

AASSA, The Association of Academies and Societies of Sciences in Asia
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