The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) is a global science academy based in Trieste, Italy, working to advance science and engineering for sustainable prosperity in the developing world. TWAS was founded in 1983 by a distinguished group of scientists from the developing world, under the leadership of Abdus Salam, the Pakistani physicist and Nobel Prize winner.
TWAS works through research, education, policy and diplomacy. Today, TWAS has nearly 1 200 elected fellows from more than 90 countries; 16 of them are Nobel laureates.
Since 1983, TWAS has focused on supporting and promoting excellence in scientific research in the developing world and applying scientific and engineering research to address global challenges. TWAS receives core funding from the government of Italy.
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) administers TWAS funds and personnel. (www.twas.org)