The Council's long-term goal is to foster research and collaboration across continents to benefit both rich and poor nations. In 2012, almost 50 research council leaders – including TWAS fellows Thirumalachari Ramasami of the Indian Department of Science and Technology and Glaucius Oliva of the Brazilian research council – endorsed a high-level statement of principles and initiated by the Council. Jörg Schneider, head of a major TWAS partner, the Division of International Affairs of the German Research Foundation, also endorsed the statement.
The statement of principles provides a framework for greater cooperation between researchers of different nations, and for communicating international standards for science funding agencies. It also provides a forum for regular meetings of GRC leaders, who can explore mechanisms to support international science and the global research community.
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The 3rd GRC annual meeting will be held in Beijing, China, from 26 to 28 May 2014. It will be hosted by the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) and the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC), and co-hosted by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC). Among the topics under discussion will again be open access to scientific publications and research integrity, as well as the career prospects of young scientists. TWAS's executive director, Romain Murenzi, continues to serve of the GRC Governing Board.
At the 2nd GRC annual meeting, which took place in Berlin, 27-29 May 2013, two documents – developed following a series of regional workshops and review by an International Steering Committee – were endorsed: Statement of Principles for Research Integrity and Action Plan on Open Access to Publications.
Research council leaders to meet in Berlin 22 May 2013. Open access publications and research integrity will top the agenda when the Global Research Council holds its second summit meeting starting Monday in Berlin.
Global Research Council launched 15 May 2012. The US National Science Foundation, with the strong support of President Obama’s Office of Science, Technology and Policy and the US State Department, is organizing the inaugural meeting of the Global Research Council.