Peter McGrath

Coordinator of the InterAcademy Partnership, Trieste (Italy)

Course: Communication 2015


Dr. Peter McGrath obtained his BSc (honours) in Agricultural Zoology from the University of Glasgow, UK, and followed this with a PhD from the University of Leeds, UK, in 1989. His 10-year research career focused on the insect transmission of plant viruses and included postdoctoral positions at the Scottish Crop Research Institute (now the James Hutton Institute), Dundee, UK, as well as Purdue University and the University of Arizona in the USA. Returning to the UK in 1997, he established his own business as a freelance journalist focusing on agricultural, environmental and scientific issues. The experience he gained in communicating scientific issues to non-specialist audiences made him an ideal fit for his first position at TWAS – as writer/editor in the Public Information Office. During this time he worked on the TWAS Newsletter, TWAS Annual Report, and edited seven volumes of the TWAS-UNDP case study series ‘Sharing Innovative Experiences’. From 2006, Peter began overseeing the implementation of TWAS’s core programmes, including South-South fellowships and other exchange schemes, research grants and various prizes, as well as the activities of the Organization for Women in Science for the Developing World (OWSD). In 2011, he was also appointed Coordinator of the TWAS Science Policy/Science Diplomacy programme. In November 2013 he took over as Coordinator of IAP – the global network of science academies, and the InterAcademy Medical Panel and has since overseen their integration under a new umbrella, the InterAcademy Partnership (expected to be formalized in March 2016). He also retains his position as Coordinator of the TWAS Science Policy/Science Diplomacy programme.