The list of winners of the Academy of Sciences of the Developing Countries (also known as The Third World Academy of Sciences, TWAS) in 2018 was announced in Trieste, Italy. Twelve scholars from Argentina, Brazil, China, India, Kenya, Mexico, South Africa, and Turkey shared nine scientific fields (agricultural science, biology, chemistry, earth sciences, engineering, mathematics, medicine, physics, society Awards, including 3 Chinese scholars.
Professor Zhang Dabing, School of Life Science and Technology, Shanghai Jiaotong University, was awarded the TWAS Prize in Social Sciences for his important contributions in the field of molecular mechanisms of higher plants, especially rice inflorescence, flower organs and stamen morphogenesis. The other two winners are Liu Yansui, a researcher at the Institute of Geographical Sciences and Resources of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, and Zhao Guochun, a professor at the University of Hong Kong.
Zhang Dabing, Chair Professor of Shanghai Jiaotong University, Distinguished Professor of the Yangtze River Scholars Award Program of the Ministry of Education, and winner of the National Multi-Million Talent Project and National Outstanding Youth Fund. The excavation and utilization of key gene resources for rice fertility regulation have made outstanding achievements and important contributions. Has been selected by the American Society of Plant Biologists in the 2009-2013 list of highly cited scientists, Thomson Reuters (Thomson Reuters) published in the field of botany and zoology in 2016, 2017 highly cited scientists "Highly Cited Researchers "list, 2016 Mostly cited Chinese researchers published by Elsevier.
The Academy of Sciences in Developing Countries was initiated by Pakistani physicist and Nobel Laureate Abdus Salam. A group of top scientists from developing countries was established in 1983. TWAS is committed to supporting developing countries in carrying out scientific research activities, promoting exchanges and cooperation between scientific researchers and research institutions in developing countries; encouraging research on problems in the third world; and promoting the development of basic and applied sciences in the third world. The current Dean is Academician Bai Chunli, President of the Chinese Academy of Sciences.