Realising that the IAS Secretariat in Amman cannot be involved in more than a limited number of S&T activities every year, the IAS often calls upon the services of IAS Fellows to represent the Academy at meetings in and beyond the OIC region. IAS Fellows from Iran, Turkey, Pakistan and Malaysia have often represented the IAS at such meetings. The IAS has long envisaged a mechanism whereby local chapters (centres) of the IAS would be established to assist the IAS Secretariat in undertaking S&T activities. In this, the IAS relies on the voluntary efforts of its Fellows in a number of countries.
The IAS had requested the Pakistan Academy of Sciences to allocate an office within its premises to be designated as the IAS Islamabad Office, a request that was approved by the PAS in 2002. Since, the office has become the focal point for the IAS in Islamabad.
Prof. Ali A. Moosavi-Movahedi, Iran, has been designated as IAS Focal Point (Anchor) in Iran.