The African Academy of Sciences (AAS) is an Africa-wide scientific organisation,with a view to honouring internationally renowned African scientists and also to encourage the development of the research and technology base throughout Africa.The membership has since then been extended to scientists from other continents.
The AAS was founded in 1985 in Trieste, Italy with 33 members as the founding fellows. The membership has over the years grown tremendeously and now stands at 233, covering 36 African countries and also includes 12 Associate Fellows
(NAIROBI, KENYA and SAN FRANCISCO, CA, USA- October 8, 2013). Today the African Academy of Sciences (AAS) and Solar Radiation Management Governance Initiative (SRMGI) released the first major report on African engagement on the controversial topic of solar geoengineering (also known as solar radiation management or SRM).
The African Academy of Sciences (AAS) and the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) are inviting expressions of interest from institutions and individuals interested in participating in a Fellowship and research capacity strengthening programme on climatic impacts.
The Department for International Development (DFID) has approved a 5-year climate impact research capacity building programme for sub-Saharan Africa called “Climate Impacts Research Capacity and Leadership Enhancement (CIRCLE)”. CIRCLE will cost £4.85 million and will strengthen institutional research in addition to providing 100 research fellowships from 2013 - 2018. The African Academy of Sciences (AAS) and the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) will be implementing this project.
The African Academy of Sciences is currently hosting a key meeting to discuss enabling science equipment policy in Africa. The meeting being held at the Academy's secretariat in Nairobi Kenya marks the beginning of a project AAS is carrying out jointly with the International Foundation for Science and sponsored by the MacArthur Foundation. The meeting ends tomorrow.
The one year project seeks contribute to galvanize efforts to influence scientific equipment policy, and to help to excite the political will to achieve this. The project will draw lessons from the IFS PRISM project in Nigeria and Madagascar, and with the Pan-African African Academy of Sciences aim to build a consortium for change beginning with a focus in three countries: Ethiopia, Ghana and Kenya, as well as to endeavour to stimulate Pan-African interest, including through the Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA).