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The African Academy of Sciences (AAS)   
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 currently stands at 233, covering 36 African countries and also includes 8 Foreign Fellows from Denmark, India, USA and Italy.



The Vision of AAS is to be the engine for driving scientific and technological development in Africa.



The AAS mission is to serve, first, as an honorific society with the primary function of honouring African science and technology achievers and, second, as a development oriented mobilizer of the entire African science and technology community with the fundamental role of facilitating the development of scientific and technological capacity for science-led development in Africa, promoting excellence and relevance in doing so.



The main objectives of the Academy, as stated in its constitution, are to:-

  • Promote and foster the growth of the scientific community in Africa by recognizing, supporting and enhancing excellence in the scientific research undertaken by African scientists; 
  • Stimulate and nurture the spirit of scientific discovery and technological innovation in Africa in order to promote socioeconomic development through research and development; 
  • Promote collaboration among African scientists and between them and the world scientific community in order to facilitate regional integration and to serve the cause of global peace and security; 
  • Facilitate, coordinate and undertake the publication and dissemination of scientific and technological achievements in Africa; 
  • Improve Africa’s capacity for management of research, development and public policy by bridging the gaps among natural, applied and social scientists, the productive sector and the government; 
  • To provide information on, and support for, public awareness and understanding of science and technology, and to promote the development of a science culture in Africa.



From its very beginning, and especially as a result of the wide-ranging consultations that led to the revision of its constitution in 1996, AAS has a tripartite mandate of:

  • Promoting excellence in scientific and technological endeavours;
  • Mobilizing and strengthening indigenous scientific and technological capacities for scienceled
  • Leading campaigns for public policy change towards greater support for development-oriented research and



The overall goals of AAS are to strengthen science and technology capacity, to mobilize science and technology resources in the continent and among the African diaspora, to stimulate problem-solving research and development in the pivotal areas of the continent’s development, and to market the Academy’s activities widely for greater impact on African social development and economic growth.



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