The African Academy of Sciences
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CTA. 1992. The African Academy of Sciences. Spore 39. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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The African Academy of Sciences (AAS) which is based in Nairobi Kenya, was founded in 1985 to pro mote and foster the growth of the scientific community in Africa. The objectives of the Academy are to stimulate, design and coordinate regional,...
The African Academy of Sciences (AAS) which is based in Nairobi Kenya, was founded in 1985 to pro mote and foster the growth of the scientific community in Africa. The objectives of the Academy are to stimulate, design and coordinate regional, inter- and transdisciplinary scientific research, development and demonstration projects or activities of major regional interest or concern; to advance science education prograrnmes of crucial importance to Africa as a whole; to develop and nurture high-level scientific and technological manpower (particularly with reference to young scientists); to coordinate the dissemination of scientific knowledge through the various media and to facilitate contacts between scientists in Africa. To carry out these objectives the Academy has developed projects in four principal areas: mobilization and strengthening of the- African scientific community;: publication and dissemination of scientific materials; research, development and public policy; and capacity building in science and technology. The project for mobilization and strengthening of the African scientific community includes the Network of African Scientific Institutions, profiles and data-bank of African scientists and institutions and specific assistance to regional scientific and professional associations. Another key area is its project involvement in the Special Commission on Africa (SCA) and Drought, Desertification and Food Deficit (DDFD) programmes. The Academy produces two quarterly publications. Discovery and Innovation is a journal which allows the African scientific community to share information as well as providing a local point for scientist and policy makers from outside the continent who are working on similar problems. The Newsletter Whydah reports on the Academy's events, awards and research grants as well as on the activities of the scientific community that makes up its membership. In addition, the Academy holds symposia and workshops and collaborates in projects with other organizations with similar objectives. The African Academy of Sciences PO Box 14798, Nairobi KENYA