Driving Scientific and Technological Innovation in Africa The African Academy of Sciences, P.O. Box 24916-00502 Nairobi, Kenya Telephone: +254 (20) 806 0674 Fax: +254 (20) 806 0675 Website: www.aasciences.org E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Vision and Mission• Vision To be the engine for driving sustainable scientific and technological development and human wellbeing in Africa.• Mission The mission of AAS is to serve, first, as an honorific society with the primary function of honoring 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.
Goals• Goals 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
Objectives of the AAS1. To promote and foster the growth of the scientific community in Africa by recognizing, supporting and promoting excellence in scientific research performed by African scientists.2. To stimulate and nurture the spirit of scientific discovery and technological innovation in Africa in order to promote sustainable development in the continent through research and development.3. To promote contacts among African scientists, technologists, engineers and other scholars, and between them and the world scientific and technological community in order to facilitate regional integration and to serve the cause of global peace and security. 4
Objectives of the AAS (con’t)4. To facilitate, coordinate and undertake the publication and dissemination of scientific and technological achievements in Africa.5. To improve Africa’s capacity for management of research, development and public policy by bridging the gaps between natural, applied and social scientists, the private sector and governments.6. 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.7. To foster improved participation of women and youth in scientific fields. 5
Historical backgroundFounding Founding President• The AAS was founded in 1985 • On 10th December 1985, the in Trieste, Italy with 33 constitution for the new Academy (AAS) was ratified as a meeting held scientists as the founding at the ICIPE, and Prof. Thomas Risley fellows Odhiambo was elected as the Founding President of AAS. Thomas Risley Odhiambo 1931-2003The late Nobel laureate M. Abdus Salaam speakingon the occasion of the founding of AAS - 1985
GovernanceThe governance structure of AAS comprises the General Assembly, the Governing Council,the Management Committee and the Secretariat
Governance cont’d• The General Assembly (GA) – The General Assembly is the highest decision making organ of the Academy and is a gathering of all Fellows. The Assembly meets every three years to elect members of the Governing Council and other officers of the Academy and to deliberate on other issues of interest to the Fellowship.• The Governing Council (GC) – comprises 14 members elected by the General Assembly (GA) to serve for a period of three years: the President, Secretary General, Treasurer, five Vice Presidents andfive representatives from the five African regions (East, West South, North and Central). – The GC meets at least once a year toformulate and review the programs of the Academy; receive, examine and approve audited accounts; receive the recommendations of the Membership Advisory Committees; to make recommendations for the selection of new fellows; and receive and consider reports of the Management Committee
Governance cont’d• The Management Committee – was formed in 2011 on the recommendation of the Governing Council to replace the Executive Committee. – Composed of the President, the Secretary General, the Treasurer and the Executive Director serving as the secretary in an Ex-Officio capacity. – The Management Committee is responsible for the overall management of the Academy.• The Secretariat – The secretariat of the Academy is located in Nairobi, Kenya and serves as the continental headquarters. – It is headed by an Executive Director and is responsible for the daily activities of the Academy.
Governing Council of AAS President Past President: Mohamed Hassan o Ahmadou Lamine Ndiaye (Senegal) (Sudan) Secretary General Regional Representatives o Shem Arungu-Olende (Kenya) o N. Africa - Dr. Chaibi Thameur (Tunisia) o W. Africa – Prof. Emmanuel Edee (Togo) Vice Presidents o E. Africa - Prof. Keto Mshigeni (Tanzania)o Northern Africa Prof. Abdel Shafy Fahamy o C. Africa - Prof. Paul Nchoji Nkwi (Cam) Obada (Egypt) o S. Africa - Prof. George Ekosse (Cam/SA)o Western Africa Prof. Francis Allotey (Ghana)o Eastern Africa Prof. Frederick Kayanja (Uganda)o Central Africa Prof. Juma Shabani (Burundi) Executive Directoro Southern Africa Paulus Gerdes (Mozambique) o Berhanu M. Abegaz (Ethiopia) Treasurer Executive Editor o J. Massaquoi (Sierra Leone) o George Ekosse (S. Africa )
AAS Partners and Collaborators African African Union & Governments NEPAD AAS 209 individual membersFunding and Donor Other Academies Agencies and Institutions 13
African Governments• Signed partnership agreements with 16 African Governments: Botswana, Cameroon, Ethiopia, Gabon, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Mali, Namibia, Nigeria, Senegal, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe• Signed the AAS Headquarters Agreement with the Kenya Government on May 12, 2005. 14
The AAS Secretariat building in Karen, Nairobi. The building which serves as the continental headquarters for the Academy wasofficially Inaugurated on 12th November 2011 by Chief Olusegun Obasanjo
AAS Fellowship recruitment drive2012• Total under review = 51• Countries = 21• Fields = Basic Sciences - 24• Applied Sciences - 23• Social Sciences and Humanities - 4• Women = 11• Age range: 38-71, average 54.5
AAS Fellows Emmanuel Edee Reg Rep C Thameur Reg Rep AAS Officers A. Obade, Vice President J. Shabani Vive President P. Nkwi Reg Rep F. Kayanja Vice President S. Arungu-Olende, Secretary GeneralWhere are they? J. Massaquoi, Treasurer K Mshigeni, Reg Rep• In Universities• In research institutions P Gerdes Vice President• In various regional and global organizations G Ekosse Reg Rep• In leadership, policy fora
PartnershipsAAS and TWAS – partners since 1985•1985 – AAS established in a TWAS forum•1989 – AAS and TWAS jointly launched Discovery and Innovation•2003 – AAS and TWAS signed MOU•2006 – TWAS Young scientists’ annual conference•2007 - TWAS Regional prize (5)•2007 – TWAS young affiliates (25)•2009 - TWAS-AAS-Microsoft prize (9)•2010 – TWAS Regional Office Prize (2)
Partnerships•IOCD in areas of science education•NEPAD - Review of the CPA•AUC –Pan-African University•AAS-Indian National Science Academy (INSA) Cooperation • Discovery and Innovation, Summit of Academies – Sept 2012•Mo Ibrahim Foundation• Youth program, Governance•AUC and others • DOCLINKS Project•International Foundation for Science • Short courses on proposal writing, publications, etc
Highlights of AAS Recent Activities1. African Forest Research Network 1999 – 2011 based on a long term capacity development support from SIDA 236 Masters and PhD theses 222 Thematic research grants Over 300 publications 20
Highlights of AAS Recent ActivitiesAfrican Climate Change Fellowship Program (ACCFP) (jointly with START International - USA, IRA – Dar es Salaam (2007-2010) IDRC support) 44 Fellowships: Policy Fellowships (16 – ten countries) Teaching (3 – two countries) Doctoral (13 – Eight countries) Post-doctoral (12 – ten countries) 21
Highlights of AAS Current Activities3.Renewing the AAS mandate mandate to work with young scientists clearly defined responsibilities of regional vice presidents and representatives4. Developing a Strategic Plan 2012-2017 and a long term vision – 2025 22
Competitive Prizes for Excellence Olusegun Obasanjo Prize for Scientific breakthrough and/or technological innovationTWAS Regional PrizeYoung Scientists PrizeTWAS Young AffiliatesThe Thomas Risely Odhiambo Prize for creating enabling environment for STI
Winners of 2011 TWAS Prizes L-R: • Prof. Hein Venter • Dr. Sodiya Adesina Simon • Dr. Mohamad Abou El-Nasr who won the TWAS-AAS-Microsoft Award • Prof. Peet van Schalkwyk recipient of the TWAS Regional Prize on Public Understanding and Popularization of Science • Dr. John S. Terblanche, awardee of the TWAS-ROSSA Prize for Young Scientists.
TWAS Young Affiliates 2011-2015 Romain L.Glele Kakaï, Benin Christine Lochner, RSA Etinosa O. Igbinosa, Nigeria Joseph M. Mwangangi Kenya Simon F. Kouam, Cameroon
Public Lectures (2011) The AAS-icipe-TWAS-ROSSA Conference was well attended including the participation of the former President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, H.E. Hon. Chief Olusegun Obasanjo who also presided over the AAS Obasanjo Prize for Scientific Discovery and/or Technological Innovation.The prize was awarded to Salim S.Abdool Karim and Quarraisha AbdoolKarim for their work on the use of amicrobicide, Tenofovir gel, to preventHIV infection and genital herpes inwomen. The winners gave a publiclecture on "New Hope for HIVPrevention" that was sponsored byTWAS.
Young Scientists’ Conference Annual conferences covering themes in science and technology Forum for young scientists in the region to interact & network with senior scientistsParticipants at the AAS-icipe-TWAS-ROSSAConference Mentoring young scientists
Publications of AAS• AAS and Academy Science Publishers have published more than 40 books and monographs • Profiles of African Scientists (3rd Edition) • Profiles of African Scientific institutions 28
Publications of AAS•Discovery and Innovation (D&I) D&I is published four times a year•Whydah Whydah is published three times a year
What AAS offers as a Host Institution• An organization with strong brand name and excellent reputation – an international NGO recognized by the Government of Kenya, Diplomatic status…., Observer status at AU…. A pan-African organization dedicated to scientific excellence• Outstanding asset base (vast estate, secretariat building, space for further infrastructure development, fiber-optics based Internet, video, e- mail…. Conference facilities…. )
What AAS offers as a Host Institution• Endowment Fund, solvent organization with sound financial status and transparent accounting system, ability to work with multicurrency accounts.• Non-partisan, non-political and not-for-profit organization…. no conflict of interest with ACEs…• Experience in hosting organizations, TWAS-ROSSA, and NASAC.• Legal support from a well known and established firm.• Africa-wide Fellowship base.
What AAS offers as a Host Institution (HI)• An Executive Director with wide leadership experience in Africa- promoting intra-African cooperation; establishing research networks with proven track record of achievement• Experiences in review and assessment in – research grant proposals – Nominees for AAS Fellowship – Various prizes
Strategic priorities and Objectives(2012-2017)1 Recognizing excellence •Fellowship recruitment •Young affiliates program •Prizes2 Capacity building in science, technology and Innovation • Improving the quality of STEM education and research, • Working with governments to develop appropriate policies for STI – policy, financing, • protection of IP, including IKS • Development of Scientific culture in society and at all levels of the educational system
Strategic priorities and Objectives (2012-2017) (Cont’d) •Sustainable energy •Food and nutrition •Healthcare and wellbeing •Climate sciences •Nanosciences3. Ensuring the vitality and sustainability of AAS • Widening the Financial Resource Base and Capital Development • Governance and Structure • Publication and Dissemination of Scientific Materials • Mobilization of African Science and Technology Community
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