The African Academy of Sciences (The AAS) is a non-aligned, non-political, not-for-profit pan African organisation. The AAS’s vision is to see transformed lives on the African continent through science.

Our tripartite mandate is recognising excellence through The AAS’ highly prestigious fellowship and award schemes, providing advisory and think tank functions for shaping Africa’s Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) strategies and policies and implementing key  STI programmes addressing Africa’s developmental challenges.

To date AAS has recognised close to 400 Fellows and Honorary Fellows who are proven STI leaders, policy advisors and thinkers most of whom live and work within and outside of the continent. In addition to The AAS fellows, there are 62 recognized AAS Affiliates, who are early career researchers with the promise to become world class researchers.

The AAS is the only continental academy in Africa, enjoying the support and recognition of the African Union (and with joint programmes with the African Union Development Agency, formerly NEPAD), and several governments, and major international partners. These bodies also recognise the think-tank functions of The Academy and its increasing role in setting the research agenda for the future development of the continent.

The AAS has three platforms that support STI agenda setting and funding, publishing and research and innovation:

  • The Alliance for Accelerating Excellence in Science in Africa (AESA), is an initiative of The AAS and the African Union Development Agency in partnership with the Wellcome Trust, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID). AESA is an agenda setting and funding platform that supports the development of Africa’s research leadership, promotes scientific excellence and innovation to overcome some of Africa’s developmental challenges. AESA’s mission is to catalyse investments, strategies and programmes that promote the brightest minds in Africa, fosters scientific excellence, inspires research leadership and accelerates innovation in ways that will improve lives and shift the centre of gravity for research in Africa to Africa
  • The AAS Open Research, is an innovative publishing platform, powered by F1000, offering immediate publication and open peer review for researchers supported by The AAS and programmes supported through the agenda setting and funding platform, AESA
  • The Coalition for African Research and Innovation (CARI) is a platform, led by Africans, to place research and innovation at the forefront of Africa’s drive to achieve the SDGs by accelerating a wide range of scientific breakthroughs in Africa that help more Africans lead better lives sooner. CARI is a highly coordinated, well-funded African research and innovation community whose core strategic objectives include resource mobilization, strategic advocacy and fostering greater systematic collaboration

The current Strategic Plan of The AAS (2018-2022) identifies three strategic themes:

  • Excellence: Support the best people, places and programmes to undertake relevant research
  • Partnerships: Nurture strategic partnerships
  • Our People: Provide an enabling environment for learning and growth.

Our five STI areas of focus include:

  • Health and wellbeing
  • Environment and climate change
  • Social sciences and humanities
  • Natural sciences
  • Policy and governance