on the Value of Academies
At ASADI IV in London, Patrick Amuriat Oboi, a member of the Parliament of Uganda and its Committee on Science and Technology, delivered a speech entitled "Why Would a Government Want Independent Advice?"
Declaration of Dakar
Participants at the ASADI III conference in Senegal called for continued efforts to improve the scientific basis for policy decisions, especially those related to managing water resources and preventing waterborne diseases. Read the Declaration of Dakar.
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Aug. 5 Symposium on Science, Technology, and Innovation for Development in Africa
At the time of President Obama's U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit in Washington, D.C., the National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, and Institute of Medicine hosted a symposium on science, technology, and innovation (STI) in Africa. Read more
Academies Confront Surge in Smoking in Africa
Preventing a Tobacco Epidemic in Africa: A Call for Effective Action to Support Health, Social, and Economic Development (English version, French version), a new report from a committee convened by the Network of African Science Academies, outlines strategies to combat increasing tobacco use in Africa. While tobacco use has declined in high-income countries, it is growing in many developing parts of the world, especially Africa, where, without interventions, it could double within the next 10 years, according to the report.
Ethiopia Hosts Ninth Annual Meeting of African Science Academies
Leaders of science academies from several African nations gathered in Addis Ababa for the ninth annual meeting of African science academies, hosted by the Ethiopian Academy of Sciences, which was founded in 2010 and is a new partner in the African Science Academy Development Initiative. The deputy prime minister of Ethiopia spoke at the opening ceremony for the conference, the theme of which is "biotechnology for Africa's development."
"Hosting the annual meeting of African science academies three years after our own academy was established is an honor, and provides us a unique opportunity to raise awareness of how academies can provide policy advice on a national as well as continental scale."
Professor Demissie Habte, president, Ethiopian Academy of Sciences
'Raising the African Voice' on Climate Change
The science academies of Africa issued a joint statement at their annual meeting in Lagos, Nigeria, calling on the African scientific community to intensify its study of the impact of climate change. Noting that Africa's contribution of scientific information to understanding climate change has been "meagre" to date, the statement calls for African researchers to step up their observation, modeling, and analyses of the effects of climate change on a regional scale, and to help plan interventions to mitigate and adapt to the impacts of climate change on the continent.
Annual Conference Begins in Nigeria on Nov. 12, 2012
The eighth annual meeting of African science academies runs from Nov. 12-14 in Lagos, Nigeria. Experts from throughout Africa and beyond will gather to discuss how climate change is projected to impact Africa and the ability of countries on the continent to adapt. Leaders of the Nigerian Academy of Science, the host of this year's meeting, hope it will help highlight the need for more input from African scientists on the critical issue of climate change.