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African Academy of Sciences

The African Academy of Sciences (AAS) is a non-aligned, non-political, not-for-profit pan African organisation. The AAS’ 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 through our agenda setting, funding and programme implementation platform, the Alliance for Accelerating Excellence in Science in Africa’s (AESA’s)

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Women have a huge amount to contribute to science and research, if the right support systems are in place. Per-Anders Pettersson/Getty Images

Study sheds light on what it takes for women to succeed – or not – in science in Africa

Reasons why women's voices are ignored in science reporting range from socio-cultural influences that inform gender norms, to perceptions of leadership and political power structures.
Scientists around Africa are working at the cutting edge of research and their work is relevant beyond the continent. PIUS UTOMI EKPEI/AFP via Getty Images

Quality research in Africa matters more than ever – for the whole world

Thanks to major science infrastructure, human resource training and education investment in African nations, the continent is well placed to lead from the front.
By setting out the continent’s research priorities, scientists can focus better on what needs to be done. Maliutina Anna/Shutterstock

Africa’s scientists set out their COVID-19 research priorities

Some of the priorities were drawn from the World Health Organisation's Roadmap; others were expressed by researchers in and from Africa as being important to the continent's many contexts.
More clinical trials in African countries can help ensure that any vaccines or treatments developed cater to the continent’s genetic diversity. CELLOU BINANI/AFP via Getty Images

Few clinical trials are done in Africa: COVID-19 shows why this urgently needs to change

More countries on the African continent must urgently get involved in clinical trials so that the data collected will accurately represent the continent at a genetic level.

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