23/04/03

Boosting African science through academies

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Both well-trained scientists and strong scientific institutions are in short supply in Africa.

Only nine of the continent’s 53 nations have science academies, despite the fact that the development of science is seen by many as a vital way for Africa to improve its well-being.

An InterAcademy Panel workshop held in Trieste in May 2001 addressed ways to strengthen science academies in Africa; to spur the creation of academies in nations where there are enough scientists to support an academy; and to pursue alternative strategies — for example the creation of science associations or regional academies — among African nations with too few scientists for a national academy to succeed.

Source: Third World Academy of Sciences

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