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The Nigerian Academy of Science (NAS) will be celebrating her 40th year as the ‘‘voice of science’’ in Nigeria. The activities to mark this momentous milestone are scheduled to take place in Abuja, Nigeria from the 14 to 16 November 2017 as part of a week of activities.

The activities will serve to showcase the Academy, her activities and partnerships, and plans for the future. Scheduled events include a scientific symposium with the theme “The evolution of NAS and its role in the science-policy nexus”, a ground breaking ceremony (at the NAS permanent site), and a 40th anniversary dinner. 

In addition, the Nigerian Academy of Science will be hosting the 13th Annual Meeting of African Science Academies (AMASA-13). The theme of this international meeting of African science academies is “Science, Technology, and Innovation: Education and Manpower Development in Africa”. The goals of the conference are to deliberate on education and manpower development issues affecting Science Technology Innovation (STI) development in Africa, discuss how science education and manpower development can accelerate Africa’s growth to meet globally acceptable standards, and initiate a long term engagement plan for African Science Academies, their respective governments, and policy makers to work towards a new era of STI development for a more sustainable and self-reliant Africa.  

The NAS and Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) have signed a bilateral agreement to collaborate in activities and it is in this spirit that ASSAf will join NAS in the celebrations and will be participating as follows:

  • Prof Barney Pityana, the Vice-President of ASSAf will speak on ‘Science education in Southern Africa: Successes, challenges and prospects’.

  • Prof Himla Soodyall, the General Secretary of ASSAf will chair a panel session on ‘Safeguarding Africa’s scientific future through STI education’.

  • Ms Phyllis Kalele, Senior Liaison Officer at ASSAf will be a panellist on the session on ‘Safeguarding Africa’s scientific future through STI education’. She will represent the Gender in Science, Innovation, Technology and Engineering (GenderInSITE) southern Africa focal point which is hosted by ASSAf.