African Science Academies Meet, Discuss Biotechnology for Africa’s Development

The 9th annual meeting of the African Science Academies recently convened officials of national science academies in Africa, Europe, and the U.S., as well as policymakers and researchers from around the world, to discuss the role of biotechnology in Africa's development. Hosted by the Ethiopian Academy of Sciences in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, the meeting featured a series of presentations and discussions on the potential for biotechnology to improve food security and human health and to transform economies across Africa.  The event also explored how science academies can inform policy decisions about the use of biotechnology and facilitate collaboration among the academic, governmental, non-governmental, and industrial sectors to spur innovation in biotechnology and develop biosafety guidelines.
The annual meeting of African science academies grew out of the African Science Academy Development Initiative (ASADI), a multiyear, collaborative effort with the U.S. National Academy of Sciences and others to strengthen the capacity of African academies to inform national policy and public discourse through evidence-based advice. "We are pleased to partner with our colleagues at the Ethiopian Academy of Sciences and have them join this broader effort to bring the full expertise of the African scientific, engineering, and medical communities to bear in addressing critical development issues on the continent," said Michael T. Clegg, foreign secretary, U.S. National Academy of Sciences.
Find more information about the conference, including photos and the full agenda, at the ASADI website: