In 2004, the United States National Academies, supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, started the African Science Academy Development Initiative (ASADI), a 10-year program aimed at building the capacity of African science academies. The initiative was focused on strengthening the role of African science academies as providers of evidence-based science for policymaking, and promoting relationships between the academies and their governments. As part of efforts to achieve these objectives, a yearly meeting of African science academies was instituted to strengthen relationships and foster cooperation between African science academies. During the 10 years of ASADI, ten regional conferences were held, hosted by eight academies. The themes of these conferences covered diverse issues including, policy for development, health, food security, energy, climate change, and biotechnology.
As the ASADI program began to wind down, the African academies in a bid to take ownership of setting Africa's scientific agenda, as well as sustain the ideals of the ASADI program, morphed the ASADI meeting into the Annual Meeting of African Science Academies (AMASA) in 2011. During the 13th meeting in Nigeria, the Benin national academy of sciences, arts and letters accepted to host the AMASA-14 conference.
The objective of this conference is to convene a regional meeting of African academies key stakeholders to discuss sustainable development in Africa: the role of young and senior science academies. Specifically, this conference aims at discussing:
  • A hundred years of science academies in Africa: how far and how well?
  • Securing Africa's Scientific Future
  • Linking traditional knowledge and STI for inclusive and balanced sustainable development in Africa
  • Science Diplomacy
  • Open Science
  • STI education in Africa, and
  • Sharing learning from IAP projects on global (SDGs) and regional (AU-STISA) policymaking: achieving sustainable science academies.

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