Brain Storming Session for the BAS Strategy

19 June 2019, 11:22

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The Botswana Academy of Science (BAS) hosted a strategy planning meeting at the Botswana Institute of Technology Research and Innovation (BITRI) in Gaborone, Botswana on 29 April 2019. The Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) was invited to make a presentation about its own strategy.  BAS will use best practices from ASSAf and other science academies to develop their own five-year strategy. Once completed, the strategy will be shared with government and other key stakeholders.

BAS was launched on 10 November 2015 and aims to recognise, support, and promote excellence in scientific research. The strategy drafting meeting was attended by the ASSAf’s International and National Manager, Mr Stanley Maphosa. The role of ASSAf was acknowledged in most of the BAS achievements so far. Dr Pulane Mswela, BAS General Secretary and a lecturer at the University of Botswana presented a draft on what the BAS strategy should entail.  The Southern African Development Community (SADC) member states agreed to support science academy formation and develop existing academies in June 2017 in Eswatini. The number of science academies in the SADC region is increasing and there is a need for continuous engagements. Angola has expressed interest in starting a science academy, as have Namibia and Lesotho.