Immediate release, 2 June 2016
Scientists from across Africa will gather in Kasane, Botswana, on 21-22 June 2016 for the African Academy of Sciences’ (AAS) 10th General Assembly, which will be opened by the President of Botswana, His Excellency Lt General Dr Ian Khama.

The General Assembly, which is a gathering of Fellows of the African Academy of Sciences, will be held under the theme Academies as the voice of science in Africa. The AAS is jointly organising with the Botswana Institute for Technology Research and Innovation (BITRI) and the Botswana International University of Science & Technology.

The 120 scientists gathering for the event will discuss how science academies in Africa canwork with governments to use research to shape better policies by providing the data and evidence to feed into policymaking processes.
AAS President Aderemi Kuku said: “The meeting will explore ways of how to bridge the gap between academies and policymakers. We are happy that the President of Botswana will join us for the Opening of the General Assembly and look forward to his interaction with Scientists on the continent.”
President Khama will also inaugurate the Botswana Academy of Science, which was created in 2015 as an independent organisation that would represent the voice of scientists in Botswana. It is seen as an important milestone in the S&T landscape as Botswana is increasingly looking to diversify its economy and stimulate research and development in sectors of the economy.
BITRI CEO Nelson Torto said “BITRI is proud to be associated with hosting the General Assembly; the AAS recognises individuals who have reached the highest level of excellence in their field of expertise and have made contributions to the advancement of the field in the continent. This means that we will be hosting the best minds in Science on the continent.”

Contact
Deborah-Fay Ndlovu, African Academy of Sciences, d.ndlovu@aasciences.ac.ke+254 727 660 760 | +254 20 806 0674
Lesego Agang, Botswana Institute for Technology Research and Innovation, LAgang@bitri.co.bw, +267 391 4161

About the AAS
The African Academy of Sciences (AAS) is a pan-African organisation headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya, that recognises individuals who have reached the highest level of excellence in their field of expertise and have made contributions to the advancement of the field in the continent. These individuals are recognised on merit and designated as fellows of the Academy.
There are about 350 AAS Fellows and Associate Fellows who are proven science, technology and innovation leaders, policy advisors and thinkers most of whom live and work throughout the continent.

Botswana Institute for Technology Research and Innovation
The Botswana Institute for Technology Research and Innovation (BITRI) is a parastatal under the Ministry of Infrastructure Science and Technology, established in 2012 as a Company limited by Guarantee, to conduct needs-based research and development in focused areas in accordance with national priorities. The Mandate of BITRI is to identify and/ or develop appropriate technology solutions in line with national priorities and needs of Batswana. The technologies will as much as possible maximize the use of local materials to ensure efficiency and affordability. BITRI will harness its institutional capacity as well as collaborate with other organizations and institutions. BITRI is situated at Maranyane House in Gaborone, Botswana. It has another campus in Gaborone, Kanye as well as Palapye.

Botswana International University of Science and Technology
The Botswana International University of Science & Technology (BIUST), is an international university located in the town of Palapye, Botswana. It is the southern African nation's second university, after the University of Botswana in the country's capital, Gaborone. It offers science degrees.