The Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences was founded in 1959 on the initiative of Ghana’s first president, Osagyefo Dr Kwame Nkrumah. Its aim is generally to promote the pursuit, advancement and dissemination of knowledge in all branches of the sciences and the humanities.

    Our Objectives

    The Academy’s objectives, partly reviewed over the years are:
    • To promote the study, extension, and dissemination of knowledge of the arts and sciences.
    • To establish and maintain proper standards of endeavor in all fields of the arts and sciences.
    • To recognize outstanding contributions to the advancement of the arts and sciences in Ghana.
    • To contribute actively to the development of Ghana and Africa generally by examining and addressing crucial issues of development.
    • To do such other things as are conducive or incidental to the attainment of all or any of the foregoing objects.

    Our Mission

    The mission of the Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences is to encourage the creation, acquisition, dissemination and utilization of knowledge for national development through the promotion of learning.


    African Academy of Science (AAS): The AAS is a pan African organisation headquartered in Kenya, which aims to drive sustainable development in Africa through science technology and innovation. It has a tripartite mandate of pursuing excellence by recognising scholars and achievers; providing advisory and think tank functions for shaping the continent’s strategies and policies; and implementing key science, technology and innovation programmes.

    Network of African Science Academies (NASAC): NASAC is a consortium of merit-based science academies in Africa and aspires to make the “voice of science” heard by policy and decision makers within Africa and worldwide. NASAC is dedicated to enhancing the capacity of existing national science academies and champions in the cause for creation of new academies where none exist. As at December 2016, NASAC comprised of twenty four members.

    IAP– The Inter-Academy Partnership on Science, Research and Health: IAP is the global network of science academies.

    Annual Meeting of African Science Academies (AMASA): the annual meeting of African science academies provides a forum for science academies on the continent and other distinguished experts to discuss how Africa can control its own destiny by taking greater ownership of the continent’s development agenda.

    The International Council for Science (ICSU): ICSU is a non-governmental organisation with a global membership of national scientific bodies (122 Members, representing 142 countries) and International Scientific Unions (31 Members). ICSU’s mission is to strengthen international science for the benefit of society.