The Academy’s anniversary celebration which take place in November, are in the form of a presidential address delivered by the President of the Academy, a series of symposia involving Fellows and non-Fellows, and the Anniversary Lecture, renamed Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Lecture since 2003.

    A Fellow normally delivers the Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Lecture. These lectures address a wide range of issues on humanities and sciences. Hitherto, the three days between the Presidential Address and the Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Lecture are devoted to symposia on topical issues.

    Below are lists of the titles of the Presidential Addresses since 2001; the themes of the Founder’s Week since 1971; and the titles of the Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Lectures since 2003:

    Title of Presidential Addresses since 2001

    2001Fred T. Sai“Why is Africa Losing the Battle against AIDS”
    2002Fred T. Sai“Environment, Poverty and Health”
    2003Nana S.K.B. Asante“The Constitutional and Legal Framework for National Integration”
    2004Nana S.K.B. Asante“Law as a Tool of Social Change”
    2005Nana S.K.B. Asante“Transnational Corporations, Foreign Direct Investment Development”
    2006Nana S.K.B. Asante“Water in Development: Personal Recollections and Reflections”
    2007Letitia E. Obeng“Towards a Science Culture for National Development”
    2008Letitia E. Obeng

    “Thinking Our Way to Development and Social Fulfilment:

    The Place of a learned Society”

    2009Reginald Fraser Amonoo“Promoting Excellence in Knowledge:  50 years of the Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences”
    2010Reginald Fraser Amonoo“Perpetual Change and the Role of Scholars”
    2011Francis K. Nkrumah““The Role of An Academy of Science in National Development””
    2012Francis K. A. Allotey

    “Ghana’s Urbanisation Challenge: Electricity Demand and


    2013Francis K. A. Allotey“Education in the Age of Rapid Technological Advancement”
    2014Francis K. A. Allotey“Science, Technology and Innovation Enterprise, A Platform for Economic Growth and Transformation of Ghana”
    2015Akilagpa Sawyerr“Thinking Our Way to Development and Social Fulfilment: The Place of a Learned Society”


    1971       Management, Administration and Development

    1972       Education and Society: Education in Ghana at the Beginning of    the 21st  Century

    1973       Food, Population and Politics

    1974       Education and Manpower

    1975       Traditional Institutions of Our Society

    1976       Energy for Development*

    1977       Education in Ghana at the Beginning of the 21st Century

    1978       Science and Technology for Development*

    1979       Agricultural and Industrial Production for National Survival*

    1980       Human Rights and the Democratic Process

    1981       National Development: Problems, Solutions and Strategies

    1982       Health for the Community*

    1983       The Political Economy of Ghana: Analysis, Perspectives and Options

    1984       The Place of Learning in National Life

    1985       Management and Development

    1986       Education and Human Values in Nation Building

    1987       Decentralization and National Integration

    1988       Natural Resources and their Management: Present and Future  Challenges*

    1989       The Future of Our Cities

    1990       Accountability in National Life

    1991       Ghana in the Year 2000

    1992       Sustainable Development and the Environment

    1993       The Culture of Dependency

    1994       Conflicts in Africa

    1995       Management of Ghana’s Natural Resources*

    1996       Financing Education in Ghana into the 21st Century

    1997       Land as a Resource for Development*

    1998       The Notion of the State in Contemporary Africa

    1999       Critical Issues and the Challenges of the 21st Century

    2000       The Information Age*

    2001       Some Critical Development Issues facing Ghana

    2002       Globalization

    2003       National Integration

    2004       Gender: Evolving Roles and Perceptions

    2005       From Stability to Growth: Challenges of National Development

    2006       Water*

    2007       National Development: The Past 50 Years

    2008       The Challenges of Oil Discovery in Ghana*

    2009       50 Years of Promoting Excellence in Knowledge

    2010       Climate Change*

    2011       Ghana’s Employment Challenge

    2012       Ghana’s Urbanisation Challenge

    2013       Education for National Development

    2014       Transforming the Economy of Ghana

    2015       Managing Ghana’s Oil Resources