Botswana, Botswana Academy of Science (BAS)

The BAS covers the natural sciences, physical sciences, mathematics, medicine and other life sciences, the engineering sciences, and the integration of these with the social sciences and the humanities.

The Botswana Academy of Science (BAS) is an autonomous non-profit organization established by scientists in Botswana in 2015.

Key Priorities

Female scientist in a lab

The Academy set out its mandate to cover five key principal priorities:

  • Capacity- building in Science, Technology and Innovation aligned with SDGs.
  • Capacity building for women in STEM in order increase participation of women in STEM
  • Recognition and promotion of excellence in scientific research and service performed by Botswana scientists;
  • Cooperation and coordination with organizations and institutions, nationally and internationally (such in strengthening national research capacities)
  • Promotion of information on science and promotion of interest in science by the general public in Botswana


Aerial shot of the Okavango River

The BAS was admitted to the Network of African Science Academies (NASAC) in 2018, and is also a member of the African Scientific and Research Innovation Council (ASRIC). Currently, the BAS is the hosting institution for the Organisation of Women in Science for the Developing World (OWSD) Botswana national chapter. It is especially important for BAS to be inclusive and impact on groups such as women and youths and BAS’ engagement with early career scientists has been evident through the national chapter. The BAS has enjoyed support and continues to collaborate with other senior academies like the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf).

Visit the BAS website

Connect with BAS on LinkedIn

Follow the BAS on Facebook @BotswanaacademyofSciences

The Botswana Academy of Science (BAS) has been a Member of the International Science Council since 2023.

Photo 3 by Wynand Uys on Unsplash

Skip to content