Zambia Academy of Sciences
FormationSeptember 16, 2005; 18 years ago (2005-09-16)
Founded atLusaka, Zambia
TypeLearned society
PurposeTo promote scientific discovery and innovation, and to provide independent advice on science and technology matters
HeadquartersLusaka, Zambia
FieldsScience, technology, engineering and mathematics
Membership (2021)
42 members and fellows

The Zambia Academy of Sciences (ZaAS) is a non-profit organisation that provides perspectives on scientific matters and contributes to the nation's scientific education. It includes 42 members and fellows from various scientific disciplines, including academia, public and private sectors. The academy has a draft constitution and is subject to an Act of Parliament.[1][2]


The Zambia Academy of Sciences was established at the National Science and Technology Council offices in 2005.[3][4] An interim governing council was formed and a draft constitution was prepared.[5][6][3] The academy was registered as a Society in the same year and joined the Network of African Science Academies (NASAC) in 2006.[1][2] From January 2016, the academy implemented policy documents for nominating and electing members and fellows.[1][2]


As of 2021, ZaAS had 42 members and fellows from fields such as agricultural and animal sciences, biological sciences, chemistry, engineering, food science, medical sciences, mineral sciences, and veterinary science. The membership includes scientists from academia, public and private sectors.[1][2] The academy conducted its first induction ceremony in September 2017.[1][2] The academy is in the process of being legislated by an Act of Parliament and aims to provide opinions on scientific matters and contribute to the country's science education.[1][2] Members of ZaAS include Prof. Kelly Chibale, Prof. Kavwanga Yambayamba, Prof. Imasiku Nyambe, Prof. Phillip Nkunika, and Prof. Stephen Simukanga.


The Zambia Academy of Sciences participates in activities such as publishing reports on scientific developments in Zambia and advocating for media coverage of the country's research.[1][2] The academy organises events related to science and technology, including workshops, seminars, symposia, and conferences.[1][2] It works with national, regional, and international scientific organisations and networks, including the Network of African Science Academies, the International Science Council, the African Academy of Sciences, and the World Academy of Sciences.[1][2] The academy also takes part in projects and initiatives that focus on science and technology challenges and opportunities in Zambia and Africa, such as the Science Granting Councils Initiative, the African Science, Technology and Innovation Indicators Initiative, the African Open Science Platform, and the Science Advice for Policy by European Academies.[1][2]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Zambia Academy of Sciences - InterAcademy Partnership". Retrieved 29 December 2023.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Zambia, Zambia Academy of Sciences (ZaAS) - International Science Council". Retrieved 29 December 2023.
  3. ^ a b "Zambian science academy launched". SciDev.Net. 16 September 2005. Retrieved 29 December 2023.
  4. ^ "Managing COVID19 pandemic in Africa" (PDF). Retrieved 29 December 2023.
  5. ^ "Zambia Academy of Sciences Act, 2020 – Laws.Africa". 18 December 2020. Retrieved 29 December 2023.
  6. ^ "ZAMBIA ACADEMY OF SCIENCES BILL, N.A.B. NO. 17 OF 2020" (PDF). Retrieved 29 December 2023.