Zimbabwe Academy of Sciences
FormationOctober 2004; 19 years ago (2004-10)
FounderResearch Council of Zimbabwe
Founded atHarare, Zimbabwe
TypeNational academy
PurposeTo promote scientific research and advise policymakers on science-related issues
HeadquartersHarare, Zimbabwe
FieldsTropical resources, ecology, environment and climate
Membership (2005)
AffiliationsInterAcademy Partnership, Network of African Science Academies

The Zimbabwe Academy of Sciences (ZAS) is a national academy of sciences in Zimbabwe, formed in 2004 by the Research Council of Zimbabwe (RCZ). It addresses subjects such as tropical resources, ecology, and environmental and climate studies. The academy is affiliated with the InterAcademy Partnership and the Network of African Science Academies.


ZAS was established in October 2004 after the RCZ conducted a study of global science academies.[1] The RCZ held discussions with existing professional bodies to discuss the need for a national science academy in Zimbabwe. The formation of ZAS was supported by policymakers consulted by the foundation committee.[2][3]

By 2005, ZAS had 0 fellows and 25 members, making a total of 35 scientists. The academy was seeking funding from various sources, including the government, the private sector, and international donors.[3]


ZAS's objectives include promoting scientific research in Zimbabwe and the region, providing advice on science-related issues, fostering cooperation among scientists and scientific institutions, recognising contributions to science and society, and disseminating scientific knowledge.[2]


ZAS conducts activities to achieve its objectives, such as organising scientific events, publishing scientific literature, participating in scientific networks, providing scientific advice, recognising scientists and researchers with awards, and promoting science education and outreach programs.[2]


ZAS publishes the Zimbabwe Journal of Science and Technology, a peer-reviewed journal that covers science and technology, including natural, applied, and social sciences, as well as engineering and mathematics. ZAS also produces the Zimbabwe Science News, a quarterly newsletter that includes news, events, and activities of ZAS and its members, and articles on current scientific issues.[2]


Current members of the ZAS include Christopher Magadza, David Simbi, Christopher Chetsanga, Francisca Mutapi, Paramu Mafongoya, and Idah Sithole-Niang.


  1. ^ "The ODL African Continental Education Strategy". Retrieved 30 December 2023.
  2. ^ a b c d "Zimbabwe Academy of Sciences (ZAS)". www.interacademies.org. Retrieved 30 December 2023.
  3. ^ a b "Zimbabwean science academy seeks funding". SciDev.Net. 27 May 2005. Retrieved 30 December 2023.