UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA - AFRICAN STUDIES CENTER
The International Society of African Scientists (ISAS) was established as a non-profit tax-exempt organization in the State of Delaware, USA, in October 1982. Its mission is to provide a medium through which the technical expertise of scientists and engineers of African descent is channeled to help solve the technical problems facing countries primarily in Africa and the Caribbean. To achieve its mission, the Society strives to
1. Provide a forum for technical information exchange and promote interaction among scientists of African descent.
2. Help members keep abreast of technical developments worldwide with emphasis on countries of interest to the society.
3. Encourage collaboration among technical experts on projects in countries of interest to the Society.
4. Provide technical information on the various countries of interest to the Society.
5. Maintain a database of technical experts of African descent who shall be drawn upon to develop and implement solutions to identified problems in Africa and The Caribbean.
6. Work towards the establishment of close ties between the Society and other technical or scientific organizations.
ACTIVITIES AND PROGRAMS OF THE SOCIETY
1. ISAS sponsors annual technical conferences which explore the technical needs of Africa and the Caribbean. The proceedings of the conferences are published in the form of a technical journal (ISAS Transactions) and circulated to interested governments, academic and scientific organizations, and individuals.
2. The Society publishes a quarterly newsletter which enables members to keep abreast of technical developments.
3. The Society maintains a directory of technical professionals of African descent. The directory can be made available to funding and government agencies which seek experts to work on technical projects in Africa and the Caribbean.
4. The Society collaborates with other technical organizations (e.g., National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), Jamaican Institute of Engineers, American Chemical Society (ACS) and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)) on programs of benefit to the peoples of African descent.
5. The Society maintains a network of Regional Representatives in Africa and The Caribbean who can provide information on technical needs.
6. The Society is sponsoring various projects to meet the urgent needs of educational and research institutions in Africa and the Caribbean (e.g., the supply of books, journals and other technical literature to Universities).
7. The Society holds an annual picnic which fosters communication among members.
Some benefits of membership in the International Society of African Scientists are:
1. An opportunity to network with fellow professionals and share ideas affecting Africa and the Caribbean.
2. Reduced subscription rates for "African Technology Forum", a quarterly journal devoted to technical developments pertinent to Africa.
3. A newsletter which highlights items of technical interest. 4. Inclusion in the directory of technical professionals, a viable way to gain exposure and market technical skills.
5. An opportunity to contribute to practical technical solutions to problems facing Africa and the Caribbean.
The current membership represents a wide range of nationalities from the African Continent, The Caribbean and the Americas. Membership is open to all who share the goals of ISAS, irrespective of race or national origin. Membership application form is attached.
<b>ANNUAL CONFERENCE THEMES AND KEYNOTE SPEAKERS</b>
1984 Technological Problems Facing Countries Of The Peoples Of African Descent: Scientific Resources For Solutions
Dr. Edward S. Ayensu
The Smithsonian Institution
1985 Technological Problems Facing Countries Of The Peoples Of African Descent: Practical Approaches To Implementation Of Solutions
The Crucial Role Of Energy In Development: Energy
Options in Africa
Dr. Kofi Bota
Vice President, Academic Affairs
Small Scale Industries: First Step In
Technological Development Of Africa
Dr. Dotsevi Y. Sogah
The DuPont Company
1986 Technologies For Developing Nations
Prof. James Fabunmi
Dept. of Aerospace & Aeronautical Engineering
University of Maryland
College Park, MD
1987 Science And Technology For Developing Nations
Ambassador Victor J. Gbeho
Ghana's Ambassador to the United Nations
New York, NY
Mr. Callisto Modavo
Asst. Director, Eastern and Southern Africa
The World Bank
1988 Science And Technology For Developing Nations
Dr. Thomas Mensah
AT&T Bell Laboratory
Dr. Alston B. Meade
The DuPont Company
1989 Technology: The Essential Link In Development
Mr. Albert D. Osei
Senior Country Officer
Sahel Department, Africa Region
The World Bank
1990 Waste Management In Developing Countries
Mr. Jean Doyen
Division Chief, Infrastructure Division
Technical Dept., Africa Region
The World Bank
Dr. Noel Brown
Director, Regional Office For North America
United Nations Development Programme
New York, NY
Dr. William Brown
Director of Environmental Affairs
Waste Management Inc.
Ambassador Prof. Victor I. Gambari
Ambassador & Permanent Representative of
Nigeria To The United Nations
New York, NY
1991 Agricultural Technology: Key to Self-Sufficiency
Prof. Jeffrey Gritzner
Director, Public Policy Research Institute
University of Montana
1992 The Role Of Science And Technology In The Democratic Ideals Of Developing Countries
Prof. Ali Mazrui
Director, Institute of Global Cultural Studies
SUNY at Binghamton
1994 AIDS in Africa and The Caribbean: Enabling Communities to Find Solutions
Dr. Louis Sullivan
Morehouse School of Medicine
and former US Secretary of Health and Human Services
MEMBERSHIP APPLICATION FORM
INTERNATIONAL SOCIETY OF AFRICAN SCIENTISTS
P.O. Box 9209
Wilmington, DE, 19809
Membership categories and yearly dues:
Regular $30 (Africans, peoples of African descent)
Associate $15 (non-Africans, not of African descent)
Student $8 (Africans, peoples of African descent)
A: BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION
Name (First, MI, Last)___________________________________________
Home Mailing Address_____________________________________________
E-mail Address __________________________________________________
Birthdate (mon/day/year)_________________Gender(M or F)__________
Country of Birth________________Country of Citizenship___________
B: EDUCATION (list colleges, universities, etc. attended,
starting with most recent)
University yrs attended Degree/Major
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C: PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE (list professional experience, starting with most recent)
Company/Institution Nature of work period of employment
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D: PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS TO WHICH YOU BELONG
E: DIRECTORY INFORMATION
Area of Expertise_______________________________________________
Country(ies) of Interest________________________________________
Send completed application with the applicable membership dues to
Senyo Opong ,Secretary
ISAS, P.O. Box 9209, Wilmington, DE, 19809
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