“Equipped with his five senses, man explores the universe around him and calls the adventure Science.”
Edwin Hubble (1889 – 1953)


African Scientists Directory fosters collaboration, counters populism

About the African Scientists Directory


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The African Scientists Directory – collaboratively developed by the International Science Council (ISC) Regional Office for Africa (ROA) and the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) during 2020, with funding made available by the South African Department of Science and Innovation – seeks to provide relevant information on African experts in the natural and social sciences, humanities, engineering and mathematics. Since April 2021 the maintenance and management of the directory became the responsibility of the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf), following the closing of the International Science Council (ISC) Regional Office for Africa (ROA) offices.

This directory aims to: (i) facilitate the free flow of scientists and scientific knowledge across the borders; and promote the participation of African scientists in activities of the global scientific community; (ii) ensure efficient information transfer from the global scientific community to the scientific community in Africa; and the collection and dissemination of any valuable scientific information for Africa; and (iii) promote and facilitate the formation of scientific societies and academies within the continent as well as sub-regional partnerships on the continent. The directory also promotes and facilitates capacity building in Africa, including support for post-graduate training programmes for early-career scientists.


Help us to create a vibrant and well-connected African science community through registering your details on the directory.

Why join? Some of the benefits …


It is only through collaboration that we will be able to accelerate finding solutions to problems faced as a continent. “If you want to go fast, go alone; if you want to go far, go together.” – African proverb

Build Trust

Let’s build trust through openly sharing our expertise and research findings, as well as the underlying data sets to research conducted. “Without data, you are just another person with an opinion.” – W. Edwards Deming

Increase Impact

Indigenous knowledge is not always well-documented. Let’s support one another to find local solutions for local problems and collaborate with all to find global solutions for global problems.


The African Scientists Directory aims to promote and facilitate the formation of scientific societies and academies within the continent as well as sub-regional partnerships on the continent.  By bringing scientists together in a collective way, it guarantees that no one is left out or left behind.

What our Scientists say …

“Thank you for your dedicated efforts at getting this register off the ground. I have disseminated the information among my networks and some of them are already registered on the platform. I wish us all success and may the end justifies the means as we enhance doing science in and on Africa.”
Babatunde Agbola (25 May 2020)

“Thank you for the great work you are doing for the continent of Africa. This connectivity will increase connection and partnerships among the academics in Africa and Diaspora. It will realise immeasurable results among African scientists more than any other time in history. Congratulations on the launch of the African Scientist directory!”
Joash Migosi (25 May 2020)

“If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of Giants.” ― Sir Isaac Newton (1642 – 1727)