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Academy of Science of South Africa
Publishes the South African Journal of Science, Quest magazine, and Members Newsletter. Online reports on topics such as safe drinking water, agricultural productivity. Based in Pretoria, South Africa.

Africa Geoscience Review (Pretoria, South Africa)
Published by the Council for Geoscience (Pretoria), "an organization established by Act of Parliament with a responsibilty to acquire and store geoscience information on South Africa..." "the legal successor of the Geological Survey of South Africa." Has the table of contents/abstracts. [KF]

AFRICAGIS 2005, Tshwane (Pretoria), South Africa, 31 October to 4 November 2005
Geo-information conference.

African Academy of Sciences, AAS
"...started in 1985 as a continent-wide, professional, non-political and non-profit scientists organisation." Describes programs, their publishing arm, Academy Science Publishers, the Africa Journals Support and Development Centre, Capacity Building in Science and Technology projects, etc. Based in Nairobi, Kenya.

African Crop Improvement
"Biotechnology, Breeding and Seed Systems for African Crops. An Activity of The Rockefeller Foundation Food Security Program." History, facts, production of banana, beans, cassava, cowpea, maize, millet, rice, sorghum. Promotes genetic improvement and dissemination of new varieties of African food crops with a geographic focus on Eastern and Southern Africa. Research abstracts, news, photographs, conferences, discussion forum, links to related databases and sites. Based in Nairobi, Kenya. [KF]

African Crop Science Journal (Kampala, Uganda)
Published by the African Crop Science Society, Kampala. Has the tables of contents and abstracts of articles. Photocopies of articles can be ordered. Pay by check or money order. From International Network for the Availability of Scientific Publications (London).

African Frogs - California Academy of Sciences, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, California
Photos and audio files of frogs of the Arabuko-Sokoke Forest in Kenya and the discovery of a new Serengeti treefrog. Listen to the Common Squeaker if you have a sound card and speakers. By Dr. Robert Drewes, Curator & Chairman Department of Herpetology, California Academy of Sciences.

African Indigenous Science and Knowledge Systems
Dr. Gloria Emeagwali, Professor of History, Central Connecticut State University, provides citations to books and links to web sites relating to the, "Background History of Africa, African Food Processing Techniques, African Textile Techniques, African Metallurgy, Colonialism and Africa's Technology, and Mathematics in pre-colonial Hausaland, West Africa.

African Initiatives. Directory of Selected African Research Networks,
Second Edition. Directory of organizations in the fields of health, development, environment, education. Has address, phone, fax, e-mail, contact person, background, goals, activities, publications, funding. Also in Adobe PDF format and Word 95. From the Rockefeller Foundation.

African Invertebrates. A journal of biodiversity (Pietermaritzburg, South Africa)
Published by the Council of the Natal Museum. "peer-reviewed..... covers the taxonomy, systematics, biogeography, biology, ecology, conservation and palaeontology of Afrotropical invertebrates..." Table of contents/abstracts online. Subscription required to read articles. History of the journal (10 p. in PDF).

African Journal of Biomedical Research (Ibadan)
Full text abstract and articles on-line. Published three times a year for the Ibadan Biomedical Communications Group. Hosted by Bioline International. Based at the University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria. [KF]

African Journal of Biotechnology (Nairobi, Kenya and Lagos, Nigeria)
Full text and abstracts available online. In html and Adobe pdf. Peer-reviewed journal on all areas of applied biochemistry, industrial microbiology, molecular biology, genomics and proteomics, food and agricultural technologies, and metabolic engineering. [KF]

African Journal of Herpetology (Durban North, South Africa)
Has the tables of contents of the latest issue.
See also African Herp News:

African Journal of Neurological Sciences
In French or English. Full text articles. (Some full text articles from 1995-2002 from Bioline.) Published by the Pan African Association of Neurological Sciences.

African Journal of Oral Health (Ile Ife, Nigeria)
Official organ of the International Association for Dental Research (Nigerian Division). Published at the Faculty of Dentistry, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, Nigeria. Oral and dental health research. Full text abstracts online. Full text articles for members only or pay £7.50 (approximately $14) per article from African Journals Online.

African Journals On-Line
Tables of contents and abstracts of articles from up to 314 journals from 24 African countries. Many full text articles are on-line. Topics cover arts, culture, language, literature, agricultural sciences, science and technology, health and social sciences. A keyword Search covers all journals. Sign up to receive an automatic email every time a new issue is published in any selected title. Began as a pilot project of the International Network for the Availability of Scientific Publications (London), now an independent non profit, based in South Africa.  [KF]
See also Bioline International

African Mathematical Union. Commission on the History of Mathematics in Africa
Includes issues of their newsletter, articles on "The Ancients", pages on mathematics in Ghana, Namibia, Nigeria, Zambia, Zimbabwe, etc. The newsletter has bibliographies and web sites. The site is part of Mathematicians of the African Diaspora. Both sites are maintained by Professor Scott W. Williams, Mathematics Dept., State Univ. of New York at Buffalo. [KF]

African Regional Centre for Information Science, ARCIS
"...the first and only regionally-oriented institution in West Africa for the training of high-level human resources in information science." Based at the Universitiy of Ibadan, Nigeria." "ARCIS offers both master and doctoral level degree programmes in information science." "the centre undertakes research and consultancy services in information science for the socio-economic development of developing countries." or

African Science News Service, ASNS
News on Biotechnology, Agriculture, Health, Environment, and Technology from Africa. By Africa based reporters with an African eye. Based in Nairobi, Kenya.

African Scientific Network
" organization of educators without borders" News and information on science, mathematics, engineering and technology research and education in Africa. The organizer of the ASN is Dr. Abebe Kebede, Department of Physics, North Carolina A&T State University.

African Scientific Societies and Associations
A directory prepared by the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Sub-Saharan Africa Project (Washington, D.C.)

African Technology Policy Studies Network, ATPS
"(ATPS) is a multi-disciplinary network of researchers, private sector actors and policy makers promoting innovative science and technology policy making .... in 23 African countries." Many full text Working Papers, Research Papers, Special Papers, Technology Briefs on-line. Topics include intellectual property, traditional medicine, climate change, agriculture, traditional knowledge. National chapters through out Africa. Based in Nairobi, Kenya.

African Virtual University
Project, formerly led by the World Bank, now independent, to build world-class degree programs for the education of scientists, technicians,engineers, business managers, health care providers, and other professionals. "The AVU will offer university degree programs in science, technology, and medical fields; noncredit training and seminars; remedial instruction; and electronic library services." Lectures by professors in the US and Europe will be sent by satellite to African universities. Participants include the Univ. of Massachusetts, the New Jersey Institute of Technology, Indiana University, and others. In French, Portuguese, and English. [KF]

African Virtual University Evaluation Project
The Univ. of New Mexico Distance Education Center is conducting an evaluation of the pilot phase of the AVU project: the 1997-1998 academic year.

African Zoology (Pretoria)
Journal published by the Zoological Society of Southern Africa. There is a subscription only site at SABINET. See also full text issues of their newsletter, Aardvark. Based in South Africa. [KF]

American Association for the Advancement of Science. African Scientific Societies and Associations
A Directory with national societies, regional and Pan African societies and African Scientific Societies by Discipline.

American Museum of Natural History. Congo Expedition, May 1909-November 1915
"In 1909,...Herbert Lang and James Chapin set sail for the Belgian Congo....By the time they sailed home five and one-half years later, they had collected tons of precious zoological and anthropological specimens..."

  • An introductory, multimedia slide show.
  • Diaries of James Chapin ("At age 19, in 1909, James Chapin left New York for northeastern Congo where he served as Herbert Lang's assistant for the next five years. Chapin was interested in many aspects of Africa's natural history. Birds, however, were his passion, a fact borne out by these diaries.")
  • Biographies of James Paul Chapin and Herbert Lang, photographs (villages, primates), the watercolors of James Chapin including Congo mural paintings, birds, fish, reptiles, mammels,
  • Excerpts from "African Reflections: Art from Northeastern Zaire," by Enid Schildkrout and Curtis A. Keim (AMNH and University of Washington Press, 1990) including their photographs of Congo musical instruments.
  • Excerpts from "King Leopold's Ghost" by Adam Hochschild (Houghton Mifflin Company, 1998).
  • "160 publications including 120 American Museum of Natural History publications based on the material collected by the 1909-1915 Congo Expedition, 12 British Museum publications by Barry Bolton on Congo ants, 11 publications on African ants by the South African Museum and affiliated organizations, and 17 Congo-related World Conservation Union (IUCN) publications."
  • A central African map with layers. Select which features will appear on the map: lakes, cities, roads, railroads, forest, mammals, birds, reptiles, fish, etc., a map of Chapin and Lang's travels
  • Historic maps reflecting the "development of European knowledge of African geography from 1562 through 1940." Reproduced with permission of the New York Public Library and the British Library.
  • Audio (requires sound card, headset or speakers) and video clips of the Belgian Congo Records made by the "adventurer and filmmaker Armand Denis during his 1934-35 cross-Africa expedition. They were among the first recordings made of the sounds of the central Congo. The Babiara people, whose songs may be heard..... are one of the four main tribal groups who occupy the Ituri Forest." The video clip shows a traditional Mangbetu dance.
  • A database on specimens collected by the American Museum Congo Expedition.
  • A bibliographic essay on sources by Paula Willey, specially prepared bibliographies on Congo Conservation (314 citations), Description & Travel (1218 citations), Maps & Atlases (220 citations).
  • Newspaper Headlines, 1880-1916 about the Congo from the New York Times and the New York Herald. [KF]

Newsletter of the African Mathematical Union's Comission on the History of Mathematics in Africa. The newsletter includes bibliographies, book reviews, web sites, meetings, research reports, addresses of scholars. Part of Mathematicians of the African Diaspora. Both sites are maintained by Professor Scott W. Williams, Mathematics Dept., State Univ. of New York at Buffalo. [KF]

The Ants of West Africa
Covers "Geography & History; Ant Mosaics; Economic Importance of Ants; Biodiversity and Niches; and, Taxonomy" with chapters on Cameroon, Cote d'Ivoire, Ghana, and Nigeria.  Discusses their role in cocoa plant disease. Has bibliographies, maps, illustrations, tables. By Brian Taylor, Visiting Academic, Department of Life Science, University of Nottingham (UK). In association with Dr. Francis S. Gilbert.   [KF]

Bergman, Albert - "On board the "Pensacola". The eclipse expedition to the west coast of Africa" (New York : s.n., 1890)
Short excerpt from an 1890 book on a U.S. expedition to observe the solar eclipse. "Starting in the mid-nineteenth century, the colonial powers of Europe and the United States sent expeditions all over the globe to observe solar eclipses. From San Francisco's Exploratorium, "a museum of science, art, and human perception founded in 1969 by physicist Frank Oppenheimer."

Bioline International
"Access to the full text and graphics of all material on the Bioline International website is now free of charge." Titles include African Crop Science Journal (Uganda), African Journal of Biotechnology, African Journal of Food and Nutritional Security, the African Journal of Neurological Sicences (Kenya), African Population Studies, Journal of Food Technology in Africa, Ichthyological Bulletin, and others. Search across all journals for articles.

Boahen, Kwabena A.
Stanford Associate Professor of Bioengineering, Kwabena A. Boahen, is a winner of the 2006 National Institutes of Health Director's Pioneer Award (NDPA). The NDPA is designed to support individual scientists of exceptional creativity who propose pioneering approaches to major challenges in biomedical research. See also the Sept. 27, 2006 Stanford announcement. Stanford Report, March 20, 2006 has an article describing his work. Brains in Silicon is the lab site. and and

Breeds of African Origin - Oklahoma State University, Department of Animal Science
Describes cattle, goats, horses, sheep, swine of African origin, for ex., the N'dama cattle from West Africa which, through the centuries, "developed a resistance to trypanosomiasis or sleeping sickness spread by the tse-tse fly, which is fatal to most other breeds of cattle." Includes references, photographs. Part of their Breeds of Livestock site.

Bulletin of the Chemical Society of Ethiopia (Addis Ababa, Ethiopia)
Biannual journal. The Chemical Society of Ethiopia was founded in 1983. Full text only available through payment for an article or annual subscription.

Cameroon Academy of Sciences. Journal (Buea, Cameroon)
"...a multi-disciplinary publication devoted to all aspects of fundamental and applied research.... publishes topical reviews on science and technology in development, arts, humanities and culture." Abstracts on-line. Full text articles are $16.00 (for high income countries); pay by credit card.

Chemistry in Africa
Devoted to chemists and chemistry institutions in Africa. Links to chemistry /biochemistry departments, chemical societies, African chemistry journals, research organizations, etc. Maintained by G. Moges.

The Cichlid Fishes of Lake Malawi
Contains a FAQ on cichlids, hundreds of photographs, bibliography, checklists. Includes photos of Lake Malawi taken from the space shuttle, Columbia's flight October 1995. Maintained by Dr. Michael K. Oliver.

CODESRIA - Database of African Scientists
"The data base is available on CD-ROM online and will soon be accessible online." Contents are the research interests of African social science researchers. CODESRIA is based in Dakar, Senegal. [KF]

Conseil Africain et Malgache de l'Enseignement Supérieur, CAMES. Bibliotheque numerique de CAMES
In French. Database of theses and dissertations of the universities and research centers promoted within CAMES - Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic Congo Côte d'Ivoire, Gabon, Guinea; Guinea Bissau, Equatorial Guinea, Madagascar, Mali, Niger, Rwanda, Chad, Senegal, Togo. Based in Ougadougou, Burkina Faso. [KF]
Theses et Memoires - Full text. Documents take a long time to load. Covers humanities, sciences, law, social sciences. A selection from Francophone African universities, France, U.S. Germany, etc.
Theses - Moissonnage - Citations only. Covers the sciences (biology, medicine, biochemistry, geology, agronomy, pharmacology and traditional medicine, dentisty, etc. From Francophone African universities, France.

Council for Geoscience (Pretoria, South Africa)
" organization established by Act of Parliament with a responsibilty to acquire and store geoscience information on South Africa..." "the legal successor of the Geological Survey of South Africa." Has free geological-related software, the table of contents/abstracts of Africa Geoscience Review, the table of contents of the now ceased Palæontological Memoirs, a searchable online library catalog, etc. Promotes Manifold software for 3D data analysis, the Manifold System Release software to create maps using GIS. Other free software: SADC Bibliographic database, SADC Map database. [KF]

Crocodile Specialist Group (CSG)
Concerned with the conservation of alligators, crocodiles, caimans, and gharials in the wild, their use as bushmeat. Their Newsletter has articles on crocodiles in Nigeria, Ghana, South Africa, Togo, Uganda, Tanzania, Congo (Brazzaville), Zambia, Ethiopia, Zimbabwe, Madagascar, etc. Based at the Florida Museum of Natural History, Gainesville, Florida. [KF]

Debas, Haile T.
Professor of Surgery, U.C. (San Francisco, Medical School). Former Chancellor, University of California Medical School (San Francisco). From Eritrea.
Use the UCSF Search for further articles.

Diarra, Cheick Modibo
UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador, former technical manager for the Mars Exploration Directorate, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, NASA, Pasadena, California. UNESCO Biography. See also: P. B. Esposito, W. G. Bollman, L. A. Cangahuala, S. Demcak, C. Diarra, A. Halsell, E. Graat, M. D. Johnston, R. Mase and D. Roth, Navigating Mars Observer: Launch Through Encounter and Response to Spacecraft's Pre-Encounter Anomaly, Cocoa Beach, Florida, USA, 14-16 February, 1994. 14 pp. In Adobe PDF format.

Dinosaur Species in Niger
CNN report on the 1998 discovery of a new dinosaur species in Niger.

Discovery and Innovation (Nairobi)
"...journal of the African Academy of Sciences (AAS) and the Third World Academy of Sciences (TWAS)." Has tables of contents. Libraries outside Africa pay $90.
See also:

Earth & Sky
Earth & Sky is a daily radio program on science topics. Includes short pieces on Africa's climate 1 million years ago, the largest meat-eating dinosaur found in Africa, the ancestors of modern humans traced back to Africa, Nobel Peace Prize winner Wangari Maathai. Provides citations to related books and articles. Sponsored by the National Science Foundation and the Natl Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration. The program can be heard in the US and on Voice of America.

"...about the history, science, and observation of all types of eclipses." Facts about forthcoming and past lunar and solar eclipses including those in Africa.

Eclipse 2001 - 2002

Emeagwali, Philip - 1989 Gordon Bell Prize
Articles, interviews by and about Dr. Emeagwali, Nigerian computer scientist/engineer, who won the 1989 Gordon Bell Prize in computer science. "The Gordon Bell Prize competition recognizes outstanding achievements in the application of parallel processing to practical scientific and engineering problems" -

L'état des sciences en Afrique - par Roland Waast et Jacques Gaillard
In French. "Les résultats d'une étude réalisée de 1999 à 2001 par l'UR Savoirs et développement. Synthése, et rapports détaillés sur 12 pays." Full text report. Covers South Africa, Burkina Faso, Cameroun, Cote d'Ivoire, Egypt, Madagascar, Marocco, Mozambique, Nigeria. From the l'Institut de recherche pour le développement (formerly ORSTOM), a French government sicence and technology research organization. [KF]

Ethnomathematics - Jama Musse Jama
Jama provides information on mathematics in Somalia and on ethnomathematics - "the mathematical practices of identifiable cultural groups...sometimes used specifically for small-scale indigenous societies, but in its broadest sense the 'ethno' prefix can refer to any group -- national societies, labor communities, religious traditions, professional classes,..." Jama is with the Dept. of Mathematics, University of Pisa, Italy.

European Commission. European Digital Archive of Soil Maps of the World
Online collection of soil maps from Africa (over 2000 maps), Asia, North America, Latin America and the Caribbean, and Europe (EuDASM). "Maps are presented full-scale, with thumbnail pictures and metadata for easy navigation. From the EU Joint Research Centre and ISRIC - World Soil Information.

Florida Geographic Alliance - Africa 6th
Lesson Plans From the 1992 Geography Academy for Teachers. "Florida Geographic Alliance is a professional organization affiliated with the National Geographic Society...and housed at the Florida State University....It is comprised of Primary, Secondary, Community College, and University Geography Educators,...." Lessons plans for studying African topics.

Gender, Science and Technology Gateway
From the UN Commission on Science and Technology for Development, Gender Advisory Board. "resources, organizations and programming around the Gender dimensions of Science and Technology for social development and policy." Topics covered for Africa are: Education | Careers | Needs of society | Local knowledge systems | Ethics and biotechnology | S&T decision making | Sex-disaggregated data | Resources. Its Regional office for Africa is in Kampala.

Gerdes, Paulus - Basketry, Geometry, and Symmetry in Africa and the Americas
Special e-book issue of the journal, Visual Mathematics. "The book deals with the geometry and symmetries of designs and patterns created by mat and basket weavers in several African and American cultures. The type of basketry discussed is twill basketry" Countries involved are Mozambique, the DRC (Congo), and Angola. Includes a bibliographpy. [KF]

L'Herbier du Senegal (Dakar)
L'herbier de l'ORSTOM est l'un des 4 herbiers de r?f?rence du S?n?gal, avec celui de l'IFAN, du LNERV de l'ISRA et du D?partement Biologie V?g?tale de l'UCAD.....Constitu? entre 1974 et 1995, il compte plus de 1000 r?f?rences essentiellement consacr?es ? la flore sah?lienne. La collection est conserv?e au Laboratoire d'?cologie v?g?tale de Hann o? elle est consultable."

Holder, M. K.- Primate Handedness and Brain Lateralization Research Site
Includes her East African Primate Research Sites with photographs, audio files, information acquired during the course of field research in Rwanda, Uganda, and Congo (former Zaire). Holder is an anthropologist with the Center for the Integrative Study of Animal Behavior (CISAB), Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana.

Indilinga African Journal of Indigenous Knowledge Systems (Pietermaritzburg, South Africa)
Published by New Dawn Publishers, Pietermaritzburg. Full text abstracts free. Full text articles require subscription. Libraries pay $30 for 2 issues per year. See also the African Journals Online site.

The National Museum of  Namibia's Biodiversity Inventory Programme (1999) was a community self-help exercise which enabled Namibian schools to obtain computer equipment, skills and Internet access in exchange for community services. "92 kids from 16 schools.... managed to computerize 20, 897 insect inventory records comprising 11 data fields (catalogue number, order, family, genus, species, collection locality, collector, no. of specimens and day, month year) representing 97, 696 specimens in the National Museum's insect collection.

Insect Science and Its Application: The International Journal of Tropical Insect Science (Nairobi: International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE)
Has abstracts of articles, a keyword search covering articles. Concerns research on plant pest management, disease vectors management, insect biodiversity and conservation. [KF]

Institut de recherche pour le développement (Paris)
In French. "L'IRD est un ?tablissement public ? caract?re scientifique et technologique, plac? sous la tutelle des [French] ministres charg?s de la Recherche et de la Coop?ration. Depuis cinquante ans [formerly ORSTOM], il conduit des recherches sur les milieux intertropicaux." Has offices in Africa. Has a journal citation database, HORIZON, photo images in their INDIGO database, a database of the map library holdings (maps from the early 1900s), database of mosquito viruses, a database of fish, the Observatoire de la P?che dans le Delta Int?rieur du Niger (Mali).

Institut Industriel de l'Afrique de l'Ouest, IIAO / West African Industrial Institute
In French and English. A non-profit institute providing industrial training for companies in Cote d'Ivoire and Africa. "has ...trained more than 10 000 engineers and technicians since its creation." Offers meeting/conference facilities, testing/inspection/chemical analysis, fire fighting training. Located at Grand-Bassam, Cote d'Ivoire.

International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE)
Research programs on plant pest management, disease vectors management, insect biodiversity and conservation. Has full text annual reports, a checklist of Afrotropical insects, a bibliography of systematics and ecology of Afrotropical insects, Africa Remote Sensing Data Bank (weather, climate data), etc. Publishes the journal, Insect Science and Its Application. Based in Nairobi, Kenya.
Invasive Species in Eastern Africa, 1999. Has full text reports from the workshop which explored the current status of invasive species in the region (Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Mauritius).

International Conference on the Role of Science and Technology in Development
Held Dec. 7-11, 1998 at the Universtiy of Malawi.

International Foundation for Science
In English and French. "an NGO providing support to [young, 40 and under] developing country scientists to conduct, in a developing country, relevant and high quality research on the management, use, and conservation of biological resources and their environment." "It has awarded over 2,000 grants in 100 countries since 1974." Research areas are Aquatic Resources, Animal Production, Crop Science, Forestry/Agroforestry, Food Science, Natural Products. Has a directory of grantees, their institution, e-mail and research project. Based in Stockholm, Sweden.

International Institute of Tropical Agriculture
The IITA was "founded in 1967 as an international agricultural research institute with a mandate for specific food crops, and with ecological and regional responsibilities to develop sustainable production systems in Africa." It works " partnership with African national agricultural research systems particularly on maize, cassava, cowpea, plantain, soybean, and yam."  It also seeks to "improve the conservation and utilization of plant biodiversity to contribute in a sustainable manner to food security in sub-Saharan Africa."

International Society of African Scientists
Is a "non-profit organization founded in 1982 to promote the advancement of science and technology among peoples of African descent...The current membership represents a wide range of nationalities from Africa, the Caribbean and the Americas. Membership is open to all who share the goals of the Society."  Has the abstracts of its 1998 conference, "Biotechnology & Biodiversity - a challenge for the development of agricultural, bio-medical & pharmaceutical sectors in Africa and the Caribbean."Based in Wilmington, Delaware.

Journal of Applied Science in Southern Africa (Harare)
Published by University of Zimbabwe Publications. Has the table of contents. Began publication with Vol. 1, no. 1 (1995). Copies of articles may be ordered from International Network for the Availability of Scientific Publications (INASP). Some U.S. and South African libraries subscribe.

Journal of Applied Sciences & Environmental Management (Port Harcourt, Nigeria)
Full text articles are on-line. "research findings and occasional interpretative reviews on the toxic effects in plants, animals or humans of natural or synthetic chemical occurring in the human environment." Based at the Department of Pure and Industrial Chemistry, University of Port Harcourt, Nigeria.

Journal of Raw Materials Research (Abuja, Nigeria)
Published by the Raw Materials Research and Development Council, "an agency of the Federal Government of Nigeria vested with the mandate to promote the development and utilization of Nigeria’s industrial raw materials." Abstracts are on-line.

Kyoto University. Center for African Area Studies (CAAS). AFlora on the Web
"...database of traditional plant utilization in Africa. Created by AFlora Committee, since 1998." Information on use of the plants for food and medicine, for ritual and other spiritual purposes and use in the oral tradition of songs and proverbs. Data comes from Kenya, Congo, Botswana. "... more than 10,000 records of useful plants in Africa are stored in terms of usage, vernacular name, ritual meanings, etc. There is also a collection of African insects and plant specimens available to researchers."

Laboratoires Vision
In French. "Laboratoires Vision + vous fournit des verres ophtalmiques de qualité et à des prix défiant toute concurrence." Optician professionals can order online. Based in Cotonou, Benin.

Licensing Digital Information. Developing Nations Initiatives
Information about programs designated to bring high quality, peer-reviewed sciences journals for free or very cheaply to developing nations. Examples: the Soros Initiative brings free or low-cost access to hundreds of electronic science and technology journals to readers in economically disadvantaged countries; Highwire Press offers free online access to all countries that appear in the World Bank's list of 'low income economies,' plus Djibouti; the World Health Organization and science publishers (Blackwell, Elsevier Science, Harcourt Worldwide STM Group, Springer Verlag, John Wiley, and Wolters Kluwer International) provide free or nearly free access to a number of the world's peer-reviewed, biomedical research journals. Part of the Licensing Digital Information site, hosted by Yale University Library.

LinkedIn - Science and Engineers for the Progress of Africa, SEPA
A group on LinkedIn. "A forum for scientists and engineers interested in improving the quality of life in Africa ...... The mission..... is to promote the advancement of science and engineering through education, collaboration and investment, crowdsource African problems and be a major think tank that contributes in shaping the future of Africa. Our objectives are to help formulate, implement and support future projects; help secure funding for projects, help provide technical support for grant and proposal writing and participate in the peer review of scientific work." The owner is Saikou Diallo.

Lucan Ocean. Photographies sous-marines de la faune des récifs coralliens... / Underwater Pictures of tropical reef fishes...
Underwater photographs of tropical reef fishes from the Indian Ocean. See amazing sea creatures. Maintained by D. Lucan. [KF]

Malagasy/Indo-australo-malesian Phytogeographic Connections
Technical paper on the geographical distribution of Malagasy plants by George Schatz of the Missouri Botanical Garden. (Paper to be pub. 1996 in W.R. Louren?o (ed.), Biogeography of Madagascar. Editions ORSTOM, Paris.)

Malawi Point
In German and English. Site about raising Cichlids (fish) from Lake Malawi in aquariums, with many photographs. Aquarium design, feeding, water chemistry, lighting, heating, plants, etc. Maintained by Werner Hieber.

Medical Archives of Mengo Hospital, Uganda, housed at the Makerere University College of Health Sciences Albert Cook Library
300 volumes of hand-written medical notes, dating from 1897-1944. patients’ names have been removed. or

Mozambique. Ministério da Ciência e Tecnologia
In Portuguese. News, full text documents online.

Mus?e royal de l'Afrique centrale/Royal Museum for Central Africa
Site of the well-known museum in Tervuren, Belgium.  Information on programs, exhibitions, publications, their Metafro InfoSys, "an on-line Web-based information system about the Belgian data resources related to Central Africa, including Angola, Burundi and Rwanda."

Museums Online South Africa
Database directory of museums and related organisations, by South African Province. Includes science and some art museums.

National Museum of Namibia
Information on caves in Namibia, insect and other pests in Namibia (including a historical overview), the National Insect Collection, the Bird Dept., their journal Cimbebasia, a list of publications from the Archaeology Laboratory, etc. Describes an exhibition, Return of the Moon, of modern San / Bushman paintings and rock engravings with suggested readings.Also hosts the SAFRINET - BIONET web site (technical co-operation network between countries of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) to promote and sustain realistic self-reliance in biosystematic services, particularly for invertebrates and other micro-organisms.) [KF]

National Museums of Kenya
Contents include:the various Galleries (mammal, space, bird, geology, fish/reptile, Lamu, ethnography, contemporary art, prehistory, botanical, family life education/family planning), information on the Kenya Museum Society, Regional Museums such as the Karen Blixen Museum, the East African Natural History Society,  the Research Departments (archaeology, Centre for Biodiversity, Institute for Primate Research, the Research Programme on...Dryland Biodiversity, etc.) [KF]

National Research Foundation (formerly Foundation for Research Development)
NRF, funded by the South African government, promotes and supports basic and applied research in South Africa. Has a Register of Grants Database listing grants awarded by the NRF and a discussion group, Envirotalk on issues relevant to the natural environment and research. Based in Pretoria, South Africa.

Nigerian Academy of Science
The NAS is an NGO inaugurated 8th of January 1977. Has a directory of Fellows, communiques, members list, publications list, award of prizes, etc.

Nigerian Journal of Horticultural Science (Ibadan)
Journal of the Horticultural Society of Nigeria (HORTSON) established in 1977 for the promotion of Horticultural Science in Nigeria. Based at the University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria. Has the table of contents and abstracts. Copies of articles may be ordered from International Network for the Availability of Scientific Publications (INASP).

Nigerian Society of Engineers, Port Harcourt Branch
Official site of the Nigerian Engineers professional body located in Port Harcourt, Nigeria. Has the Society's history, directory of Fellows, etc.

ORSTOM -  L'Institut fran?ais de recherche scientifique pour le d?veloppement en coop?ration
Well-known French research institute in entomology, geology, hydrology, hydrobiology, oceanography, epidemiology, ethnobotany, foresty, parasitology, phytogeography, zoology, etc. Retrieve citations to journal articles, chapters in monographs, reports published by ORSTOM researchers from 1944 to date. Subjects covered are: Earth Sciences, Human Health, Oceanography and Hydrobiology, Economics & Social Sciences, Animal & Plant Biology, Fundamental Sciences & Techniques, Engineering & Information Sciences, Most publications are in French. Has abstracts for citations.

Pankhurst, Richard - Ethiopian History
Articles by Dr. Pankhurst originally published in the newspaper, Addis Tribune. Topics include traditional medicine and surgery, medical history.

Precolonial Metalworking in Africa: a Bibliography - D.E. Miller & T. Maggs
Citations to books and journal articles. Maintained and updated by Dr Duncan Miller, Department of Archaeology, University of Cape Town.

"The Mission of PROMETRA International is to promote and protect traditional medicine and indigenous science." Operates CEMETRA, a medical research and treatment complex. Has study tours to Benin and Togo. Visit to the Door of Return Museum in Benin (for the victims of slavery). National chapters in Africa and the U.S. Based in Dakar, Senegal. [KF]

Revue pharmacopée et médecine traditionnelle africaines (Journal of Traditional African Pharmacopeia and Medicine)
In French. "database contains all the articles in the journal .....These articles are the papers presented by experts at various conferences on the CAM and traditional medicine pharmacopoeia Africa since the beginning of the program in 1974 to 2006." Browse articles.

Rivers State University of Science and Technology (Port Harcourt)
"...the first technological University in Nigeria was established in 1980 from the Rivers State College of Science & Technology, established in 1972." "it is the only University in Nigeria that offers a degree in Marine Engineering, the only one with an Institute of Pollution Studies, the only one with an Institute of Geosciences & Space Technology and the only one with a Centre for Niger Delta Studies." Information on Faculty / Deans, press releases, photos of university events, the library, international cooperation, etc.

Science / health news and articles, opinion pieces (from print sources) on Sub-Saharan Africa. "sponsored by Nature and Science in association with the Third World Academy of Sciences. It is published with the financial support of the UK Department for International Development, the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, and the International Development Research Centre in Ottawa, Canada."

Science in Africa
Popular science e-journal with full text articles. Lists conferences, funding sources. Based in Grahamstown, South Africa. [KF]
Articles in the first issue, January 2000 - Construction begins on SALT: South African Large Telescope, African cattle with natural resistance to trypanosomiasis, coelacanth find off the Kwazulu Natal coast, Sunsat: Africa's first Satellite, the biopesticide, called Green Muscle, provides a safe, natural alternative to chemical insecticides, polluting streams with alien fish species threatens aquatic biodiversity, genetically modified foods for Africa?, the state of South African penguins.

Science World Journal (Kaduna, Nigeria)
Published by Kaduna State University, Nigeria, Faculty of Science. Peer-reviewed open access journal publishing "original research in the natural and physical sciences including applied disciplines of Biochemistry, Microbiology, Bioinformatics and Computer modeling." Abastracts and full text online. Uses the Open Journal Systems.

Scientific African
"...a registered non-profit organization aiming to disseminate scientific content from Africa and to represent the progress of science in Africa." Will set up the Scientific African Open Archive Server, an OAI* compliant on-line repository of order to collect and disseminate free scholarly material from Africa. Project coordinated by Dr. Henrik Bettermann, Faculty for the Studium fundamentale, University of Witten/Herdecke, Germany.

Shuttleworth Foundation (Durbanville, South Africa)
"...founded by South African entrepreneur Mark Shuttleworth (first African in space) in October 2000" to improve South African eduation focusing on mathematics, science and open source projects. "our focus is to encourage and promote an awareness of Linux and open source." "target beneficiaries for maths and science are Grades 4 to 9,..." Describes projects funded, how to apply for funding. [KF]

Shuttleworth, Mark - First African in Space
Shuttleworth, a 28 year old multimillionaire flies on the Russian Soyuz spacecraft to the International Space Station. A guide to the mission, to the experiments conducted by South African scientists, to Shuttleworth's diary and to stories of his team members. Shuttleworth works with HBD, a "venture capital company investing in innovative technology projects that are based in South Africa." His non profit, Shuttleworth Foundation promotes innovation in education and the Linux operating system. He is a board member of Bridges (Durbanville, South Africa), a non-profit organisationto help people in developing countries use information and communications technology (ICT) to improve their lives. [KF]

Society for the Advancement of Science in Africa
Based in Ontario, Canada.

South Africa. Department of Education. Eclipses in African History
Jeff Guy for the Ministerial History Project, April 2002. "On 4 December 2002 the northern regions of South Africa will experience a total solar eclipse. (For information on eclipses in general, and the coming eclipse see the FEST website"

South Africa Meteorite Crater, the Vredefort Dome - UNESCO World Heritage Site
The oldest and largest meteorite crater found on earth, the Vredefort Dome, in South Africa was added in 2005 to a list of protected World Heritage sites by the United Nations. 20 page Evaluation in PDF. See also BBC July 15, 2005 report. [KF]

South African Journal of Enology and Viticulture 
Open Access. Articles on Viticulture, Enology, Wine Biotechnology, Plant Biotechnology, Microbiology, Plant Pathology, Entomology and Soil Science.

South African Mathematical Society

South African Society of Animal Science (SASAS)
"Our mission is to advance animal science and promote viable animal production systems, while sustaining natural resources and the environment,..." Publishes the South African Journal of Animal Science. Site has full text articles from the Journal, in Adobe .pdf format. Has links to related sites, photographs. Based in Pretoria, South Africa.

Sunrise - Sunset Times in African Countries - GAISMA
"...sunrise, sunset, dawn and dusk times for the whole year" Also as a graph. Latitude, Longitude, Time zone. Maintained by Matti Tukiainen. Based in Finland.

Tanzania Commission for Science and Technology, COSTEC
"...the principal advisory organ of the Government on all matters relating to scientific research and technology development in the country." Provides research clearance for people doing research in Tanzania. "those seeking to conduct research in Zanzibar should contact the office of Chief Minister in Zanzibar, P. O Box 239 Zanzibar, Tanzania." Provides financial support for scientific activities.

Tanzanian Mammal Key
In English and Swahili. "a series of identification keys to the mammals of Tanzania. These keys should allow you to determine the identity of a skull or skin of most mammals found in Tanzania." Has a bibliography on the mammals of Tanzania and elsewhere in Africa, photographs and diagrams. On the site of the Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago, Illinois.

Third World Academy of Science, TWAS
Non profit international orgaization promoting scientific capacity in the South. It was founded in Italy in 1983 by scientists from the South under the leadership of the late Nobel laureate Abdus Salam of Pakistan. See a list of Fellows by field: Agricultural Sciences, Biology, Biochemistry and Biophysics, Chemistry, Engineering Sciences and Technologies, Earth Sciences, Mathematics, Medical Sciences, Physics and Astronomy, Social and Economic Sciences. Its Newsletter is on-line; Vol. 15, No. 3, 2003 has a tribute to the late Thomas Odhiambo. Based in Trieste, Italy.

Training and Resources in Research Ethics Evaluation for Africa, TRREE
" and capacity building initiative on the ethics of research involving humans conducted in Africa countries." Links to country programs on ethics research and to the Harvard Global Research Ethics Map which provides country guidelines for doing research. Free on-line ethics courses. Based in Switzerland.

Tropical Journal of Pharmaceutical Research (Benin City, Nigeria)
Official Journal of Pharmacotherpy Group. Published by the Pharmacotherapy Group, Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Benin, Benin City, Nigeria. Full text access by subscription only. "publishes articles and reviews in pharmaceutical sciences and related disciplines (including biotechnology, cell and molecular biology, medical and other life sciences, and related engineering fields." Abstracts and the table of contents are available on the African Journals Online site (International Network for the Availability of Scientific Publications, Oxford, U.K.)

Uganda National Academy of Science
Based in Kampala, Uganda.

Uganda National Council for Science and Technology (Kampala, Uganda)
"The UNCST was established in 1990 by Act of Parliament a semi-autonomous government agency to advise, develop, implement policies and strategies for integrating Science, Technology and Research development in Uganda." Administers Research Registration and Clearance. "All persons intending to carry out research in Uganda are required to register their research activities with the UNCST, and obtain UNCST approval of their activities." Has APPLICATION FORMS FOR RESEARCHERS WISHING TO CARRY OUT RESEARCH IN UGANDA AND TO USE GOVERNMENT ARCHIVES.

United Nations University - Priority Africa
Describes UNU training programs by the UNU Institute for Natural Resources in Africa and other UNU bodies, their Africa-related research projects in Development, Environment, Science and Technology, Peace and Governance. Publishes UNU Africa Research Observer. Has full text United Nations University Press books / reports online. The UNU is in Tokyo, Japan. [KF]
Examples of full text books are:

Volcanoes in Africa
Mainly photos of volcanoes in the Canary Islands, Cape Verde, Chad, the Comores, Ethiopia, Kenya, Reunion, Rwanda, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zaire. Some entries, (Cape Verde, Zaire for ex.), include some information on historical eruptions. Each entry has references to articles. One can search issues of the Bulletin of Volcanology by keyword. Located on the Volcano World site which is designed to distribute remote sensing data to non-technical users.
African volcanoes:
Volcano World:

[Zambia] National Institute for Scientific and Industrial Research, NISIR
A "Zambian Government-funded statutory research organisation.... undertakes research and development activities....including agriculture, natural resources and products, environment and water resources, minerals and industrial raw materials, peaceful application of nuclear science and technology, electrical and electronic power conditioning and protection, textile testing and services, information and communications technology and the information system."

Zimbabwe Science News (Harare)
Published by the Zimbabwe Scientific Association, from 1967 to date. Has the tables of contents and abstracts of article. Photocopies of articles can be ordered. Pay by check or money order. From International Network for the Availability of Scientific Publications (London). Association members also receive the Transactions of the Zimbabwe Scientific Association.

Zoological Society of Southern Africa
Has a journal, African Zoology, published by the Society and Isteg Scientific Publications (institutions pay $90.00); gives the table of contents. Has full text issues of their newsletter, Aardvark,, has an ethology group (research on animal behavior). Lists conferences, jobs, post-docs, etc. Headquarters are at Department of Zoology, University of the Witwatersrand, Wits. [KF]