Morocco, Hassan II Academy for Science and Technology

The Hassan II Academy of Science and Technology is an ICSU member since 1981.

The Hassan II Academy of Science and Technology is a place of high thinking, where men and women whose talent, enlightenment and wisdom have earned them a prominent standing within the international scientific community work to foster moral serenity in society and to achieve the material prosperity of the nation, as well as its intellectual advancement by pondering on how to provide mankind with enlightenment and guidance in its effort to usher in a new era.

Placed under the guardian protection of His Majesty the King Mohammed VI, the Hassan II Academy of Science and Technology has the mission of promoting and developing scientific and technical research, contributing to setting the general orientations for scientific and technological development, making pertinent recommendations regarding national priorities in terms of research, evaluating research programs and ensuring their grants and contributing to integrating the Moroccan scientific and technical research activities within the national and international socio-economical environments.

The academy is composed of 90 members. 30 of them are national members holding resident status, 30 are foreign scientists and are qualified as associates and 30 are corresponding members composed of both national and foreign scientific personalities.

The Academy includes six scientific colleges: Life science; Science and techniques of the environment, earth and sea; Physics and chemistry; Modelling and science of information; Engineering, transfer and technological innovation; Strategic studies, development and economics.

The Academy organizes one plenary session a year, where the general public may be admitted upon invitation. The plenary session should also gather together the maximum number possible of its members, residents, associates and corresponding members. It provides a unique national tribune for local scientists to present their work and their scientific and technical findings. Ordinary sessions are also held among the resident members for studying various problems related to the national priorities in terms of research and technology and discuss and evaluate the submitted reports and projects.