Keywords: science and technology promotion, public understanding, scientific academies, scientific societies, SNAS, Singapore National Academy of Science
Role of scientific academies and scientific societies in promoting science and technology: experiences from Singapore
The example of the Singapore National Academy of Science (SNAS), as well as its constituent scientific societies, is used to illustrate the point that an 'invisible college cum voluntary cadre' model affords tremendous scope for jump-starting the formation of scientific academies and scientific societies. Over the years, this model of operation has been effective in establishing a diversified portfolio of programmes and activities in a cost-effective manner, and this has contributed significantly to the promotion of science and technology in Singapore, thus complementing/supplementing official efforts in this direction. Some lessons for developing countries based on the Singapore experience are suggested.