Title: Scientific academies and scientific societies have come of age

Authors: Leo Wee Hin Tan, R. Subramaniam

Addresses: Singapore National Academy of Science, c/o Singapore Science Centre, 15 Science Centre Road, Singapore 609081; National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University, 1 Nanyang Walk, Singapore 637616. ' Singapore National Academy of Science, c/o Singapore Science Centre, 15 Science Centre Road, Singapore 609081; National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University, 1 Nanyang Walk, Singapore 637616

Abstract: Scientific academies and scientific societies can play a significant role in the promotion of science and technology among people. The experiences of these professional bodies in the developed world show that they wield a tremendous influence by virtue of their collective membership and autonomy. Their potential to raise the stature of science in developing countries has yet to be harnessed properly. A commentary on the various contributions featured in this Special Issue of the International Journal of Technology Management on Scientific Academies and Scientific Societies is presented here.

Keywords: scientific academies; scientific societies; science culture; science and technology; developing countries.

DOI: 10.1504/IJTM.2009.022671

International Journal of Technology Management, 2009 Vol.46 No.1/2, pp.1 - 8

Published online: 25 Jan 2009 *

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