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Objectives and Functions

SONA is autonomous, African-wide, non-governmental, non-political and non-profit making scientific organization established by neuroscientists in Africa to pursue the objects and undertake the functions set out below:

  • Promote and foster the scientific activities of neuroscientists in Africa; and to stimulate and nurture the spirit of scientific research and technological innovation in order to serve the causes of socio-economic development and regional cooperation
  • Facilitate the role of neuroscientists in social and economic development and to promote the creation of an environment through which science and scientists can grow and thrive
  • Stimulate and facilitate interdisciplinary advanced training and research in the basic sciences of importance to neurosciences, within the continent and beyond
  • Encourage an effective and rational utilization of the available manpower in neurosciences, and to endevour to provide them with the necessary resources
  • Stimulate, design and coordinate regional interdisciplinary research in the neurosciences, and facilitate exchange of expertise among African countries and the international community at large
  • Help in developing and nurturing high-level manpower in neurosciences in Africa by identifying and rewarding talented neuroscientists through recognition of their merit and by promoting the growth of their research activities
  • To plan, convene and coordinate neuroscience training and exchange of information through workshops, seminars and conferences; and to foster growth of neurosciences by encouraging formation of national and/or regional societies of neuroscientists
  • Facilitate, coordinate and undertake publication and dissemination of neuroscience material and information in various media in order to foster utilization of the knowledge throughout the continent, and facilitate mutual contacts and exchange of ideas between neuroscientists in Africa and beyond
  • Promote the procurement and exchange of research bibliographic material relevant for use by neuroscientists
  • Help in the procurement and maintenance of equipment relevant to research in the neurosciences, and to facilitate maximum utilization of such equipment
  • Enter into relations with Member states of Organization of African Unity (OAU) and in particular their national Academies of Sciences and/or Research Councils,    inter-university    organizations,   inter-governmental    and non-governmental organizations and research institutes in Africa in order to promote multidisciplinary scientific research relevant to neurosciences
  • Maintain relations with UNESCO and its agencies and with other international, inter-governmental or non-governmental organizations as well as other global neuroscience societies
  • Establish a Fellowship programme intended to stimulate and facilitate Pan African and international interdisciplinary advanced training and research in the neurosciences
  • Organize scientific meetings or conferences of the Society preferably every three years
  • To maintain a directory of neuroscientists in Africa and their research activities
  • To undertake such other activities relevant to neurosciences as the Society shall from time to time decide


2017 ISM Codes for SONA
SONA Newsletter July 20
SFN Meeting 2016
sona2017 Call for Sympo
sona 2017
12th International Conf

12th International Conference on Brain Energy Metabolism (ICBEM)"Energy Metabolism and Neuron-Glia Interactions in Brain: from Molecular Mechanisms to Novel Therapeutic Approaches”

IBRO/ARC Busaries 2016
SONA Newsletter Vol 2 I
Letter IBRO-ARC plans

A letter from Sten Grillner, IBRO Secretary General, and Pierre Luabeya, IBRO Africa Regional Committee Chair, regarding IBRO-ARC 2016. The letter provides information regarding the IBRO-ARC plans for training in neuroscience and support in development of African Neuroscience.

Scholarships and Financ

Scholarships, grants, bursaries, fellowships, financial awards, loans and many support options for international students who wish to study on a UK course



IBRO ARC Event Funding
SONA Newsletter Vol 2 i
Call for hosting next S
The University of Cape

The University of Cape Town is now offering a sub-specialty in Addiction Psychiatry. This is a 2 year program, open to psychiatrists and clinical psychologists, of which at least one year should be spent on site on Cape Town. See:

SONA Newsletter Vol 1,

Recent and Upcoming Neuroscience Events in Africa