The Bangladesh Academy of Science (BAS) was established in 1973 with the objectives to promote research in pure an applied science and their practical applications to problems of national welfare in Bangladesh; to disseminate scientific knowledge among people; to publish proceedings, journals, memoirs, transactions and other publications on scientific subjects; to hold conferences, symposia seminars, workshops, lectures etc on scientific topics of national and international importance either alone or in collaboration with local and international organizations and institutions; to establish and maintain scientific libraries, laboratories, museums and research institutions; to provide grants, scholarships and fellowships for approved scientific research and award prizes and medals for outstanding scientific work; to undertake such scientific work of national and international importance as the Academy may be called upon to perform by the public and by the government and to advise the government on scientific matters of national importance.
The Academy is the leading scientific organization of the scientists of eminence in Bangladesh and represents internationally the scientific community of the country. The Constitution of the Academy empowers it to obtain and administer funds, donations, endowments and grants for the promotion and development of science in Bangladesh and for the attainment of the aims and objectives of the Academy. The Academy acts as the adhering body of the International Council for Science (ICSU) and other similar International scientific organizations.The Academy has presently over 50 distinguished scientists of the country as its Fellows, a good number of reputed international scientists including Nobel Laureates as Foreign Fellows and distinguished Bangladeshi scientists settled abroad as expatriate Fellows. Since its inception, the Academy has been involved in programmes and activities related to important national issues and have maintainedÂ linkage with Academies of some other countries and international scientific organizations. Fellows of the Academy have been involved in formulation of the national science and technology policy, national biotechnology policy, national biosafety guidelines etc. The Academy has addressed important issues like science education; research and development, water resources utilization and conservation, arsenic contamination, environmental pollution etc. The Academy organized the first international seminar on biotechnology in 1986 and made strong recommendations to the government for strengthening biotechnology research and development.