The Islamic World Academy of Sciences (IAS) is an international scientific organization that was founded by the heads of state of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in 1986 to assist countries to realize socio-economic advancement through the prudent use of science and technology. Based in Amman (Jordan) and fully supported by the government of Jordan, it is also an advisory body on scientific matters that has been designated as the voice of science in the OIC.