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PROFESSOR HELUF GEBREKIDAN, IN MEMORIAM

Professor Heluf Gebrekidan who was inducted as Fellow of the Ethiopian Academy of Sciences (EAS) in January 2013, sadly and suddenly passed away on June 26, 2014 at the young age of 55.  In the presence of his family members and friends from the Haramaya University (HU) community, his funeral and burial service was completed at the Holy Selassie Church in Harar on June 28.

The late Professor Heluf received his BSc degree in Plant Sciences in 1980 and MSc in Soil Science in 1985 from the former Alemaya College of Agriculture, Addis Ababa University, now HU.  He obtained his PhD degree in Soil and Water Science from the University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona, USA in 1995.

Prof Heluf
For over two decades, Professor Heluf served Haramaya University (HU) with distinction in teaching, research and extension in the soils discipline climbing the academic ranks all the way from Assistant Lecturer to Professor.   In addition, he has served HU administratively  ranging from Dean of the College of Agriculture, Coordinator of the Plant Science Graduate Program, Leader of  Soil and Water Management Research, and Editor- in-Chief of the East African Journal of Science.  The major courses which Professor Heluf taught at HU were Advanced Soils and Plant Nutrition, Soil Chemistry, Management of Arid and Salt Affected Soils.  Among his most recent areas of research were Soil Fertility and Plant Nutrition, Combating Nutrient Depletion in the Ethiopian Highlands, and Soil Characterization and Classification.

As author or co-author, he has published over 30 scientific articles in the soils area in peer-reviewed Journals. 
His membership in Professional Associations included the Ethiopian Society of Soil Science (ESSS), the Ethiopian Association of Agricultural Professionals (EAAP), and the Association of Ethiopian Alumni of American Universities (AEAAU), among others.

During his years with HU, Professor Heluf has served as advisor or co-advisor of 73 MSc and 14 PhD graduate students.

The EAS recognizes that it has lost one of its youngest and promising Fellows and hereby extends its condolences to the family and friends of the late Professor Heluf Gebrekidan.

Public Lecture
Ethiopian Academy of Sciences (EAS) Cordially invites you to a Public Lecture entitled
‘ENVIRONMENT AND SOCIAL IMPACTS OF DAMS IN THE NILE BASIN’

Aswan High Dam 250px-MeroweDam01 Public lecture

Speaker: Eng. Gedion Asfaw
A lead delegate representing Ethiopia in the International Panel of Experts (IPoE) and
 Chairperson  of the National Panel of Experts (NPoE) for the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam Project.

Venue: Eshetu Chole Conference Hall (Faculty of Business and Economics)
 Addis Ababa University
Date: Thursday 12, June 2014
Time: 14:00 hrs

You are all invited!!
For further Information call us at 0112595745/50 or contact EAS at eas@eas-et.org


easASADI review team visited EAS. The InterAcademy Council (IAC) Panel visited Ethiopia during 31 March to 01 April 2014 to undertake an independent review of implementation and impacts of the African Science Academies Development Initiative (ASADI), which has been supporting establishment and strengthening of science academies in Africa for the last ten years.  The Panel conducted interviews with the leadership of EAS as well as various stakeholders and partners, including government officials to explore the status and impacts of the ASADI support extended to the Academy in the last three years. More..

ASADI Review Team Visited

easEthiopia’s Country Report on Scientific Equipment Policy Need. A national workshop begins today (03 April 2014) at the Headquarters of the Ethiopian Academy of Sciences to discuss the draft Ethiopian country study report on the development of scientific equipment policy in Africa. The study was initiated following the request by the International Foundation for Science (IFS) and the African Academy of Sciences to undertake pilot country studies in Africa subsequent to the preliminary discussions on the issue in Nairobi, Kenya in November 2013. Teams were set up in Ethiopia, Ghana and Kenya to carry out the IFA-AAS “Developing and Enabling Scientific Equipment Policy in Africa” project in their respective countries. See Press Release

Scientific Equipment Policy

easEAS Second General Assembly.

Report | Press Release

 

Second General Assembly

eas“One every two users die due to tobacco” study revealed. Tobacco is estimated to kill up to one of every two users. And it costs more than half a trillion dollars in economic damages annually. Without comprehensive tobacco prevention and control in policies, it is estimated that smoking prevalence in the African region will increase by 39% by 2030 a report revealed. Women not only are disproportionately affected by tobacco, but also are targets of covert messaging from tobacco industry that is designed to mainstream smoking behavior as an element of women’s empowerment and evolving social norms report highlights. See Press Release: English / Amharic.

 

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EAS in Brief

The Ethiopian Academy of Sciences is an autonomous, non-profit, non-governmental organization established in March 2010 by a group of prominent scholars who wish to promote the Sciences to flourish and bring about development, prosperity and improved health services for the people of Ethiopia.  The Academy aims to advance the development of all the sciences, including the natural sciences, mathematics, health sciences, agricultural sciences, engineering, social sciences and humanities, fine arts and letters. It plans to do this by providing evidence base and non-partial advise to the Ethiopian Government on matters related to science, technology and innovation, organizing conferences and workshops on significant national issues, awarding prizes in recognition of excellence and publishing reports, journals as well as other periodicals and books. The Academy closely works with the relevant government ministries, universities and other organizations in its effort to achieve its goals. Membership to the Academy falls into four categories, namely; Founding Fellows, Fellows, Associate Fellows and Honorary Fellows. The current Academy membership consists of 49 Founding Fellows who were selected based on a set of selection criteria that include recognition of their academic achievements, international stature and contributions at the national and international levels, including publications. In addition, their contribution for the growth of knowledge in Ethiopia has been assessed. Fellows, as well as Associate and Honorary Fellows are elected on an annual basis. All members serve the Academy on voluntary basis through working groups and other standing committees to be established as deemed necessary. Two Standing Committees for Finance and Public relations have already been established.

The major objectives of the academy include:

    • To advise the Government of Ethiopia on issues pertaining to the quality and relevance of the sciences, in particular on issues related to science education in Ethiopia;
    • To promote the advancement of basic and applied sciences and to enhance innovative technologies;
    • To promote, support and recognize excellence in scientific research achieved by Ethiopian scientists;
    • To promote contact among Ethiopian scientists, and between them and the world scientific community;
    • To enable women and other underprivileged and marginalized groups to participate in and benefit from scientific works and discoveries.

EAS has adopted a strategic plan (2011-2015) that forms the basis for its programs and activities for the coming five years. The core programs that EAS aims to achieve are the following:

    • Increasing and strengthening the visibility and relevance of EAS;
    • Providing consensus building platforms on critical national issues;
    • Promoting science, technology and innovation; Recognizing excellence; and
    • Building institutional capacity and sustainability of EAS.

Implementation of the strategic plan requires inputs from all fields of sciences. EAS has, therefore, established five discipline based working groups, also referred to as Sectoral Working Groups, in the fields of Agriculture; Engineering and Technology; Health; Natural Sciences; and Social Sciences/ Humanities. The tasks of the working groups include:

    • Identification of critical national issues for consensus building amongst all stakeholders;
    • Identification of potential Fellows, Associate Fellows and Honorary Fellows for induction into the Academy as per regulations set in the Statute of the Academy;
    • Formulation of criteria for recognizing excellence in science;
    • Identification of potential areas of interest and subsequent collaboration with other academies in the region and beyond;
    • Identification of specific strategies for the promotion of science, technology and innovation.

EAS has a secretariat responsible for the day-to-day operation of the Academy and the administration of the office. In addition, it maintains working relationships with all organizations that pursue objectives similar to those of the Academy. The office of the Academy is located around Gulele branch of Commercial Bank of Ethiopia at the old historic building of the late Blaten Geta Hiruy Wolde Selassie.

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