Geophysical Observatory of Addis Abeba University was established on
November 2, 1957, during the International Geophysical Year (IGY). Due
to its strategic location in close proximity with the Magnetic Equator
and the most active sector of the East African Rift System, the
observatory’s work in the fields of geomagnetism and seismology have
remained of central importance in the development of earth science in
these fields in the region.
contributions have been made to the knowledge of the Ethiopian
geophysical environment through the collaboration and support of
American and European research institutions.
the 50th year of its founding, the Observatory invites its friends and
collaborators to share in the anniversary celebrations during 1 to 4
November 2007 in Addis Abeba. One of the anniversary marking events
will be the hosting of an international scientific conference.
addition to being also the 50th anniversary of the IGY, 2007 is also
the International Heliophysical Year (IHY). Furthermore, for the
Observatory as an Ethiopian national institution, the occasion is
significant in that its anniversary falls during the period of
celebrations of the beginning of the Third Ethiopian Millennium.