International Working Group
Call for Discussion][Responses]
For several years
we have hoped for the establishment of Ethiopian
academy of science. Thanks to a few dedicated Ethiopian scholars EAS
may become a reality very soon. The propomets of EAS are planning to
conduct a major conference in Ethioipa in about a year, and they are
expecting a huge turn out from Ethioipan scholars, students and
academics from all over the world. They seek your support and input
It is proposed that
"The major role of
the Academy will be to assist in building a
knowledge-based society, fostering adaptation of new knowledge for
economic growth and improvement of the quality of life in Ethiopia and
enhancing public appreciation of science and scientific methods of
thought. It would also serve as a channel of communication and dialogue
between the government and the scientific community on matters that
affect the various disciplines. The establishment of an Ethiopian
Academy of Sciences (EAS) will further facilitate international
cooperation, in particular with sister academies worldwide and ICSU
(International Council of Scientific Unions). Likewise it will liaise
strongly with TWAS (the Third World Academy of Sciences), the African
Academy of Science (AAS) and several regional Academies."
We would like to
intitiate discussion on the topic. For exmaple
1) What is your
ideal "Ethioipan Academy of Sciences" ?
2) Can such academy
exist in the current state of education in Ethiopia
3) How best can we
engage high caliber Ethioipans in this endeavor ?
4) Is the role of
EAS clearly articulated in the proposal ?
5) How best can EAS
be funded ?
6) Can it exist
without the support of the central government ?