- Facilitate effective
partnerships for research and education in space science
- Support improvement
of informal space and earth science education
- Support the development
of a network for space science and technology education and research.
This will include a database enabling collaborations among
members of the Ethiopian space science community and their
- Pave the way for the
establishment of the Ethiopian Educational, Scientific and Cultural
If you wish to participate in the activities of Ethiopia
Space Science Working or provide comments regarding the shape and
structure Space Science Education and Research at in Ethiopia
Abebe Kebede (gutaye @ncat.edu
Ethiopian Forum for Space and Earth Science
Currently there exists the Ethiopian Space Society that caters to
the faculty members, students and professionals in the field. The
members of the society represent a reasonable crossection of faculty,
space professionals and members of institutions of higer
The Ethiopian Space Working Group is a logical extention of
this activity. The functions of the group will include
egnagement professional socieites and representatives of federal
agencies to disucss effective ways to produce the environment where
space science will take root.
THE ETHIOPIAN SPACE SCIENCE SOCIETY
The Ethiopian Space Science Society (ESSS) was
established on 18 June 2004 under the 1960 Ethiopian Civil Code,
Article 404 and on Associations Registration, Legal Notice No.
321/1966. The main objective of the Society is the dissemination of
basic space science education in Ethiopian schools and the development
of scientific culture in the public sector that comes along with it.
ESSS, whose head office is in Addis Ababa, has a large number of
registered members some of whom go to the extent of donating large sums
of money and small backyard telescopes. The one you see in the picture
below is one of the small telescopes recently acquired by the society
from one of
its members. Enthusiastic graduate students are in the process of
putting its parts together for a night time viewing session.
Members of the Ethiopian Space Science Society
The ESSS also supports local space science studies and
related technological progress by way of monetary aid and prizes. Just
recently the society has donated a 40 square kilometre piece of land to
Addis Ababa University (AAU) for the construction of the dome for the
0.45 metre fully automated telescope it hopes to get from the Japanese
Government. The application from the Astrophysics group at AAU for the
small reflector under the Japanese Cultural
Aid Program is pending.
Legesse W Kebede