Science Sector supports the development of a knowledge society building. Its activities range from supporting the development of a National Science and Technology Policy, the conduct of S&T and Innovation surveys, the establishment of Biosphere Reserves (BRs), the development of a first draft MaB Strategy, the establishment of the Ethiopian Academy of Sciences and training of Science journalists. Environmental conservation and sustainable development are also a focus of the sector through water resources policy at a decentralized level and management. Finally, the sector will work on building the capacity of the country to mitigate water related disasters (drought and floods) especially as the frequency and extent of these extremes will grow due to climatic variability.
UNESCO Liaison Office facilitated the IEEE-AU Meeting
The UNESCO Liaison Office Addis Ababa facilitated the meeting for IEEE (The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) with the African Union to develop a better understanding of how the IEEE can assist in expanding engineering capacity within the continent.
The IEEE is the world's largest engineering professional society, with 430,000 members in over 160 countries. There are 8000 members in Africa. The delegation was lead by IEEE president Prof. Peter W. Staecker.
The formal partnership between IEEE and UNESCO was established through signing the MoU in 2012 to develop joint projects on engineering education in Africa.
Climate Change on Groundwater Resources
UNESCO Addis Ababa and Nairobi Office,in collaboration with the Ministry of Water and Energy, have conducted a set of four research studies linked to Groundwater and Climate Change adaptation in Ethiopia.A review and validation meeting was organized in Addis Ababa March 12 to discuss the four studies (focused on indigenous technologies,impact of climate change of groundwater resources,drought impact assessment, and policy gaps related to groundwater for emergency situations)which were funded by the Japanese Government.Studies are available upon request from UNESCO Liaison Office Science Specialist, Ms.Masami Nakata: email@example.com.
Mission to Somali Region
The mission to Jijiga in Somali Region was carried out to monitor drilling of Garasley borehole.The drilling is one of activities under Flemish project “Capacity building and groundwater resources exploration for emergency response to drought in the Horn of Africa.”The project has investigated a16,323 km² zone of the Upper Fafem-Jarar River system in the Somali Region of eastern Ethiopia, using radar technology in combination with hydrogeological survey.The mission was conducted with experts from US Geological Survey, Ministry of Water and Energy, and International Rescue Committee.The field mission was also to identify suitable wells in Somali Region for installation of sensors to monitor and collect real-time data of water quality and quantity.
15th Annual L’Oréal-UNESCO Awards for Women in Science 2013
Each year since 1998, five outstanding women scientists are awarded $100,000.The deadline for submitting nominations this year is Friday,17 May 2013. For more information consult www.fwis.fr.
Groundwater Hydrology & Remote Sensing National Training Sessions
UNESCO Addis Ababa Liaison Office in collaboration with the Ethiopian Ministry of Water and Energy organized a kickoff workshop at the School of Earth Sciences (Addis Ababa University) from February 4-8 to initiate a DFID funded project “Capacity development in groundwater resources management at Somali Region and Ethiopia”, which was followed by three specialized trainings. The workshop was held in the presence of high level representatives including H.E. Ato Kebede Gerba, State Minister for Water and Energy. The training sessions, conducted in collaboration with USAID, USGS, Ministry of Water and Energy and the School of Earth Sciences, benefited around 50 professionals (engineers, hydrogeologists, geologists)drawn from different regions of Ethiopia.The first training on Groundwater Field Techniques combined lectures and field exercises on the principles for collecting and recording basic groundwater data at wells and springs, drilling and well construction basics, and introductory project management.The second training on Groundwater Hydraulics had the objective to provide advanced knowledge and skills of well pumping test data analysis for determination of hydraulic parameters. And the third training on Remote Sensing Applications for Water Resources aimed at hands on and also theoretical founding in Remote Sensing and geographical information systems(GIS) techniques.Next round of training sessions in this area of expertise will be organized by UNESCO in the next months to come.
International Science Day
This year’s World Science Day was celebrated in Addis Ababa under the auspices of the Ministry of Science and Technology together with the UNESCO Liaison Office under the theme "Technology Transfer in Ethiopia". In this regard, the Ministry organized a day-long celebration including reflections of the five Ethiopian scientists who were recognized and won the Academy of the Developing World (TWAS) prize for their outstanding performance and contribution to Science development.
“Ten years after the first World Science Day, UNESCO remains determined to support international reflection on a science of global sustainability, notably through the Scientific Advisory Board of the UN Secretary-General. It is in this spirit that I call today on governments, civil society, public and private actors, well beyond scientific circles, to mobilize so as to release the full potential of all sciences for development and peace, which are inseparable and essential for the future that we want, ” said Ms Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO, in her message on the occasion of World Science Day for Peace and Development.