"To address the national challenges of development in Ethiopia, emerging technologies such as biotechnology, nanotechnology, space science, information and communication technologies are becoming crucial"
Dr.-Ing. Nurelegne Tefera, President of AASTU
The Office of the Research Directorate of Addis Ababa Science and Technology University (AASTU) organizes and conducts the Second Annual Research Conference under the grand theme Emerging Technologies and Innovations to Promote the Ethiopian Economy from June 2-3/2016 in the premises of the university. The Conference is attended by Dr.-Ing. Nurelegne Tefera, President of AASTU and other higher officials of the university, Professor Fisseha-Tsion Mengesha from Afro Global Consultancy, Ato Asrat Bulbula from Shalla Soda Ash Project, Dr. Amare Gessesse and Dr. Yilma Sileshi both from Addis Ababa University, researchers from different Ethiopian universities, representatives of industries, AASTU academic staff and students.
Dr. Nurelegne Tefera, President of AASTU, in his opening speech underscored that in the efforts of transforming Ethiopia from agriculture-based economy to an industrialized nation, quality education and relevant problem-solving researches in the fields of science and technology are mandatory. In order to address the national challenges of development in Ethiopia, he continued, emerging technologies such asbiotechnology, nanotechnology, space science, information and communication technologies are becoming crucial. Thus, he added, universities and science institutes must act quickly to satisfy the demand of the country through conducting sound researches as well as by producing competitive graduates in the above-mentioned areas.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Habtamu Hailu, Vice President for Research and Technology Transfer of AASTU, said that the issues of implementing emerging technologies such as nanotechnology, high performance computing, artificial intelligence and robotics, space science and satellite technology, which have never been imagined to be a focus in countries like Ethiopia, have now become areas of attention. He also noted that we are in a time of consensus to be reached at that these emerging sciences and technologies are no more unreachable. It indeed suggests the opposite. Intensive and continuous researches need to be done to utilize its enormous advantages to the developmental goals of our country. In connection to this, he emphasized that research universities such as AASTU and
other technology institutes must respond swiftly in times of great desire for rapid development through the use of these technologies. It is with this motive, he remarked, that AASTU has organized this research conference and will continue to do so in a comprehensive manner in the years to come.
During the two-day conference, four keynote speeches by leading scholars in the country in the fields of biotechnology, water resources engineering, chemical engineering and technology transfer are presented. The keynote speeches are also followed by 31 oral and 16 poster presentations.
Addis Ababa Science and Technology University honored all Paper presenters and participants by handing certificates of appreciation and recognition.