Monday, 17 February 2020 12:14

Arsi University Conducted a Workshop in collaboration with ESSS

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Arsi University hosted a workshop, in collaboration with Ethiopian Space Science Society (ESSS). The workshop was conducted for three days, from 12th - 14th, February, 2020, in Arsi University Dinsho Campus. The participants were administrative and academic staffs and students of Arsi University.

The workshop aims at creating awareness, about Ethiopian Space Science Society and related technology.  The topics of discussion were:

·         Does Space Science needed to Ethiopia?

·         Does Space Science Satellite is a necessity or luxury?

·         Application of Space Science Satellite in economic activities (Transportation, Agriculture, Climate change, etc), Security, Communication, Research, Education and Health.

H. E. Teferra Walwa (Patron of the ESSS) and a founding member of ESSS, presents a lecture on the points of discussion and headed the workshop. Teferra explains the crucial role of space Science in building a society of a highly developed scientific culture. Such a society assists their country in generating income from space science and technology.

Furthermore, Teferra states ESSS strives to make Ethiopia effective and extensive user of space science and technology; especially satellite science and technology applications in all aspects of development of the country. ESSS envisions becoming contributor to the development of astronomy, space science and related sciences within the coming years. Finally, Teferra dealt with the questions, comments, and suggestions of the participants.

ESSS was established in 2004, by 47 founding members. It is a non-profitable Organization that comprises of members from Astronomy, Astrophysics, Space Science and Technology, Politicians, Lawyers, Investors, and individuals interested in the field. Currently, the Society has more than 50,000 members, and 28 branches.

Teferra explains, when ESSS was established in 2004, the founding members were labelled as the ‘crazy people’s club’; but has gained credibility in the past decade with winning increased political support. Teferra underlines that promoting Space Science is a vital activity that play a significant role in the development of a country. For instance, if our economy is strongly linked with space science satellite, then we can transform a backward system of Agriculture into modern agriculture.

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