14 December 2019
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Hi, my name is Dr. Binyam Sisay Mendisu
NEF Ambassador – Ethiopia
Binyam Sisay Mendisu completed his PhD in Linguistics from University of Oslo, Norway in 2008. Between 2008-2016, he taught full-time at Addis Ababa University and served in different academic positions. His research interest includes the grammatical study of least-known languages, mother tongue education, early childhood education, science policy and science leadership and teacher policy. He is currently working as a program officer at UNESCO’s International Institute for Capacity Building in Africa and as a part-time associate professor of Linguistics at Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia. He is the inaugural fellow, steering committee member and co-facilitator of the African Science Leadership Program (ASLP) based at the University of Pretoria, South Africa. In addition, he is a member of the Global Young Academy (GYA) and active member of the Science Advice working group within GYA, founding fellow and secretary of the Ethiopian Young Academy of Science (EtYAS) and Next Einstein Forum (NEF) Ambassador for Ethiopia (2017-2019). He is also International Network of Government Science Advice (INGSA) Research Associate for 2019.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT SCIENCE IN Ethiopia
Africa Science Week will take place in Ethiopia from 14-20 December 2019. It is organized by Dr. Binyam Sisay Mendisu (NEF ambassador 2017-2019), and Dr. Mariamawit Yonathan Yeshak (NEF ambassador 2015-2017) in collaboration with various partners. The main focus of Africa science week celebration will be on the role of women in science and promoting gender-sensitive STEAM education. Accordingly, activities are planned to advocate and encourage girls/women to pursue a career in science, recognize three successful women scientists in Ethiopia and learn from their experiences. In addition to this, a trip to a small town and rural areas in the southwestern part of the country is planned to visit a newly established university and organize a hands-on workshop with high school students. Early-career women science leaders from Ethiopian Young Academy of Sciences (EtYAS) will travel to Jinka to engage with hands-on workshop with high school students and to inspire them pursue their dream career in science. The main partners of the science week celebration include the Ethiopian Young Academy of Science (EtYAS) in which both NEF ambassadors are members of the executive committee, Ethiopian Academy of Sciences (EAS) and UNESCO International Institute for Capacity Building in Africa. We will also be working closely with Ministry of Education and Ministry of Science and Technology in Ethiopia. Furthermore, we are currently in discussion with private companies such as Gebeya Inc. to decide on their involvement and the support that they could provide.