African Science Academies to Meet in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Nov. 10-12

The Ethiopian Academy of Sciences is hosting the ninth annual meeting of African science academies in Addis Ababa from Nov. 10-12. The theme of this year's conference is the role of biotechnology in Africa's development. Leaders of science academies across sub-Saharan African will gather with other experts from Africa and elsewhere in the world to discuss the potential for biotechnology to improve food security and human health and to transform economies. They will also discuss how to facilitate stronger ties among the academic, governmental, nongovernmental, and industrial sectors to spur innovation in biotechnology and establish biosafety guidelines.

The annual meeting of African science academies grew out of the ongoing African Science Academy Development Initiative (ASADI), a multiyear, collaborative effort with the U.S. National Academy of Sciences and others to strengthen the capacity of African academies to inform policymaking and public discourse through evidence-based advice. The Ethiopian Academy of Sciences, founded in 2010, is a new partner in ASADI and hosting for the first time. Both the deputy prime minister and minister of science and technology of Ethiopia are expected to attend.

The opening ceremony for the meeting takes place on Sunday, Nov. 10, at 17:00 in the Africa Hall of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, Addis Ababa. H.E. Ato Demeke Mekonnen, Deputy Prime Minister, Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, and H.E. W/ro Demitu Hambisa, Minister, Ministry of Science and Technology, Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, will speak The conference continues on Monday, Nov. 11, from 08:30 to 18:00, and on Tuesday, Nov. 12, from 08:30 to 18:45, at the Hilton Addis Ababa, Menelik II Avenue. Reporters who wish to attend must register in advance with the Office of News and Public Information, U.S. National Academy of Sciences; tel. +1 202 334 2138 or e-mail For an agenda, visit

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