Invitation for Workshop

Invitation for Workshop Participation to The 2018/19 African Initiative for Planetary and Space Sciences (AFIPS) International Workshop

Although “African nations do not have large and well-funded planetary and space sciences programs that have international visibility”, the continent has embarked on the massive expansion of higher education and increased reform in planetary and space science programmes to address socioeconomic development agendas and for striving the contemporary societal challenges. The advancement of space and planet exploration has resulted in new scientific knowledge and innovation. In this regard, the expansion of higher education and research institutes across the continent would be aimed at creating scientific society, as well as generating dependable technologies in the field of planetary and space sciences to support the needs of African nations’.

To this end, the purpose of this international workshop is to strengthen the African vision for enhancing planetary and space science programmes. More precisely, the objectives of the workshop are to: i) conduct an international forum for sharing knowledge and skills among researchers and technologists; ii) discuss on the current status and challenges associated with  the African planetary and space science programmes as well as debate on appropriate  policy options for enhancing the African Planetary and Space Science programmes.

Being a research, scientific and developmental consortium as well as defining itself as an advocate for sustainable planetary and space science advancement programme in Africa, the African initiative for planetary and space sciences (AFIPS is primarily interested in science-based policy-related contributions in all areas of planetary and space science  related research so that the outputs of the workshop will  contribute to a holistic view on the sustainable development  components of Agenda 2063 of African development path and UN Sustainable development goals of Agenda 2030.

In this regard, it is a pleasure for us to cordially invite you and your colleagues to participate in this International Workshop. The participation of critical thinkers, innovators, scientists, and policy planners, private sector representatives and supporters from national and international research and development organizations are highly solicited.

We look forward to meeting you and your colleagues!

The Local and Scientific Organizing Committee!

The 2018 AFIPSS Scientific and Local Organising Committee

  1. Berhan Gessesse, Department of Remote sensing, ESSTI
  2. Tegaye Kassa, Washera Geospace and Radar Science Research Laboratory (WaGRL), at Bahir Dar University, Ethiopia
  3. Solomon Belay, General Director of ESSTI and Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics, ESSTI
  4. Abdissa Yilma, D/General Director, ESSTI
  5. Tulu Besha Bedada, Ethiopian Geospatial  Information Institutes and affiliated with Department of Geodesy and Geodynamics, ESSTI
  6. Negussie Mezgebe, Department of Space Science, ESSTI
  7. Alemye Mamo, A/Director for ROAD, ESSTI.
  8. Worku Zewdie, Department of Remote sensing, ESSTI.
  9. Yikdem Mengesha, Department of Physics, Mekele University.
  10. Tolu Biressa, Department of Physics , Jimma University
  11. Ephrem Gebremariam, Ethiopian Institute of Architecture, Building Construction and City Development, Addis Ababa University
  12. Worku Abera, Dawson College, Montreal, Canada.
  13. Richard Soare, Dawson College, Montreal, Canada.
  14. Beza Tesfaye, Ethiopian Space Science Society

Keynote Speakers

A number of keynote speakers will be invited to attend the workshop and present their newest studiesand findings during the workshop.

Topic Descriptions

The technical programme of the International Workshop will consist of plenary scientific presentations, panel discussion, lead and contributory papers and poster presentation. A total of 115 participants will be invited for the workshop.  A maximum of six keynote speakers will be invited corresponding to each of the five thematic areas indicated below. The following thematic areas are proposed to be presented during the workshop.

Track 1. Planetary Sciences and Geodynamics

Track 2. Space and Atmospheric Sciences

Track 3. Theoretical and Observational Astronomy

Track 4. Earth Observation (Remote Sensing and Geodesy Geo-informatics)

Track 5.  Space Related Technology outputs Track.


An abstract with a maximum of 350 words shall be submitted from 03 November 2018 to 04 January 2018.  One registrant can submit only one paper.

Conference Proceedings

A well written compilation of all abstracts will be reviewed by selected professionals and will be published in the conference proceedings.

Poster Presentation

Posters (1×1.2 m) should include title, name and address of the author (s), short introduction, method and material, results and conclusions.

Important Dates

Abstract submission  Starts: 03 November 2018
Abstract submission closes: 04 Janury 2018
Notifcation to authors: 09 January  2019

Presentation material submission:  30 January 2019
Workshop  dates: 04 -07  February  2019

About Addis Ababa: The workshop will be held Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia’s sprawling capital in the highlands bordering the Great Rift Valley and the country’s commercial and cultural hub is situated in the central part of the country.  Its national museum exhibits Ethiopian art, traditional crafts and prehistoric fossils, including replicas of the famous early hominid and oldest human ancestor, “Ardi and Lucy.” Similarly, a number of cultural museums, the biggest open Market of “MERKATO” in Africa and Lion Zoo are also major attraction sites in the city. Above all, part of the workshop educational excursion programme participants will visit mainly the ENTOTO MOUNTAIN, 3200m above sea level, (i.e., this mountain is densely covered by an exotic eucalyptus trees that were originally imported from Australia) and one of the Eastern African regional space observatory hub is known as Entoto Observatory Research Centers equipped with the twins 1 meter diameter Telescope. In this observatory, you can visit the twains one mater diameter telescopes. Above all, you will have the chance to visit decorated and celebrated churches and old palaces at Entoto Mountain ridge.

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