Between 13 and 14 May 2023, the Ethiopian Space Science Society (ESSS) held its 18th General Assembly at the Addis Ababa Institute of Technology, making it Ethiopia’s most prominent space gathering.
According to the event summary released by the institute, the momentous event brought together various key figures, including ESSS board members, honorary members, founding members, staff, branch association leaders, institutional members, representatives from the International Astronomical Union (IAU) and the African Astronomical Society (AfAS), as well as representatives from the African Star Magazine. In addition, the assembly encompassed several scientific sessions, a meeting of the ESSS Branch Association Leaders, dedicated sessions for youth and children, and active participation from students, space enthusiasts, experts, and industry leaders nationwide.
During the Assembly, the ESSS conducted a fruitful meeting with Branch Association Leaders, offering them a valuable opportunity to collaborate, exchange insights, and discuss their respective branches’ progress and plans. With a shared vision of advancing space science in Ethiopia, this gathering marked a significant milestone in the journey of ESSS and its dedicated leaders working together toward a common goal.
One of the event’s highlights was the special youth session, where high school and university students delivered captivating presentations on various space-related topics, including astronomy, AI in space, and aerospace engineering. Their exceptional knowledge and passion showcased the immense potential of the upcoming generation in driving advancements in space exploration. These extraordinary young minds were celebrated for their remarkable contributions to the future of space.
The Ethiopian Space Science Society is a non-profit organisation that comprises professionals and individuals interested in Astronomy, Astrophysics, Space Science, Technology, and related fields. The society boasts a membership of over 15,000 individuals, with 30 branch associations, over 58 institutional members, and 100 Space School Clubs.
Since its establishment in 2004, the ESSS has achieved significant growth and accomplishments. They have pioneered the establishment of the first-ever observatory in East Africa and have played a crucial role in initiating MSC and PhD level education in space and astronomy fields at the Entoto Observatory & Research Center and public universities. The society has also been instrumental in supporting the development of the national space policy and played a crucial role in successfully launching two Ethiopian satellites into orbit.
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