Ambassador is guest speaker at book launch on Nanotechnology by Ethiopian professor

29 Jan 2018

On 24th January, Ambassador Hailemichael Aberra Afework, was guest speaker at the launch of the book, Harnessing Nanotechnoloy for Sustainable Development, written by a selection of scholars, with Dr Hailemichael T. Demissie of Gondar University as the lead author.

The launch was held at Kings College London, where Dr Demissie was a student. Deputy Head of Mission, Mr Ababi Demissie and the Head of the Diaspora Department, Mr Fekadu Beyene, were also present.

The book, perhaps the first of its kind in Africa, focusses on nanotechnology and its promises and risks to sustainable development in Africa.

Ambassador Hailemichael (centre) with Dr Hailemichael T. Demissie (l) and Prof Roger Brownsword

Ambassador Hailemichael applauded Dr Demissie for his inspirational work, a great contribution to Africa’s development. He said universities in the developing and developed worlds should do more collaborative research, to alleviate Africa’s developmental challenges. And the Ethiopian Diaspora plays an important role in this endeavour.

He said the Ethiopian Government is committed to the development of science and technology in universities. More than 40 universities are now committed to improving the quality of education and research, and collaborations with universities such as Kings College, are vital.

Dr Demissie hopes the book will bring the African continent together to utilise the benefits of nanotechnology.

A pre-launch of the book took place in Gondar in the presence of His Excellency, Dr Getahun Mekuria, Minister of the Ministry of Science and Technology.

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