ISP Physical Science Program Director visits EORC

Written by Ermyas Aklilu on .

On 25 Nov 2014, the International Science Program (ISP) physical Science director Prof. Ernest van Groningen Visited EORC.

During his visit to EO, Prof Ernest meet EO Director, Staffs, & Students (MSC & PHD) at the center and visited the observatories.

EO director Dr. Solomon, introduced Prof. Ernest to students and staffs about his   professional background and his current duties and purpose of visit to EO.

In his introduction Dr. Solomon mentioned that Prof Earnest is an Astrophysicist by profession and currently work as director of ISP physical Science program and his visit to EO is in relation to Collaboration between ISP and East Africa Astronomical Research network. He further mentioned ISP contribution in Ethiopia for the past 20 yrs  and  he sighted ISP  support  & work with Addis Ababa university physic, chemistry and Mathematics departments.

Prof. Ernest in his part made a speech and briefed about ISP program major objectives, mode of operation and ways of collaborations.  he stated that the main objectives of ISP program is to provide  support in long-term base for developing countries to strengthen their domestic capacity and activity with regard to research and higher education in the basic sciences; chemistry, physics and mathematics. He also mentioned that the main sources of funding are the Swedish Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) and Uppsala University.

Prof. Ernest told to the EO community how ISP operate and its collaboration strategies.  He stated that support  of ISP are directed to research groups or scientific networks but not individual base ,by invitation and /or discussions  and with long term engagements with ISP.

Pro. Ernest mentioned that the EAST Africa Astronomical Network is one of the regional network in East Africa consists of Uganda, Ruanda and Ethiopia. He mentioned his visit to EO is based on this Scientific Network collaboration.

During his visit of the Observatory, Prof. Earnest said he was pleased in what he saw at EO in particular and the development and progress of Astronomy and Astrophysics in Ethiopia in general for the past one decade.

Group pic with Prof. Ernest van Groningen

Being Established in 1961 and located on Sweden, ISP has earned international recognition for effectively strengthening research and postgraduate education in low-income countries in the basic sciences physics, chemistry, and mathematics.  Over the period of 2003 – 2011 about 70 ISP supported research groups and networks graduated 215 PhDs, 885 Masters, published 1500 scientific papers and gave 2000 contributions to conferences, together using close to 180 million SEK.