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Science Communication Training for Women in Biosciences held at Hilton Hotel, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia


Science Communication training for Women Bioscientists kickoff now at Hilton Hotel, Addis Ababa, which will be held from May 8-9, 2019, organized by African Women for Biosciences (AWfB) and the International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications (ISAAA) AfriCenter in collaboration with Ethiopian Biotechnology Institute (EBTi).
Opening speech and Overview of Biotechnology and Biosafety was made by Dr. Kassahun Tesfaye, Director General for Ethiopian Biotechnology Institute. Dr. Kassahun, in his speech said, to collectively tackle the global social and Economic challenges, research and innovation in Bioscience and cross-border collaboration at regional and international level is crucial.

Furthermore; he said, Bioscience Research, Development and Innovation are critical to national development, global competitiveness and Ecological management. Modern biotechnologies assure solutions to many challenges we face in agriculture and beyond. He Said, Advancement in biotechnology have solved many problems, make life more convenient, and improve service quality to customers. These are all good reasons for biotechnology for its constant development as part of the next wave in the knowledge-based bioeconomy.

He also added that, to meet the SDG goals and ambitious transformational agenda at national level, research and innovation should be at a very core of the strategy as they are the only way to deliver new sources of sustainable growth.

Dr Kassahun mentioned that, if appropriate communication strategy are not put in place; it would be difficult to have safe biotech development, promotion and dissemination; for the benefit of all nations.
Dr. Margaret Karembu , ISAAA Africcenter Director /Chair AWfB/, Give brief look at African Women for Bioscience /AWFB/ and ISAAA General overviews.
The World Iconic /Figurative/ Scientist, Professor Paul Teng, who is concurrently Chair, International Service for the Acquisition of Agribiotech Applications (ISAAA), Adjunct Professor, Murdoch University, Australia, and Senior Fellow, Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture, Philippines, is also the one who Give talk on the Contribution of Biotechnology to Food Security and the Bio-economy.

The training aims to equip women bioscience researchers with communication skills that will enable to effectively communicate research processes and findings to various stakeholders, to be able to relate with the media more confidently and effectively;

It is noticed that scientists from agricultural-related sectors, Biodiversity institute, and research institutes, universities, women science journalists, Public Communication, Environmental institution Sectors and women Scientist from Ethiopian Biotechnology institute are participating on the training.