Call to Service

Bring Minds Together – Bridge the Gap

The ongoing Ethiopian political reform and the grand vision of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has fueled interest in the Ethiopian and African Diaspora communities to share their experience in industry and the academic world.  In line with this call to service, the International Conference on Interdisciplinary Research Studies (ICIRS) will hold its summer 2019 conference from August 1 - 3, 2019 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The theme for the conference is “Bring Minds Together – Bridge the Gap”. The conference will have the following two sections.

Transforming Government Efficiency through Knowledge Exchange Workshops

The two-day professional knowledge exchange workshop (breakout sessions) will cover a wide variety of topics mapped to the functions of the Ethiopian Government’s Ministries, agencies, and commissions. Each breakout session can be considered a mini conference for the selected field and will be led by two professionals, one from Ethiopia (point of contact from the selected Ministry) and the other from the Diaspora (recommended professional in the field), to plan, select topics and panel members, and provide overall oversight for the session. The following eight breakout sessions have been identified.

  1. Legal, Human Resources & Community Development
  2. Peace, Regional Security, Diplomacy, Public Affairs, Government Relations, and Civic Society
  3. Engineering (City and Regional Development, Water, Irrigation & Electricity, Construction,  Nuclear Energy,
  4. Culture, Hospitality, Customer Service, Human Resources and Community Development
  5. Transportation and Logistics
  6. Science, Technology,  and Education
  7. Health,Agriculture and Natural Resources
  8. Finance, Investment, Trade, and Economic Development

Interested professionals/practitioners can register at the ICIRS Conference site.

Engineering Education Conference and Engineering Pedagogy

TASFA’s 5th Engineering Education conference and hands-on workshop sessions will be held on the campus of AAiT. Engineering faculty and deans from over 40 universities are expected to take part in this conference. Interested scholars and practitioners interested in participating in this conference can register at the ICIRS Conference site.


This global conference will serve as a meeting place for scholar practitioners, researchers, policy makers, and students engaged in research and practice to exchange ideas on the challenges, opportunities, emerging trends, best practices, and innovative ideas in their respective fields. The registration deadline is June 30, 2019.

We hope you will take time from your busy schedules to participate and look forward to meeting you at the conference.

Conference Chairs

Sandokan Debebe, Director General, Ethiopian Innovation and Technology Institute

YacobAstatke, Dr. Eng, Morgan State University

DerejeTessema, PhD, Florida Institute of Finance College 

Seble Mengesha, PhD, Florida Institute of Finance College