Professional societies play a key role in promoting the development of science, technology and education among other things. In view of this, the Ethiopian Physical Society (EPS) was founded on October 10, 1998 by Ethiopian physics professionals to enhance physics research and education, thereby contributing its share to the overall development of the country.
The objectives of EPS are:
♦ To promote physics education and research in the country;
♦ To organize and coordinate various conferences on physics education and exchange of scientific information;
♦ To popularize physics in order to make students develop interest in physics;
♦ To promote active participation of Ethiopian physicists and the general public in the design and implementation of the physics curriculum;
♦ To create a means for disseminating scientific information; etc ...
In an attempt to meet these objectives, EPS has so far launched five National Conferences and issued six News-letters and one Conference Proceedings. The themes of the conferences held in the past raised important issues related to physics research, education and its applications in various fields. In view of the current growing interest in the area of sciences in Ethiopia, EPS’s role undoubtedly is quite crucial for advancing physics research and education.
This year, EPS is preparing to launch its Sixth National Conference in the premises of Haramaya University, Department of Physics. The themes of the Conference are: physics and its applications in different fields; physics education at various levels; the 70 – 30 professional mix and its status with regard to physics education.