The African Academy of Sciences’ executive director Berhanu Abegaz has been elected chair of the UNESCO International Basic Sciences Programme (IBSP) scientific board.
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization established the multidisciplinary programme to strengthen national capacities in the basic sciences and in science education. Its scientific board advises UNESCO’s leadership on basic science matters.
Abegaz, who was previously vice-chair of the board, was elected at the ninth meeting of the IBSP scientific board held in Paris, France, in May 2015. He will be deputised by Marina Bentivoglio, a professor of histology at the University of Verona in Italy, and Glacius Oliva, a professor of structural biology at the University of São Paulo in Brazil.
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