Professor Sebsebe Demissew, Founding Fellow of the Ethiopian Academy of Sciences (EAS) and a prominent botanical scientist, received the prestigious Royal Botanic Garden, KEW, International Medal on 20 October, 2016. The Award ceremony took place at the British Embassy in Addis Ababa.
The Royal Botanic Garden, KEW, established in 1759 is a well-known global scientific organization. The organization is famous for its scientific expertise in plant diversity and for its key role in the effort to realize sustainable development around the world.
Professor Sebsebe Demissew is a Professor of Systematic Botany at the Addis Ababa University. He has worked in various managerial and consultancy positions. His engagement for over 30 years on the documentation of the Flora of Ethiopia and Eritrea is among the major ones. Professor Sebsebe has been teaching Botany and Natural Resources for postgraduate program in Addis Ababa University for several years.
The Kew International Medal was first established in 1992 by the Board of Trustees and is given to individuals who have made a significant contribution to science and conservation. Previous award winners include Sir Robert and Lady Sainsbury (1994); Sir David Attenborough (1996); Stella Ross-Craig (1999); Margaret Stones (2000); Mary Grieson (2003); Peter H. Raven (2009); Jared Diamond (2012); E. O. Wilson (2014); and Dr. Kiat W. Tan (2015).
The Ethiopian Academy of Sciences would like to congratulate Professor Sebsebe Demissew for this exceptional accomplishment.