Prof. Aberra Mogessie




















Prof. Aberra Mogessie is a fellow of GSAf

Prof. Aberra Mogessie is an Austrian citizen of Ethiopian origin working at the Institute of Earth Sciences University of Graz, Austria. He is a graduate of the Addis Ababa University (B.Sc.), University of Minnesota (USA), M.Sc., University of Innsbruck (Austria), Dr. rer, nat., and University of Graz (Austria), Dr. Habil. He is the 2011 recipient of the NMGS (Nigerian Mining and Geoscience Society) Award in Gold and a Plaque in honor of Prof. O. Oyawoye of Nigeria as a hard rock African Geologist; and a recipient of the Luis Federico Leloir Prize to International Cooperation in Science, Technology and Innovation from the Argentinian Minister of Science and Technology in November 2012. In 2015 he is elected Fellow of the Geological Society of America as well as the Fellow of the Africa Academy of Sciences and received a Certificate of recognition of 25 years of distinguished service to the society of economic geologists. Prof. Mogessie has served as elected, President of the Geological Society of Africa (2008-2016). He has served as Vice President of the Austrian Mineralogical Society (2011-2013) and in January 2014 elected as President of the Austrian Mineralogical Society (one of the oldest in Europe). He is a Fellow of the African Science Institute (ASI), elected  and served as member of the International Committee of the Geological Society of America for the term 2014 to 2018; He has served as an elected member of the International Union of Geosciences (IUGS) Nominating Committee (2008-2012). He was an elected Board Member of the Earth Sciences Matters Foundation; and is senior advisor to the International Association of Geoethics (IAGETH). As President of the Geological Society of Africa he has intimately worked with UNESCO in organizing regional workshops on Earth Science Education in Africa, and in the African Network of Earth Science Institutions (ANESI). Recently, he has been working with the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), the Africa Union Commission (AUC), the UNDP, to facilitate the implementation of the Africa Mining Vision (AMV). For this purpose he has been invited as member of selected experts to participate at the AUC – AMDC (Africa Minerals Development Center) African Geology and Minerals Information Systems Expert Group and Consultative Meeting, UNECA, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, July 2014; Country Mining Vision Methodology Workshop, AMDC, Debrezeit (Bishoftu), Ethiopia, September 2014; and the Africa Minerals Geoscience Initiative (AMGI)- African Union Commission & World Bank Africa Geological Mapping Project workshop, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, October  2014. He has served as member of the advisory panel of the 35th International Geological Congress, held in Cape Town, South Africa end of August 2016. He has worked with the African Minerals Development center in Addis Ababa as its principal geoscience and minerals information system strategy consultant (2016-2017). Prof. Mogessie is a reviewer of scientific papers for several international journals, reviewer of scientific proposals for funding Agencies, and member of the editorial board of the International Geoscience, African Journal of Earth Sciences, Ethiopian Journal of Science, SINET (established the Journal with other colleagues in 1978 at the Addis Ababa University) etc. He has authored and co-authored over 265 research papers in reviewed journals and conference proceedings in the different fields of Earth Sciences ranging from Petrology, Mineralogy, Geochemistry, Economic Geology, Engineering Geology, Hydrogeology, Computers & Geosciences to his hobby Geotourism in Ethiopia. He is Co-Author of the Country Mining Vision Guidebook: Domesticating the Africa Mining Vision (2014), AMDC-UNECA, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. P. 200; and Geotourism in Ethiopia (2009, Shama publisher, Addis Ababa). Prof. Mogessie has been awarded a number of research grants by the Austrian Science Foundation for his research projects related to petrology and mineral resources (especially precious metals like Platinum) in Argentina, Austria, Bulgaria, Egypt, Ethiopia, Tanzania and the USA. He has served as an academic advisor to a large number of students ranging from Bachelors degree to PhD and post docs. He has a number of years administrative experience having served in different positions as elected vice chair and then chair of the Institute of Mineralogy and Petrology, University of Graz; as well as, a coordinator for several outgoing and incoming mobility programs in the earth sciences at the University of Graz, Austria.

At present, apart from his academic duties and other engagements he is serving as Vice President of the Advisory Board of the PanAfGeo Mapping Project (EGS-OAGS) and in the UNCE Expert Group on Mineral resources classification to develop an African Mineral Resources Classification (AMREC) and reporting code (PARC).