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The 2020 International Conference on the Nile and Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD): Science, Conflict Resolution and Cooperation is co-sponsored by the FIU Institute of Environment, the Addis Ababa Institute of Technology, Addis Ababa University and the Bahir Dar Institute of Technology, Bahir Dar University.

The conference will take place from August 20-21, 2020 through a virtual Zoom setting.

This conference hopes to create a platform for international and national expertise to highlight and present their experience on historical and current Nile water issues and the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam. Experiences on international transboundary water management, the role of science in conflict resolutions and collaborations will be presented. Speakers from academia, government, international and national organizations working on water resources management, policy, regulations and development will be participating.

To register for the conference, please visit the registration page

Please note - the conference agenda will be released soon.

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If you are interested in presenting research or a paper for any of the conference themes, please contact the conference Chair, Dr. Assefa Melesse. You may submit your abstract or publication to Dr. Melesse for consideration by emailing

Abstract and paper submission deadline is July 25, 2020.

Full paper submission guidelines will be communicated - please contact for inquiries.

Abstract submission guidelines:

  • Abstract should be no more than 500 words on a topic relevant to the main focus of the conference
  • Identify the session and also the sub-topic you are interested in participating in (see "Conference Themes")
  • Include author name(s), email(s) and affiliation(s)
  • Email with your submission by the July 25 deadline