Addis Ababa University (AAU) recently convened 41 education researchers representing 18 countries from across the continent for the ‘Leaders in African Education Research’ to debate research priorities and opportunities in order to deliver high-quality and impactful research.The workshop was convened by AAU, in collaboration with Centre for Global Development (CGD), DFID and the REAL Centre at the University of Cambridge. The LAER meetings aimed to elevate the evidence on African education published by individuals based in SSA and inform future approaches to partnership and research collaboration. The workshop provided a platform to share perspectives on several dimensions of education research as participants discussed priorities for educational research across the continent and criteria for selecting research to inform national, regional or international development agendas. The workshop also provided a platform for participants to share their experiences on the challenges and opportunities faced in delivering high-quality outputs. These include among others-limited access to data, publishing in reputable journals. CSEA research Associate, Joseph Ishaku participated in this workshop which was held on 16 and 17 July 2019 in Addis Ababa.