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Ghana STEM Conference scheduled for September 28

By: Emmanuel Bruce
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Come Friday 28th September, delegates from Academia, the Diplomatic Corps, Corporate Ghana, the STEM Community in Ghana and the general public will gather at the Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences for the maiden Ghana STEM Conference, part of the weeklong Next Einstein Forum (NEF) Africa Science Week celebrations.

The conference, to be co-chaired by the Minister of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation, Professor Kwabena Frimpong Boateng and the German Ambassador to Ghana, H.E. Christoph Retzlaff will be held under the theme Accelerating Growth and Development through STEM — seeking to elevate the conversation, foster greater participation and encourage the active adoption of STEM to accelerate Ghana’s development.

The conference will have three panel discussions featuring distinguished Ghanaians from Academia, In-dustry and the STEM community.

Panel 1, the Education panel, will examine STEM Education and Industry divide: how do we bridge the gap to foster growth and economic development?

The panelists for this section are: Ethel Cofie, leading technologist and CEO of Edel Technology Consulting, Dr. Patrick Arthur, a lecturer and researcher at the Department of Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biolo-gy, University of Ghana and renowned educationalist and columnist, Anis Haffer.

They will discuss and proffer practical strategies to bridge the gap between STEM education and industry requirements to foster growth and economic development. 

Panel two will discuss the female STEM pipeline and how Ghana can proactively promote female partici-pation in STEM. 

The panelists are Efua Adabie- Headteacher Ghana Science Academy, Favour Nma Ozichukwu Operations Manager of iSpace  and Ato Ulzen-Appiah, Director of GhanaThink Foundation. 

Panel three will discuss youth participation in STEM under the theme ‘securing the future: driving youth participation in STEM.’

Panelists are Freda Yawson of Innovate Ghana, Ama Duncan of Fabulous Women Network and Dr. Thomas Tagoe, Lecturer, University of Ghana and co-founder of GhScientific. 

About NEF Africa Science Week

The NEF Africa Science Week celebrations is Africa’s biggest annual celebration of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) that brings together thousands of participants to engage in coordi-nated events aimed at promoting the adoption of STEM across the African continent.

The 2018 celebrations are being held in over 34 African countries including Ghana, Cameroon 

Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire, Kenya, Malawi, Mali, Morocco, Nigeria, Senegal, Rwanda South Africa, Tanzania, Sudan among others.