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GAEC To Host Day Of Africa’s Scientific Renaissance Celebration2 min read

GAEC To Host Day Of Africa’s Scientific Renaissance Celebration<span class="wtr-time-wrap after-title"><span class="wtr-time-number">2</span> min read</span>

The Ghana Atomic Energy Commission (GAEC) will on June 30, this year, hold a Scientific Innovations Dialogue (SID) to commemorate the Day of Africa’s Scientific Renaissance at its auditorium at Kwabenya in Accra.

The celebration, which is under the auspices of the Ministry of Environment, Science, Technology, and Environment (MESTI), is on the theme “Harnessing the power of the atom for economic transformation through science and technology.”

The Dialogue is an initiative meant to discuss the potential of nuclear energy in addressing food security and the cancer challenge in the country. It will bring together experts, researchers, scientists, policymakers, opinion leaders, and other stakeholders to share ideas, diagnose, and prescribe solutions to these critical matters.

The event will have the Minister for Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation, Dr. Kwaku Afriyie as the keynote speaker.

Sharing more insights on the initiative, the Deputy Director-General of GAEC, Prof. Dickson Adomako, said the celebration will begin on June 29, 2023, with an open day where students from Junior and Senior High Schools and tertiary institutions will have the opportunity to tour the laboratories and other facilities of GAEC and gain firsthand knowledge of the country’s nuclear science and technology initiatives.

“The celebration serves as an opportunity to promote science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education among the students. It is also an avenue to engage stakeholders about the peaceful uses of nuclear technology for the good of humankind, thereby zeroing in on some key technologies and the benefits we can derive from their use for national development,” he stated.

In 1987, the African Union (AU) passed a resolution to celebrate the Day of the Scientific Renaissance of Africa (DSRA) on June 30 each year. The core objective of celebrating the day is to remind African governments and people about the critical roles played by science and technology in national development. Also, commemorating the day is in remembrance of the substantial contribution of Africa to the rise and development of modern science and technology.

The GAEC and the Council for Science and Industrial Research (CSIR) take turns hosting the celebration. The CSIR hosted the 2022 edition. It is the turn of the GAEC to host this year’s edition.

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