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CSIR-RSA 32nd AGM and 3rd scientific conference: ‘Research Scientists charged to think about innovation’

  • CSIR-RSA 32nd Annual General Meeting and 3rd scientific conference have been held with a call on research scientists to think about innovation.
  • The adoption of drone technology has been recommended as an intervention to reduce manual application of dangerous chemicals on farms.
  • Long periods spent in piloting technologies have been strongly discouraged.
  • Research Scientists have been challenged to prioritize living legacies.

The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) Research Staff Association (RSA) has held its 32nd Annual General Meeting (AGM) and 3rd scientific conference with a call on research scientists to consider innovation as a significant step to advance development of science and technology in the country.

 The three-day (19th to 21st October) event which was organised on the theme: “Advances in science, technology and innovation for resilient food, health and ecological systems” brought together representatives from all the thirteen institutes of CSIR and other invited scientific bodies including the Ghana Atomic Energy Commission (GAEC) and the Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA).

Addressing participants at the event, Dr. Kwaku Afriyie, the Minister of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation (MESTI) who was also the guest speaker, tasked research scientists to prioritize the need to innovate their research inputs to drive development and promote efficiency to yield more economic benefits.

He mentioned the cocoa industry as a space that needed significant advancement in its output and cited the adoption of drone technology for the application of dangerous chemicals on crops to reduce physical contact.

Dr. Afriyie noted “the advances in science and technology has huge impact on all societies” and as such, technologies that are developed can also be converted for other purposes including the use of solar energy to generate heat that would serve as a good source for the production of solar devices for domestic activities.

The usage of solar energy for domestic activities he mentioned, would de-stress the forest cover that otherwise would have been cut down as firewood for cooking.

He indicated that, although the transition to innovate comes with some setbacks, it is high time research scientists ventured into the space and took risks adding that, they should keep to time and strive to pilot their technologies within a short period to avoid delay.

“There must be the time dimension that you (research scientists) also have to apply in piloting your technologies otherwise other nations would be ahead of you”, Dr. Afriyie said.

On his part, Prof. Victor Agyeman, the Director-General of CSIR, expressed fond memories and lessons he learnt from the Minister when he was first appointed as the Minister of Lands and Natural Resources and concluded “it takes vision for everything to happen”.      

He urged research scientists to be ready to take bold decisions in achieving living legacies after they leave their respective offices. 

Meanwhile, Dr. Wilhelmina Quaye, the Director of CSIR-Science and Technology Policy Research Institute (CSIR-STEPRI) stated that, the Institute is embarking on a number of projects including “developing a national policy and technical revelation for aflatoxin control in food”.

The CSIR-RSA AGM which was hosted by CSIR-STEPRI is held every year for research scientists and other scientific bodies to discuss ways to drive the country’s development in science and technology.

Source: Corporate Affairs Division, CSIR Head Office


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