ATPS Chapters mark the 2010 Scientific Revival Day
13th July 2010
The ATPS-Nigeria chapter collaborated with the Raw Materials Research and Development Council and the Federal University of Technology (FUT), Yola to host the 23rd African Scientific Revival Day ad the FUT Yola Multipurpose Hall. The theme of the event tagged Science, Technology and Innovation Policy for Sustainable Agro-industrial Raw Materials was aimed at provoking discussions on Nigeria’s S&T policies and making appropriate recommendations. Among those in attendance were the Vice Chancellor of the FUT, Yola, Prof. Bashir Haruna Usman and the ATPS Executive Director, Dr. Kevin Urama. The workshop was attended by over 300 delegates who discussed major issues relevant to the theme. High quality papers were presented and they were well received by the delegates as demonstrated in their enthusiasm during the conference discussions. The ATPS-Nigeria National Coordinator, Prof. M. C. Madukwe pointed out the need for al government ministries, parastatals, NGOs, schools, civil societies and the press to create a Science and Technology Policy Unit within their organizations to enable them analyze, keep track and operate within emerging practices in S&T applicable to their respective mandates. The event was sponsored by the RMRDC, ATPS Secretariat Nairobi, FUT-Yola, and World Bank STEP-B project, Abuja.
04 August 2010
The ATPS-Mali chapter held a symposium at the INRSP conference hall Bamako, Mali to commemorate the Scientific Revival Day. The theme of the symposium was Capitalization of the achievements of science and technology in the health care system in Mali. In Mali, the national health policy is based on the universal principle which made it a fundamental right to all citizens of Mali and health action social solidarity of the state, communities and individual work. The objective of the symposium was to create a better understanding of the health system in Mali. Specific objectives of the symposium were to understand the state of health system in Mali and also to identify the alternatives of synergies to improve collaboration between both modern and traditional medicine. The meeting was chaired by the Honourable Member Sidi TRAORE and facilitated by the Deputy Director General of IPR/IFRA Prof. Mamoudou.
ATPS Sierra Leone
The ATPS-Sierra Leone chapter was issued a grant to commemorate the Scientific Revival Day in 2010 following proposals received from them. The planned activities were to showcase evidence-based local scientific researches/innovations that would contribute to national development in Sierra Leone (in particular) and other parts of the African Continent. This would be followed by public debates from science students from four tertiary institutions in Western Area. Despite having signed the grant agreement, the funds are yet to be transferred as the National Chapter Coordinator is yet to provide banking details to facilitate the transfer of the grant.
As part of the events of the 2010 Uganda National Science Week (NSC) and in Commemoration of African Scientific Rival Day, ATPS Uganda Chapter partnered with the Uganda National Council for Science and Technology (UNCST) and Café Scientifique – Uganda among other activities to host a scientific debate for secondary schools under the theme Socialising Science and Technology Today for Sustainable Development Tomorrow. The event was held in Kampala, on Tuesday 21st September 2010, bringing together twenty (20) secondary school students around Kampala, their teachers, ATPS members and key resource persons to debate on selected pertinent science topics. The debate was intended to popularize science among the students, teachers and the general public in order to; provide a relaxed but interesting approach to understanding science in people’s daily lives; foster positive thinking towards science careers among the secondary school science students; and encourage interaction and networking among youth with similar scientific interests for future applications.
The ATPS-Senegal chapter once again collaborated with the Centre International de Formation et de Recherche en Energie Solaire de Dakar (CIFRES) to commemorate the African Scientific Revival Day. An event on the theme Promotion Research among African Youth for Africa’s Development was organized and the report from this activity is expected soon. CIFRES is an organization that provides training and research opportunities on these renewable energies such as solar energy, and photovoltaic and wind turbine. The scientific revival day enabled the ATPS-Senegal chapter to reach out to a wide audience (universities, government departments, parliamentary, embassies) on the popularization of Science and technology. It also provided a chance to show-case the importance that ATPS attaches to the empowerment of the young African researchers which is one of the best levers to the development of Africa. The event took place on June 30, 2010 at the Ecole Supérieure Polytechnique – Dakar focusing on a series of presentations on energy and the environment, from young African researchers from the Senegalese University community.
Posted on Wednesday 6th April, 2011