The Ghana STEM space has made some great strides this year with some new comers on the scene and oldies breaking boundaries. We conclude 2017 with a recap of some of the achievers we celebrated throughout the year.
Larissa Bowen-Dodoo of Levers in Heels officially became a member of the Global Shapers Community (Accra Hub) and went on to become president of the Accra hub. She also had her first academic publication on Ergonomics assessment of locally fabricated passenger seats in trotro vehicles in Accra, Ghana.
Next Einstein Ambassador Gameli made it to the finals of the British Council 2017 study UK alumni awards and subsequently won in the social impact category. He’s been an adviser and friend of GhScientific and the Ghana STEM network. He also curates the Global Lab Network on facebook. Visit their page here.
Dr Kingsley Badu of KNUST was named one of 22 exceptional young African Scientists by the African Academy of Sciences for his contribution to research. Another young African Scientist Dr Aku Kwamie was selected to represent Ghana at the 2018 Next Einstein Forum.
Kwame Ababio of Green Afro-Palms and his team emerged one of three winners at the AfDB Agripreneur of the year 2017 competition. They were subsequently invited to participate in the Agripreneur side event at the Bank’s Annual Meetings in India. Farmerline was also one of the Winners at the 2017 King Baudouin Africa Development Prize which celebrates contributions to African development.
Harry Akligoh was inducted as a Medical Laboratory Scientist during the 7th induction ceremony held by the Allied Health Professions Council (AHPC) his organisation Practical Science Initiative (PSI) were nominated for the UMB Ghana Tertiary Awards and subsequently went on to win. Practical Science Initiative continues to encourage girls in the Volta Region to explore and consider STEM careers.
On girls in STEM, the first cohort of girls from the Africa Science Academy graduated and many have secured places at high ranking universities worldwide. Ms Ivy Barley of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) won the 2017 TEN Ghana contest. We were also pleased to see the SSCE results from Zuweira Mohammed after her excellent performance at the National Science and Maths Quiz and that of the other finalist and Archbishop porter girls made it to the First Global Robotics competition. Dr. Yvonne Commodore-Mensah was named the new Executive Director and CEO of the African Research Academies for Women taking over from Kwadwo Sarpong.
Bianca Amoabeng from Ghana International School (GIS) and Kyle Amoah from SOS-Hermann Gmeiner International College (SOS) won gold at the recently ended Eskom International Expo for young scientist in South Africa.
On the organisational level, The University of Ghana officially received their international accreditation award from the Royal Society of Biology in recognition of their outstanding bioscience degree and Mount Olivet was the only African finalist at the Google MOONBOTS competition. The Ghana Science Association also launched a science radio show on STARR FM to widen their reach.
Finally, we celebrate Lucy Quist for her selfless contribution and support for STEM in Ghana and abroad.