The government of Ghana through the Ministry of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation (MESTI) has launched a center for Innovation and Research Commercialization, Hon. Patricia Appiagyei, deputy minister of the sector, has announced.
“This center will bridge the gap between academia, research and the industry ensuring that the research work would be converted into viable industrial applications,” she said
She was speaking at the ‘United Nations International Day for Women and Girls in Science’ held in Accra under the auspices of United Nations Educations, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO); the Ghana Education Service (GES); Women Society of Black Engineers and other stakeholders.
Her comments came as a response to the theme for the occasion: “Investing in Women & Girls in Science for Inclusive Green Growth”.
The deputy minister was touting government’s investment in the areas of Science Technology and Innovation.
The new Innovation and Research Commercialization Center will ensure that the innovation ways in problem solving are well registered and intellectual properties well documented such that “scientist could forever depend on stipends realized”.
“It provides opportunity for female researchers and scientists to see their works commercialized and used by industry to enhance socio-economic development of the nation thus taking their place and economic rights,” She said.
Hon. Appiagyei acknowledge that, “knowledge and skills are important to include the gender perspective in policy, project and development plans pertaining to the field of renewable energy, energy efficiency, climate change, environmental protection and related Sustainable Development Goals.”
Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields have been identified as the new frontier of future jobs. It is estimated that the STEM industry is a 4 trillion industry to create more than 90 million new jobs in the future. However the is low participation of women in the field of science has call for global deliberations.
In 2018, the world was taken aback when the first woman, Donna Strickland, won the Noble Prize for Physics. Such reaction, unfortunately, appears to be a natural response to women attaining such heights.
Prof Daniel Asiedu, provost of Basic and Applied Science at the University of Ghana, speaking on the same platform said, “The low representation of women and girls in science, technology, engineering and mathematics is related to attitude rather than ability.”
“More effort should be made in getting girls interested in the fields of Mathematics, Technology and Engineering.