The Editor of Everyday Science for Schools Magazine, Dr. Jacob Agbenorhevi has called on Lecturers and Scientists to cultivate the habit of publishing their research findings for the benefit of society. He said for a successful career in the Academia, publishing of research findings cannot be underestimated because it helps bring to light the work undertaken by researchers. Dr. Agbenorhevi was speaking at the inauguration of the UENR branch of Ghana Science Association(GSA) in Sunyani.
He added that such move will inspire the younger generation to understand the need to study and imbibe into science and technology in Ghana. He associated his call to a statement saying “as Scientists and Lecturers, you either publish or perish”. He encouraged the members of GSA UENR to contribute more articles for publication.
A Lecturer at the Department of Languages and General Studies, Mrs. Charity Odumale-Roberts recounted the history of the Ghana Science Association in Sunyani. She said the association was form under the auspices of the former Pro Vice-Chancellor of UENR, Prof. Daniel Obeng Ofori in June 2014 but admitted that the association has undergone various transformation and challenges hence the need to reorganize the UENR branch to foster a brighter future towards formation of the regional chapter of GSA.
The President of the Kumasi branch of the Association, Dr. Nathaniel Boadi said GSA was formed by an Act of Parliament in 1959 with the mandate to promote science, technology and create ideas for mutual benefits. He said GSA sought to promote the understanding of science through teaching and research, to help promote policies of science and technology as well as the welfare of scientists and researchers. Dr. Boadi encouraged Lecturers and Scientists to join the Association since it creates network platform for scientist to publish their findings to a larger audience and uphold the study of science in the Brong Ahafo Region.
The Pro Vice-Chancellor of UENR, Prof. Emmanuel Opuni-Frimpong expressed contentment for the existence of GSA in UENR. He said the Association was inaugurated at the right institution as the mission of UENR was to promote science, technology and natural resources. He said the Association will aid liaise for ideas towards a greater advocacy for science and technology in Ghana. Prof Opuni Frimpong encouraged members of the association to be innovative and embark on research based programmes that will result in positive impact to the country, aside the social benefits of being a member. He assured management’s support for the Association.
Science teachers from some second cycle institutions in the Brong Ahafo Region were also present to grace the occasion.