JIS News

Prime Minister of Grenada, Dr. Keith Mitchell will be the guest speaker at the 20th annual Science and Technology Conference and Exposition, which will be staged from November 20 to 22 at the Hilton Hotel in New Kingston.
Dr. Mitchell is also Lead Head of CARICOM, with responsibility for Science and Technology.
The event is one of the activities being organized by the Scientific Research Council (SRC), in observance of National Science and Technology Month, which is being celebrated throughout the month of November under the theme: ‘Science and Technology for Economic Development: Impacting the Caribbean Single Market (CSM)’.
Team Leader for Popularization at the SRC, Andrea Heavens, explained to JIS News that, “the theme was chosen because the SRC recognizes that science and technology can be used to successfully integrate the individual economies of the region into a global economy”, adding that the planned activities would increase the awareness of the value of the application of science and technology (S&T) for the economic development of the region.
She outlined that the three-day conference would demonstrate how S&T could provide solutions to challenges arising from globalization and the development of other economic and trading blocs.
Local and regional scientists and technologists, representatives from the public and private sectors and industry leaders will make presentations and demonstrate science and technology as a powerful tool for the development of the CSM.
Presentation topics will include: ‘The CSM Impacting Growth and Profitability of Small and Medium-sized Enterprises’; ‘Science and Technology Creating Business Opportunities’; ‘Poverty Alleviation and Sustainable Development’ and ‘Information & Communication Technologies Driving Regional Integration’.
In addition, several awards will be presented, including the Young Scientist/Technologist Award, initiated in 1990 and sponsored by the Jamaica Public Service Company. This award is presented to a young scientist/technologist who has conducted research in the area of the current conference theme.
Awards will also be given to the island’s Top Achievers in Science for 2006 in CXC and CAPE Science-related subjects.
Miss Heavens noted that prior to the Annual Conference and Exposition, the Council would be hosting an Open House on its grounds on November 10, from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
The Team Leader pointed out that this day “offers an opportunity for the interaction of members of the scientific community with students and the general public”.
She added that the event would feature educational exhibits and would allow for a first hand view at the latest research being conducted at the SRC.
Previous activities included a Thanksgiving Service, which took place at the Swallowfield Chapel on November 5, and a Strategic Marketing Workshop, which was held from November 6 to 7 at the Four Seasons Hotel.
Miss Heavens explained that the two-day workshop specifically targeted small business owners in an effort to assist them, “to strategically place themselves in terms of marketing their products and services”.
The month’s activities began with the launch and proclamation ceremony on October 31 at King’s House.