Science and Technology the Main Focus in November

Photo: Donald Delahaye Governor-General, His Excellency The Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen greets Minister of Science Technology Energy and Mining Hon. Phillip Paulwell at the Proclamation of November as Science and Technology Month held at King’s House recently.

Story Highlights

  • Minister of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining, Hon. Phillip Paulwell, says November will be more active in terms of getting Jamaicans to appreciate the role of science and technology in the country’s development.
  • The Scientific Research Council (SRC), in partnership with the National Commission on Science and Technology (NCST), will spearhead the activities under the theme: ‘Science, Technology and Innovation: The Game Changer for Growth and Development’.
  • The Month’s activities will begin with a church service at the Kingsgate United Church, 49 Hope Road, on Sunday, November 1.

Minister of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining, Hon. Phillip Paulwell, says   November will be more active in terms of getting Jamaicans to appreciate the role of science and technology in the country’s development.

Speaking at a proclamation ceremony to declare November Science and Technology Month, at King’s House, on October 26, the Minister informed that during the month, the Ministry will be undertaking a series of activities “to popularise the use of science and technology.”

The Scientific Research Council (SRC), in partnership with the National Commission on Science and Technology (NCST), will spearhead the activities under the theme: ‘Science, Technology and Innovation: The Game Changer for Growth and Development’.

The Month’s activities will begin with a church service at the Kingsgate United Church, 49 Hope Road, on Sunday, November 1.

Other events include a Hydrogen Conference at the University of Technology (UTech), Papine Campus, on November 4; tours of science and technology institutes islandwide and an Open Day on November 12.

The Open Day, which will be held at the Hope Complex of the SRC, will feature a Robotics Expo and a Research Poster and Oratorical Competition.

“The events are to sensitise the public on the contribution of science and Technology to the development of our country, as well as to showcase the innovative technologies developed by our own scientists in Jamaica,” Mr. Paulwell said.

He added that the programme will also reflect the policies being undertaken by the Ministry and the success stories which have been generated.

The Minister said the focus of the month is on innovation, adding that Jamaica has the local talent, as has been demonstrated with the high school students excelling in robotics, as well as tertiary level students excelling in software and apps creation.

Proclaiming the month, Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, emphasised that science and technology is a critical factor in the eradication of poverty and the key to an enhanced quality of life.

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