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The Scientific Research Council (SRC) will be spearheading a series of events in observance of National Science and Technology Month, which is being celebrated throughout November under the theme, ‘Science and Technology for Economic Development: Energy in the 21st Century’.
General Manager of SRC’s subsidiary, Marketech Limited, Roselyn Fisher told JIS News that the planned activities “will ultimately engender public understanding and appreciation about the application of science and technology, and its impact on Jamaica’s economic growth and development”.
One of the highlights of the week’s activities is Jamaica’s first Sorrel Festival, which will take place on Saturday, November 19 between 10:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. on the East Lawns of Devon House. The event will showcase the wide-range of sorrel-based products now available as well as potential products.Miss Fisher explained that the festival would “stimulate the development of the local sorrel industry by creating awareness among Jamaicans of the various uses of sorrel,” which she noted went beyond seeing “sorrel as the preferred Christmas drink to its medicinal, cosmetic and food usage.”
The Festival will also give producers of sorrel-based products the opportunity to network, promote and sell their products. Information booths and a speakers’ forum will be a part of the day’s activities where presenters will explore the facts on sorrel in its various forms and usage.
From November 22 to 24, the 19th Annual Science and Technology Conference and Exposition will take place at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in New Kingston.
The three-day conference and exposition will seek to examine how Jamaica has and can further utilize science and technology for agriculture, food processing and knowledge purposes. Local and internationally acclaimed scientists and technologists, representatives from public and private sectors and industry leaders will make presentations and demonstrate science and technology as a powerful economic tool.
Presentation topics will include: Energy Diversification, Energy Policy and Regulation, Energy Efficiency and Conservation, and New and Renewable Energy. Guest speaker at the conference will be former Leader of the Opposition, Edward Seaga.
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 Top Achievers in Science for 2005 and they will be presented to outstanding achievers in CXC and CAPE Science-related subjects.
Minister of Commerce, Science and Technology, Phillip Paulwell, will for the first time present the National Innovation Awards for Science and Technology in a stellar event.
The National Innovation Awards will celebrate outstanding achievements of innovators in science and technology and will serve to sensitize, stimulate and encourage stakeholders to use science and technology in their endeavours, ultimately creating an enabling environment for innovation and creativity.
The awardees will be selected from various categories including: Agriculture and Food, Education, Energy, Engineering, Environmental Sustainability and Popularization of Science and Technology. The Top Innovator Award recipient will emerge from among the National Innovation awardees.
Guest Speaker at the awards ceremony will be Francesca Toso, Senior Counsellor in the Economic Development Bureau for Latin America and the Caribbean, at the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO), in Geneva.

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