November is science and Technology Month
The Scientific Research Council (SRC) will be spearheading a number of activities across Jamaica for the month of November, demonstrating how science and technology can contribute to the overall development of the island. Under the theme, 'Science and Technology for Economic Development: Science for Life,' the SRC will highlight the importance of science and technology for economic development as demonstrated by developed countries.
Science and technology activities are executed by SRC daily, however, the month of November is set aside to focus on and highlight science, technology and innovation activities. Some of the objectives of the month-long activity are to foster a culture of science, technology and innovation, and to celebrate outstanding achievers and motivate others.
At the ceremony held at King's House, chairman of the SRC board, Mellissa McHargh, said as an agency of the Ministry of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining, the SRC is committed to promoting the strategic application of science, technology and innovation as an engine of growth for Jamaica.
"The SRC collaborates with other entities in the execution of its mandate. Entities such as the National Commission on Science and Technology (NCST), the manufacturing sector, educational institutions etc, that plays an integral role in making the month successful. Innovation must be seen as a solution for overcoming poverty and the SRC focuses on information dissemination and developing grass-roots innovations with this end in mind," McHargh said.
"We constantly examine the evidence in respect of the status of science, technology and innovation, or STI, in Jamaica; the barriers and challenges to effective STI; and give focus to the priorities distilled from our various research and projects undertaken over the decades. Science is alive, but like everything living it must be nurtured and fed," McHargh said.
Some of the activities for the month include Science in the Park, an oratorical competition, tours of scientific institutions and projects, including the Wigton WindFarm, SRC food pilot plant and laboratories, and tours of manufacturing plants. A science and technology conference will be held at the Jamaica Pegasus hotel from November 10 to 12, and the National Medal in Science and Technology and Innovation Awards Ceremony will be held on November 12, 2014.