Ghana
Open Science Symposium

Exploring Pathways for Open Science Policy Direction

About the event

The global irrevocable and free access to quality research and data that is Open Science promises to accelerate the rate of discoveries and significantly increase the impact of research and education and the skills for growth in emerging economies.

However, such open scholarship must be adopted to ensure real and substantial benefits for research and societies in Ghana. Part of the challenge is to understand the local landscape and identify strategic opportunities for intervention where contextually tailored solutions can be developed and aligned with global standards.

The science, education and research community of policy-makers, practitioners, activists and funders in Ghana will gather to discuss a wide array of open science matters, including infrastructure, policy and capacity building, at the Ghana Open Symposium on October 19, 2022. in Accra.

After successful events in Nigeria and Cote d'Ivoire, the third iteration of the LIBSENSE Open Science Roadmaps in Ghana will seek to:

  1. Highlight the importance of open science/scholarship and access to research in achieving the SDGs and develop a shared vision for an open science policy framework for Ghana
  2. Consult with diverse stakeholders and partners to understand the landscape and establish a priority-setting process
  3. Identify opportunities for building synergies in the science, tech, and innovation ecosystem for open science
  4. Co-create a roadmap for an enabling policy environment for Ghana, including priority infrastructure and capacity building

The event is organised by WACREN in collaboration with the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MESTI), the Ghanaian Academic and Research Network (GARNET) and the Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Ghana (CARLIGH), with support and funding from the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) UK.

Speakers

Dr. Kwaku Afriyie

Minister at the Ministry of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation (MESTI)

Dr. Kwaku Afriyie

Minister at the Ministry of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation (MESTI)

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UNESCO

UNESCO



Dr. Wilhelmina Quaye

Director at CSIR-Science and Technology Policy Research Institute (STEPRI)

Dr. Wilhelmina Quaye

Director at CSIR-Science and Technology Policy Research Institute (STEPRI)

Kathleen Shearer

Executive Director of COAR (Confederation of Open Access Repositories)

Kathleen Shearer

Executive Director of COAR (Confederation of Open Access Repositories)

Kathleen Shearer has been the Executive Director of COAR since 2013. She has worked in open access, open science, scholarly communications, and research data management for over 15 years. She is based in Montreal, Canada and participates in numerous other organizations to advance open science worldwide. She is the author of numerous publications and delivered many presentations at international events. Most recently, she was the lead author of the paper Fostering Bibliodiversity in Scholarly Communications: A Call for Action (April 2020) and presented the keynote speech at the Open Repositories Conference in June 2020. Shearer is also a Research Associate with the Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL) and has been instrumental in many of CARL’s activities related to open science, including the launch of the Portage Initiative in Canada, a national research data management network.

Lucas Chigabatia

CEO, Ghanaian Academic and Research Network (GARNET)

Lucas Chigabatia

CEO, Ghanaian Academic and Research Network (GARNET)

Lucas Yikimpa Chigabatia is the CEO for Ghanaian Academic and Research Network (GARNET). He is the former Chief Information Technology Officer (CITO) of the University of Ghana. In this role he led the delivery of the IT strategic objectives and operational support activities of the University of Ghana, providing leadership in the development and use of ICT to enhance Teaching, Learning, Research and Administrative activities in the University.

He has accountability for IT transformational agenda of the University for improving the overall efficiency and effectiveness, He made IT Service Delivery a priority on his assumption of the role in 2013 and has championed the documentation, upgrade and re-alignment of key business processes culminating in the automation and improvement of key business processes in the University of Ghana.

Lucas has a long track record in the planning and management of large and complex Information Technology infrastructure and systems projects in the manufacturing, services, mining, and education industries.

He began his career at Unilever Ghana Limited in 1994 as the Information Technology Manager for the Lever Brothers Division, and quickly established a reputation for getting things done.

After taking a two year break in 1996 to pursue an MBA Finance Degree at the University of Ghana, he joined the consultancy firm Conseil Gestion Assistance (CGA) in 1998 and consulted widely for organizations locally and internationally in Zimbabwe, the Ivory Coast and Burkina Faso.
In October 2000, Lucas joined Ashanti Goldfields and led the successful integration of the ICT infrastructure following the merger between Ashanti Goldfields and AngloGold, which created the new global mining company, AngloGold Ashanti in 2004. Following the merger, Lucas was promoted and appointed IT Manager for the West Africa Region of AngloGold Ashanti.
In 2008 he was again promoted and appointed the Manager, Knowledge and Information Technology for the Continental Africa Region of the company with accountability for IT in seven African countries in West, East and Central Africa. He stayed in this role until he joined the University of Ghana in October 2013 as Chief Information Technology Officer.

Lucas has an MSc. in Computer Science from the Kharkov Institute of Engineering and Economics (Ukraine), a Master of Business Administration in Finance from the University of Ghana, and an Associate Degree in General Management with a focus on Transformational Leadership and Managerial Practice from the University of Cape Town (South Africa).
He is a member of the Project Management Institute (PMI).

FCDO

FCDO



"Youth Wing"

"Youth Wing"

Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences

Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences



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