Ghana has continued in its quest to leapfrog the nation’s economy through emerging technologies and space science. Started on Monday, Ghana is hosting a week-long workshop on dish conversion for radio astronomy. The workshop is aimed at engaging stakeholders and the academia on mobilizing radio astronomy technology for sustainable development.
The Ghana Space Science Technology Institute (GSSTI) of the Ghana Atomic Energy Commission (GAEC) kicked-off the workshop in Accra on Monday.
The workshop which is funded by the Global Challenge Research Fund (GCRF), a UK agency, is the first of the workshop series to be hosted in Ghana, Mexico, Thailand and the United Kingdom, with a focus on radio astronomy.
The workshop series would engage public and private sector stakeholders and experts to deepen awareness and share knowledge in radio antennae conversion, telescope controls and receiver systems among others, for sustainable development.
According to this report,”the workshop in Ghana would create the platform for participants who are from Africa, Latin America, and Asia, to share engineering expertise on the topic, learn more from Ghana’s Dish Conversion experience, and further build networks to facilitate the onward sharing of knowledge and information after the programme.”
The workshop featured keynote sessions from Prof Adomako, the Director of GSSTI, Prof Melvin Hoare, Chairman of the Science Organising Committee (SOC), Madam Patricia Appiagyei, the Deputy Minister of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation, Prof Benjamin J. Nyarko, the Director-General of the Ghana Atomic Energy Commission and other stakeholders from the ministries and international radio astronomy agencies.
Joseph Ibeh is a Mandela Washington Fellow and Senior Analyst at Space in Africa. His experience spans industry research and market analysis with a focus on African-grown NewSpace companies, commercial space industry, national space programmes and real-life application of space science for sustainable development in Africa.