The Department of Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology of the University of Ghana has rolled out activities for its Golden jubilee with a call for prioritisation of science to propel the development of the country.
Speakers at an inter-faculty event moderated by Professor Audrey Gadzekpo, recommended education and communicating the relevance of science to society, debate on consumptive lifestyles and the need for science and policy contracts to help government appreciate the value of scientific advice.
The five day event is on the theme “Understanding Health and Diseases in Ghana and Beyond Through Advanced Molecular Technologies.”
Speaking on the topic “What Does Science Mean to You: From a Political Science Perspective”, Dr Evans Aggrey Darko, a Political Science lecturer of the University noted that everyone was affected by politics.
“The media is full of political developments- economics, conflicts; policies etc. political scientists try to bring order to this material by bringing understanding out of the chaos and improve the way we think about political problems”.
Political science is an academic discipline which systematically describes, analyses and explains the workings and operations of government and the relationship between political and non-political institutions and processes.
It is a scientific field that aims at developing reliable explanation of phenomena through repeatable experiment, observation and deduction. It is usually value free and objective
For the political scientists, the desire to follow scientific methodology is motivated by the need to be rigorous and critical.
However, there are problem areas of data, the existence of human values, and the myth of neutrality among other issues.
Dr Aggrey Darko said as a political scientist he admired the structure of the scientific field which gathered knowledge, investigates, works with hypothesis and experiments, knowledge validation and dissemination and practical application in industry and manufacturing.
He was of the view that application of science affected everyone- agriculture and food production, genetic research in medicine, diagnostic tests and genetic screening, development in medication, global change and energy which affected everybody.
Mr Moaideen Mohammed of the Presbyterian Boys Senior High and David Osuteye of the Wesley Grammar Senior High schools admitted in their debate that science made one a thinker and called for the training of science in teacher training schools to help the current generation of students engage the rest of the world.
Dr. J.P. Adjimani, a Biochemist at the Faculty said scientists could work in industry, government and academia and called for resources to train scientist to solve the country’s problems instead of training them outside the country.
Dr Yaa Difie, a former Head of the Faculty said students should not think it was a bother when asked to do the basics in science because it offered them a solid foundation for the future and also supported the call to prioritise science for national development.
The event ended with a debate on the topic “Creation or Evolution.
Activities to mark the Golden Jubilee include a dinner dance, an open day to offer the public the platform to interact with staff and a tour of research laboratories. GNA