The International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies 2015 (IYL) has been launched in Accra to commemorate the year-long celebration.
Ghana will lead Africa to celebrate the IYL 2015 with a sub-regional conference and exhibition from 26th – 28th May, 2015 at the Accra International Conference Centre under the theme ‘harnessing light and light-based Technologies for Africa’s Development.’
Launching IYL, 2015 on behalf of the President, John Dramani Mahama, the Minister for Education, Professor Naana Jane opoku-Agyemang called on the stakeholders to focus on science and technology in the education sector, adding that the nation’s development depends largely on the savvy of the science fields.
The President called on the private sector in Ghana and development partners to participate in actualizing the four objectives for the benefit of industry and the sub-region as a whole.
The objectives, he said, are the creation of an Institute for Laser and Fibre Optics at the University of Cape Coast, establishment of a Laser Medical Application Laboratory; establishment of a Solar Technology Research Centre and establishment of a Museum of Light and Light-based Technologies.
Prof. Paul Kingsley Buah-Bassuah, a Professor of Laser and Optical Physics of the University of Cape Coast and a member of the planning committee of the IYL in Ghana, underscored the usefulness of light and light-based technologies.
He said, “Light plays a vital role in our daily lives and is an imperative cross-cutting discipline of science today. It has revolutionized medicine, opened up international communication through the internet and continues to be central to linking cultural, economic and political aspects of the global society.’
Among those who attended the launch were Ministers of Education, Science and Technology, Members of Parliament; representatives of AU, ECOWAS UN Agencies in Ghana, members of the diplomatic corps and development partners.
Also in attendance were key industry players in Optics and Photonics, Vice- Chancellors of Universities and other Academic Institutions and Centres, Students of Physical Societies at the tertiary level, students at the Junior and Senior High School level, as well as Non-Governmental Organizations.
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