The Global School Virtual Event Series: Africa

Friday, November 06, 2020
8:30 am to 11:30 am

The Global School Virtual Event Series is a year long celebration of the The Global School at WPI and aims to highlight and grow the projects, research, and collaborations WPI has all over the world while focusing on global grand challenge themes.

Science and technology have important roles to play in the improvement of well-being no matter where one lives in the world. Despite the potential, efforts to enlist science and technology to improve people’s lives in the Global South has a troubled past. Today, WPI and its partners across sub-Saharan Africa demonstrate what authentic, peer-to-peer, scientific knowledge production and technological innovation can look like. It starts with a recognition that scientific knowledge and technological innovation occur largely outside the labs and other traditional domains of western expertise. It is also respectful of different traditions. Indeed, Africans have a long history of solving their own problems through scientific discovery and technological innovation. This event celebrates our rich partnerships and deep engagements with organizations based in and doing work in sub-Saharan Africa. Together we will share with those in attendance the exciting work WPI and its partners are carrying out in Africa under the auspices of Science and Technology for Development.

Register for November 6

When your registration is complete, you will receive an email with the zoom webinar link for November 6. This email will also give you the option to add the event and zoom link to your calendar.

8:30 am - 8:45 am Welcome, Provost Soboyejo
8:45 am - 9:45 am

KEYNOTE SPEAKER

HE Dr. Barfuor Adjei-Barwuah, Ghana's Ambassador to the US

9:45 am - 10:00 am Break
10:00 am - 10:15 am Remarks by William Goriwondo, Dean: Faculty of Engineering, National University of Science and Technology (NUST)
10:15 am - 11:15 am

Science and Technology for Innovation in Africa: A Panel Discussion

This panel will focus on how authentic partnerships lead to the co-production of scientific knowledge and technological innovation. The conversation will turn on the reciprocal relationship that is required between US and African innovators if we are to solve not only Africa’s problems, but our own.  


Moderator: Rob Krueger, WPI
Panelists: HE Dr. Barfuor Adjei-Barwuah, Ghana's Ambassador to the US; William Goriwondo, National University of Science and Technology; Joelle Hanley, WPI Biomedical Engineering Student; Jermoh Kamara, WPI and HVK Childrens Foundation; Fred McBagonluri, Academic City College, Ghana; Terence McGoldrick, Providence College and The Global Sustainable Aid Project; Solomon Mensah, WPI Post-Doc, BME-InSTeD; and Meron Tadesse, WPI MS student Science and Technology for Innovation in Global Development
11:15 am - 11:30 am Wrap Up and Q&A, Rob Krueger
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