Background

The Ghana Science Association (GSA) traces its origin to the West African Science Association (WASA) which was formed in 1953 at the University College of the Gold Coast. WASA was formed to provide West African Scientist the forum to advocate the importance of Science and Technology as a necessity and bedrock for national development.

The inauguration of the GSA in 1959 broadened the scope of activities from reading of scientific papers to involvement in national and international affairs. The very first international Conference of GSA was held in Accra in 1961 with a theme “The world without the Bomb”. The Conference attracted a number of eminent Scientists from all over the world. It was this event that catapulted the young nation of Ghana into the world’s scientific arena and also moved Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, the first president of the Republic of Ghana, to adopt the Association and give it regular budgetary support from the consolidated fund. The GSA was mandated to promote, popularize and demystify science and create a scientific culture in the country.

Association is made up of seven branches namely Accra, Cape Coast, Kumasi, Koforidua, Tamale, Sunyani and Asante Mampong branches. Each branch has its own officers made up of the President, Secretary and Treasurer.

Vision, Mission and Objectives

The Vision is:

To become a dominant voice in Science and Technology advocacy by promoting and popularizing Science and Technology to meet national developmental needs.

 

The Mission is:

To advance Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) through interaction and cross-fertilization of ideas of all interested people to:

  • popularize, promote and disseminate scientific information and technology transfer for national development,
  • establish linkages with industry to promote transfer and application of Science,
  • contribute to the development of national Science and Technology policy,
  • Seek affiliation and foster cooperative links with other national organizations.

 

The Main Policy Objectives Are To:

  1. Encourage scientific and technological researches that contribute to socio-economic development of Ghana.
  2. Promote the understanding of science and technology through formal and informal education to the rudiments of everyday life.
  3. Contribute to the formulation and implementation of national policy in science and technology.
  4. Promote relevant technology transfer to industry and other end users
  5. Seek affiliation and foster cooperative links with other national and international organizations.
  6. Commercialize research findings and technology to promote economic development.
  7. Develop strategies and effective mechanisms to track and evaluate the impact of short-term and long-term effects of under-resourcing national institutions involved in S & T research.

The Ghana Science Association is therefore a subvented agency under the Ministry of Education (MOE) through the National Council for Tertiary Education (NCTE). The Association is made up of seven branches namely Accra, Cape Coast, Kumasi, Koforidua, Tamale, Sunyani and Asante Mampong branches. Each branch has its own officers made up of the President, Secretary and Treasurer.

 

Achievements

Issues of national importance have been regularly and consistently highlighted at biennial workshops, conferences etc. The Association has made significant recommendations to government that have resulted in formulation and implementation of policies and creation of institutions that have benefited the Ghanaian economy. These include:

  • Planning and establishment of the Ghana Academy of Science (GAS) now the Ghana Academy of Arts and Science (GAAS)’
  • Establishment of Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR)
  • Establishment of the Environmental Protection Council, the forerunner of the Environmental Protection Agency
  • Creation of a full Ministry of Science and Technology which was subsequently changed to the Ministry of Environment, Science and Technology and Innovation.
  • Idea of establishing a faculty of Agriculture at the University of Cape Coast.
  • Formulation and discussion on National Science and Technology policy.
  • Formation of the National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO).
  • Formation of Ghana Standard now Ghana Standard Authority.
  • Formation of fisheries Commission.
  • Establishment of Food Research Institute of the CSIR.
  • Government’s Low Cost Housing Project for workers.
  • Promulgation and passing of Timber utilization law.
  • Introduction of Science, Technology and Research Fund.
  • Formation of National Plastic waste Management Committee.
  • Adoption of Cocoa as a national beverage and celebration of Cocoa Day.