Theme: Stimuli for Health, Wealth and Wellness.
Theme: Green gold: Medicinal Ganja and other natural products – a potential source of wealth.
The Scientific Research Council held its 3rd Biennial (S&T) Science and Technology Conference at The Jamaica Pegasus Hotel, Knutsford Boulevard, Kingston 5, November 10 – 12, 2014. The Conference Theme was : Green gold: Medicinal Ganja and other natural products – a potential source of wealth.
The Conference was focus on Medicinal Ganja and other Natural Products and was geared towards continuing the revolution that was already started , highlighting the myriad possibilities for the potential use of medical marijuana as a solution to good health and wellness globally.
The event provided a forum for researchers, academics, investors, students and members of the private sector, public sector and the general public to participate in lectures, presentations, exhibitions and discussions and they were informed of developments in the Natural Products sector.
Theme: Science and Technology driving development – competitive edge for Caribbean entities
A Science, Technology and Innovation Conference was hosted by the Scientific Research Council in conjunction an EU/ACP funded initiative called Caribbean Welcome. This event was held at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in Kingston from November 6 to 8. The Theme
of Conference was Science and Technology driving development – competitive edge for Caribbean entities. Several world class speakers and leading Research Scientists were able to share information on applications of Science Technology and Innovation and how results from these efforts could lead to wealth creation. Persons attending the Conference were kept abreast of state of the art technologies. The Conference also provided a forum for networking with an interdisciplinary group – researchers, business persons, innovators from all fields related to science, technology and business.
Guest speaker for the Opening Ceremony of the Conference was Dr Cardinal Warde – leading Barbadian Electronic Engineer Professor from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Boston in the US. Professor Warde.
Professor Warde cited the challenges the Caribbean faced in the teaching of Science and Technology throughout schools, pointing to the need for Science and Technology education reform throughout the region. He called for more use of technology in the classroom and greater regional collaboration in solving these problems.
On Day 2, November 7, a keynote address was delivered by Mr Robert Rashford, a Jamaican Aerospace Engineer from NASA who also makes tools for use in outer space. He shared his experiences as a Jamaican working in the world of space, stressing the need for good work ethics, team effort and a positive approach to problem solving as key factors for survival in the competitive business world.
Overview and Short Papers
Short paper presentations and overview presentations were delivered over the two days. Presentations were of a high quality with a range of content ranging from assessing how Science and Technology and Innovation has evolved over the years, the impact of these technologies on businesses to date and pointing to the need to have closer collaboration between academia, business and government.
Members of the public joined in discussions with a Panel of key outstanding persons in the Jamaican society later in the day. They reflected on the lessons learnt from the past fifty years acknowledging the achievements, challenges and opportunities gained over time in moving forward as a result. Highlights of the application of some new technologies in music, agro- industry, energy in business and medicine on the horizon were presented. Panelists included Mr James Moss-Solomon, Mr Christopher Levy, Mr Kingsley Cooper (IBO Cooper) and Dr Winston Davidson. The session was chaired by Mr Robert Rashford NASA Aerospace Engineer.
Exposition of Local Entrepreneurs
Running alongside the Conference was an Exhibition where local entrepreneurs got an opportunity to showcase some of their technologies. The Exhibition was opened by Minister of State in the Ministry of Science, Technology and Energy the Hon Julian Robinson and Mrs Mellissa McHargh, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the SRC.
Past Conference Themes
|2016||Stimuli for Health Wealth and Wellness|
|2014||Green gold: Medicinal Ganja and other natural products – a potential source of wealth.|
|2012||Science & Technology Driving Development: Competitive Edge for Caribbean Entities|
|2010||Green Technologies for Survival|
|2008||Science and Technology: Driving Industry and Commerce|
|2007||Science and Technology: Driving Youth Development|
|2006||Science and Technology for Economic Development: Impacting the CARICOM Single Market (CSM)|
|2005||Science and Technology for Economic Development: Energy in the 21st Century|
|2004||Science and Technology for Economic Development: Transforming Research Results and Traditional Knowledge into Viable Business|
|2003||Science and Technology for Economic Development: Technology Driven Agriculture and Agroprocessing|
|2002||Science and Technology for Economic Development: Towards Health, Wealth and Knowledge|
|2001||Science and Technology for Economic Development: The Bioextraction Industry|
|2000||Genes & Their Impact|
|1999||Information Technology for National Development|
|1998||Zero Waste Processing|
|1997||Managing Science & Technology in the 21st Century|
|1996||Science & Technology: An Investment|
|1995||Science & Technology for All|
|1994||Agro-Industry: Competitive Edge through Science & Technology|
|1992||Food & Nutrition|
|1991||Science & Technology in Industry|
|1989||Agriculture Development for the 21st Century|
|1988||Biotechnology for Development|
|1987||Science and Technology in Jamaica|