KNUST Scientists and Engineers Host Research Dissemination Seminar with The Multimedia Group

Scientific discoveries and research results that may have an impact on society often do not reach the public space due to a communication problem between researchers and the consuming public.

Scientists and researchers in most African countries, including Ghana, face the challenge of communicating their findings for public consumption.

To reverse the trend, the Faculty of Mechanical and Chemical Engineering at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology is equipping its teachers with communication skills in research dissemination.

The Research Communication Seminar aims to build the capacity of researchers to better communicate their findings to the public.

The Head of Mechanical Engineering Department, Professor George Yaw Obeng, acknowledged that some scientists and science students in Ghana lack relevant skills and knowledge for effective communication.

“Are ordinary Ghanaians benefiting from the results of our research? Are our students well trained for interviews? Is our research visible and accessible to Ghanaians? Unfortunately, we are not sure if our answer is simply yes or no,” said Professor Anthony.

Professor Obeng said that “having the skills to communicate research effectively will have a positive impact on both researchers and the public”.

He is convinced that acquiring effective communication skills would allow researchers to have an ultimate impact on society.

Scientific discoveries and research results that may have an impact on society often do not reach the public space due to a communication problem between researchers and the consuming public.

Scientists and researchers in most African countries, including Ghana, face the challenge of communicating their findings for public consumption.

Researchers learned skills in writing for broadcasts, preparing for interviews, media exposure and, most importantly, how to disseminate the results of their research.

Resource persons from the Multimedia Group’s Kumasi unit, Kofi Adu Domfeh and Kwasi Debrah, taught participants practical skills in effective research communication.

Associate Professor at KNUST’s Brew-Hammond Energy Centre, Professor Francis Kemausuor, agreed that the training would help scientists stay relevant in public and scientific spaces.

“KNUST as an institution strives to be one of the best in Africa, this means that we scholars need to be visible to project the school.

“This exercise is very useful for us as an institution to help make the school’s researchers more visible in public and scientific spaces.

“Media visibility also allows the school to be ranked among the best in the world,” he said.

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