The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) is the foremost national science and technology research institution in Ghana. The Council was established in its present form by NLC Decree 293 of 10th October, 1968 and re-established by CSIR Act 521 of 26th November, 1996. Currently, the council has thirteen (13) research institutes conducting various forms of research from production to policy. The CSIR is mandated to pursue, among others, the implementation of government policies on scientific research and development, coordination of R&D activities for other S&T institutions for national development. The CSIR is further required to commercialize appropriate technologies, in partnership with the private sector and other stakeholders to offer effective solutions to industry and the world at large.
Council for Scientific and Industrial Research
Frontage of CSIR-STEPRI.
The CSIR is mandated to pursue, among others, the implementation of government policies on scientific research and development, coordinate R&D activities in the CSIR and other S&T institutions nationwide and assist the government in the formulation of S&T policies for national development. The CSIR is further required to commercialize appropriate technologies, in partnership with the private sector and other stakeholders, and encourage in the national interest, scientific and industrial research of importance for the development of agriculture, health, medicine, environment, technology and other service sectors of the economy.
The Council’s vision is using the transforming power of Science and Technology for wealth creation.
The mission of the CSIR is to become the force for accelerated social and economic development of Ghana through examining, exploring and creating Science and Technology catalysts for public and private wealth creation.
Staff, Ready for GLOBELICS 2018.
CSIR-STEPRI: The 2018 Host
On the other hand, the science and Technology Policy Research Institute is one of the thirteen (13) institutes under the Council. It was established with the primary mission to conduct research to provide knowledge-based information to contribute to the formulation and implementation of policies and programmes for socio-economic development on the basis of Science, Technology and Innovation (STI). By this mandate, the institute acts as a focal point to articulate policies and programmes on national STI development. Over the years, the research deliverables of the institute have contributed enormously in the pursuit of Science, Technology and Innovation which is the tool for the socioeconomic development of Ghana. The Institute’s activities are based on these four (4) core thematic programmes within its mandate:
New Block, CSIR-STEPRI .
- Monitoring and assessment of S&T policies in all sectors of the economy;
- Assimilation and popularization of S&T;
- Facilitation and commercialization of technology innovations;
- Survey on S&T human resource development and management; and
- Evaluation of technology transfer and diffusion
Thematic programme number 2 gives the Institute the mandate and empowers it with capacity to organise and conduct research outreaches, policy dialogues, stakeholder engagement workshops on scientific discoveries as well as conferences. It is against this background that the Institute is the host of 2018 GLOBELICS conference given that it falls within its mandate and capacity. As a preparatory to GLOBELICS 2018, an international conference was organised to serve as a launchpad to GLOBELICS 2018 which had a very successful turnout with about 100 participants; locally and internationally. Prior to ICGhana 2016, the Institute has had the opportunity to host high level events and prominent among them was the UNESCO’s High-Level Dialogue of African Ministers and Legislators in 2015. The dialogue was on the theme, Mobilising Science Technology and Innovation (STI) for Africa’s Sustainable Development, Post 2015. It attracted ministers and parliamentarians from all over Africa and was very successful. The Institute hence have the human resource capacity and skills to organize and host a high conference as GLOBELICS.