NCST TO HOST INAUGURAL SCIENCE WEEK

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Government’s National Council for Science and Technology (NCST) will observe Science Week from December 03 to 08.

The NCST, a department of the Ministry of Commerce Consumer Affairs and Business Development, will be staging a series of activities to commemorate this inaugural event.

On Sunday, December 03 there will be a service at the St. Mary’s Church beginning at 8:00 a.m., which will be attended by Minister of Commerce, Consumer Affairs and Business Development, Senator Lynette Eastmond, staff of the Ministry, NCST and other departments under the ministry.

Monday, December 04 will see the start of the schools science lecture series at the Grande Salle, Tom Adams Financial Centre. Deighton Griffith and the Seventh Day Adventist Secondary Schools will debate the topic “Wind Energy and Hydroelectric power are not viable in the Caribbean”.
Minister Eastmond will deliver remarks at the start of the debating series while Mr. David Ince, Electricity Analyst with the Fair Trading Commission, will give a presentation following the debate.

The schools science lecture series continues on Tuesday, December 05, with the Alexandra School and Barbados Community College debating the topic “In view of dwindling Flying Fish and other capture Fisheries Stock; Aquaculture is a Viable Alternative for Fisheries in Barbados”. A presentation will follow by Professor Hazel Oxenford, Lecturer, Centre for Resource Management and Environmental Studies (CERMES), University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus.

On Wednesday, December 06, there will be a career showcase at the Sherbourne Conference Centre focusing on the theme “A-Z of Careers in Science and  Technology” beginning at 10:00 a.m.

Thursday, December 07, the St. Michael School and Queen’s College will debate the topic “Coastal Degradation as has been occurring on the South Coast of Barbados is Human-Induced” when the schools science lecture series continues. Dr. Leo Brewster, Director of the Coastal Zone Management Unit, will give a presentation following the debate.

The inaugural science week lecture will take place at the Sherbourne Conference Centre, on Thursday, December 07, at 7:30 p.m. The topic, Bio-ethics (the discipline which deals with the moral issues in biological research and applications), will be presented by Medical Researcher, Professor Courtney Bartholomew, who is the Founder and Director of the Medical Research Foundation of Trinidad and Tobago.

On Friday, December 08, will be the fourth preliminary round in the schools science lecture series with Combermere and Samuel Jackman Prescod Polytechnic debating the topic “Diversification will solve Barbados’ agricultural problems”. Senator Dr. Frances Chandler, an Agronomist and Agricultural Consultant, will give a presentation following the debate.

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