The Directorate of Research, Innovation, Publication and Technology Transfer in collaboration with the various faculties has commenced a 3-day research seminar to equip academic staff with the trends in research and grant funding.
The seminar which opened on Tuesday, February 23, 2021, at the University Main Auditorium saw faculty members from the Faculties of Engineering and Built Environment in attendance.
In his welcome address, the Vice-Chancellor of the University, Professor Samuel Nii Odai underscored the essence of research in a tertiary institution such as Accra Technical University. He took the participant through a practical presentation on the foundations of research. He intimated that ‘‘in the university environment and as a lecturer, you either publish or perish’’ to reiterate the core mandate of lecturers.
The Director of Research, Innovation, Publication and Technology Transfer, Dr. Nana Yaw Aabere delivered a presentation titled ‘‘Research Impact and Visibility in ATU’’ to keep the participants abreast with current trends and tools available in conducting and publishing research works. This was followed by another insightful presentation by the Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Professor Amevi Acakpovi, who took the participants through a presentation on grant and research funding. He further showed the various avenues where participants could seek funding for their projects and research works.
To update faculty members on the plans their respective Deans have for them in respect of research, Dr. Asabere facilitated a panel discussion involving the Vice-Chancellor and the Deans of the Faculties of Engineering, and Built Environment, Professor Felix Kutsanedzie and Mr. Seth Allotey, respectively. At the end of the discussion, Dr. Asabere and Prof. Odai encouraged the participants to actively access the dedicated fund for research – the ATU Research Fund (ARIF).
Participants had the opportunity to ask questions and make contributions.
The seminar continues on the 25th and ends on the 26th of February.