By John Owoo
(At The University of Ghana – Legon)
Dr. Frank George Bernasko, a medical officer with the Presbyterian Hospital in Akyem Agogo last week won the 2017 edition of Falling Walls Lab, which was held at the University of Ghana, Legon.
Founded by the Falling Walls Foundation with support from A.T. Kearney in Central Europe, the competition aims at connecting aspiring innovators, discover and develop talents, support interdisciplinary dialogue / international cooperation, and develop new ways of scientific communication while building up new and strong networks.
Dr Bernasko presented a cost effective system that will be mounted on the surface of the sea and effectively tap energy from both incoming and receding waves to generate and supply electricity to local communities at moderate charges.
Eric Opoku Osei from the University of Ghana (Legon) and Dr. Nii Amu Dodoo from the Kwame Nkumah University of Science and Technology (Kumasi), took the second and third positions at the keenly contested competition, which involved twenty-two participants from diverse tertiary institutions and organizations throughout the country.
Presentations include solutions to water pollution, manufacturing trucks with local content to clean open drains, use of folklore to contain sanitation problems, effective dissemination of research findings, fresh water governance and use of simple equipment to curtail malaria infections.
Others are ending the perennial leakage of examination papers, global warming, plastic bag pollution, youth unemployment, adulteration / unsustainable use of plants for herbal medicine and alcoholic beverages, domestic violence and the eradication of illiteracy and superstition.
In a message to the participants, Bernhard Ables, Deputy Head of Mission at the German Embassy in Accra, said it is time to break down walls through science, politics, arts and diverse areas of endeavors adding that this is significant as the fall of the Berlin wall is in its 28th year.
Members of a jury that vetted the presentations include Prof. Nana Aba Appiah Amfo (Dean, School of Languages – University of Ghana), Prof Mansa Prah (formerly of the University of Cape Coast), Prof. Felix Asante (Director, Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic Research – University of Ghana) and Maximilian Butek (Country Director, Delegation of German Industry and Commerce in Ghana).
The rest are Dr. Wazi Apoh (Head, Department of Archaeology and Heritage Studies – University of Ghana), Dr. Francis Boateng Agyenim (Director, Institute of Industrial Research), Dr. Rosina Kyeremanten (Director, ARPPIS – University of Ghana), Director – Association of Ghana Industries) and Dr. Godfrey Mills (Head, Department of Computer Engineering – University of Ghana).
The programme was organized and supported by the Falling Walls Foundation (Germany), DAAD Information Centre and the Goethe-Institut – both in Accra.