First day of the two day workshop with GCTU, discussing a variety of topics related to female STEM early career researchers and COVID-19
About this event
Key Speakers: Prof. Lydia Aziato and Ing. Araba Amo Aidoo, Prof. Grace Ofori Sarpong
- Supporting female early career researchers amid COVID-19
- Exploring the Impacts of COVID-19 on the careers of the women in STEM
- An Introduction to the FemaleINSPIRES project
- Facilitators: Dr. Michelle Afrifah
- Topic 1: balancing work, study, and family as a female STEM early career researcher (ECR) in Ghanaian society; reflections on mental health, time, and stress management
- Facilitators: Dr. Ethel Yiranbon
- Topic 2: impact of culture and religion on female ECR STEM career progression
- Facilitators: Dr. Ruhiya Abubakar
- Topic 3: success stories: Ghanaian women in STEM and in research
- Facilitators: Prof. Lydia Aziato, Ing. Araba Amo Aidoo, Dr. Esther Asiedu, Dr. Gertrude Amoakohene
- Zoom one on one Private discussion rooms (optional)
- Mentors: Mrs. Yaa Essah Armah, Dr. Ethel Yiranbon, Dr. M. Afrifah, Mr. Dela Dale Akpakli
About the Facilitators and Speakers
Prof. Lydia Aziato is an Associate Professor and the Dean of School of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Ghana. She graduated as a professional general nurse in 1997 from the Korle-Bu Nursing and Midwifery Training College. She had her first degree in nursing and psychology in 2001 and in 2006, she graduated with an MPhil in Nursing from the University of Ghana with scholarship from Unilever Ghana Ltd. During the period, she also had her specialty training in Oncology Nursing from the cross Cancer Institute in Edmonton, Canada and completed in 2006. Subsequently she graduated with a PhD in Nursing from the University of the Western Cape, South Africa in 2013 where she researched in post-operative pain management and developed a clinical guideline for post-operative pain management applicable to a resource-limited clinical environment. She has published in many credible international peer-reviewed journals and is a reviewer for more than ten credible journals. She holds both local and international positions in nursing organizations such as Sigma Theta Tau. She also serves on a number of boards and committees and she is an external examiner for a number of Universities in Ghana and internationally. Her research interests span across pain management, cancer and surgical nursing. She is interested in training and mentoring young nurses and midwives and students to enhance their skills and independence.
Dr. Ruhiya Abubakar is a lecturer with the faculty of engineering of Ghana Communication Technology University and an entrepreneur. She handles courses in both the telecommunications and electrical/electronic departments. Some of the courses she teaches are circuit theory, digital communications, data communications, electromagnetic wave theory, microprocessors applications etc.
Dr. Ruhiya obtained her secondary education at Navrongo secondary school in the upper east region of Ghana, her tertiary education at Takoradi polytechnic and later Ghana Communication Technology University. She holds a PhD programme in engineering and technology and an MSc degree in Microelectronics and Wireless Systems. Her immersed contribution in research work in the past 10 years has made her attained sixteen publications to her credit and attended many conferences both abroad and in Ghana.
Dr. Gertrude Amoakohene is lecturer in the department of Accounting, Banking and Finance at the Faculty of Information Technology Business. She is a finance/research professional with over 10 years’ experience in academic and consultancy. She works in a managerial role as well as being part of a team and is an academic with interest in Accounting, Corporate Finance, Financial Institutions, International Finance, Investment and Development Finance.
Esther Asiedu is lecturer and head of the Doctoral Education unit of Ghana Communication Technology University (GCTU) Graduate School since 2016. She previously worked as the Programme Manager for University of Ghana Business School (UGBS) Executive MBA from 2000 to 2015. She holds BA in Sociology with Political Science and Masters in Public Administration from University of Ghana. She has an online PhD degree in Management from Commonwealth Open University and a Postgraduate Certificate in International Higher Education Practice from Coventry University. She has extensive experience in managing and teaching in tertiary institution. Her research interest are in human resource management and technology, leadership, graduate employability , supply chain and higher education management and has co-authored nine papers to her credit.
Dr. Michelle Afrifah is a lecturer at the Department of Management Human Resource Management at the Faculty of Information Technology Business of the Ghana Communication Technology University. She holds a First-Class Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) in Ghana, an MSc in Tourism, Development and Policy from the University of Exeter in UK and a PhD in the Humanities (Arts) from King’s College London. She was the former head of the Office of Student Research at the GCTU graduate school, and former acting head of department of the department of Management and HR. Prior to joining GCTU, Dr. Afrifah was a lecturer at the College of East London and a teaching assistant at King’s College London. She also worked with the Japan International Corporation Agency (JICA) as an administrative specialist and with the Ministry of Tourism and Diaspora Relations as a research assistant. Her primary research interests include; tourism and development, the African Diaspora and their homeland development, livelihoods and sustainability of vulnerable actors in the tourism industry. Her most recent research interests include a focus on social-cultural challenges in Ghana; specifically, gender relations, inequality and its impacts on Ghanaian society.