THE Science and Technology Society and Council of Papua New Guinea, launched the first ever PNG science and technology (S/T) journal last Friday at the UPNG Forum area in Port Moresby.
The journal titled Papua New Guinea journal of research, science and technology, was launched along with the Journal of the Institute of Chemists Vol 2, 2009 and Science in New Guinea Vol 29, by NCD Governor Powes Parkop.
Mr Parkop, before cutting the ribbons to launch the journals, urged the writers of the journals to look beyond the academia and to see themselves as contributors to the country; with the big challenge for them now to transfer these to the policy makers who can use them to benefit the country socio-economically.
“If you look at India and China, they are now better off than anyone else, because of their science and technology and how they really developed their country.
“This is done by putting S/T in the forefront and implementing it.
“Some of you may say that it will take us centuries, like the United Kingdom and the USA, but I say that with the advent of ICT, we have no excuse, no reason why we can’t influence change in the lives of our people today,” he said.
He thanked the Office of Higher Education for the initiative and for the monetary support given in helping the S/T, in research work in the country, adding that it would benefit the country a lot.