Making Ghana Proud Two Ghanaian scientists selected for prestigious Nobel Laureates meeting

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They are Collins Obuah, a lecturer in catalysis and bioinorganic chemistry at the University of Ghana and Marian Asantewah Nkansah, a senior lecturer in environmental chemistry at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology.

IMG_8045.JPG play Collins Obuah, one of the Ghanaian scientists selected to be part of the eminent meeting in Lindau, Germany (Supplied)
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Two young Ghanaian scientists have been selected to attend the prestigious Lindau Nobel Laureate meeting.

They are part of a seven-member delegation drawn from various scientific fields on the continent by the African Academy of Sciences.

They are Dr. Collins Obuah, a lecturer in catalysis and bioinorganic chemistry at the University of Ghana and Dr. Marian Asantewah Nkansah, a senior lecturer in environmental chemistry at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology.

The Lindau Nobel Laureate meeting is an annual gathering of the world’s leading scientists and young scientists for a series of lectures and discussions on some of the biggest issues of our time. This year's meeting, the 67th edition, is dedicated to Chemistry.

Some of the Nobel Laureates in Chemistry who would be present at the meeting are Jean-Pierre Sauvage (2016 awardee), Johann Deisenhofer (1998 awardee) and Ada Yonath (2009 awardee).

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29 Nobel Laureates took part in the 66th Meeting.jpg play At last year's meeting, 29 Nobel Laureates attended the meeting at the small German town (Lindau-Nobel.org)

In an interview with Pulse.com.gh, Dr. Obuah said it was a "once in a life time opportunity to interact with over 30 distinguished scientist at one venue...In the field of science exchange of knowledge is key to a successful career. Therefore Lindau will afford me the opportunity to establish collaboration with great scientists across the world. It is a dream come true [for me].

Selection for the Lindau Nobel Meetings are extremely competitive and very few of the many hundreds of applicants worldwide get in every year.

“I was nominated by Professor James Darkwa, a fellow of The African Academy of Sciences. Among the many applications, my nomination was successful. The ASS then nominated me to the Lindau Nobel Laureate meetings council for another application process. I was lucky to be part of the 400 young scientists selected across the world”, he added.

lindau nobel angela merkel.jpg play German Chancellor Angela Merkel gave the keynote speech at the 2014 Lindau Meeting on Economic Sciences (Lindau-Nobel.org)

Some of Dr Obuah’s research interests have been to investigate the use of metal complexes as catalysis to convert natural gases such as ethylene to polymer materials or commodity chemicals and also biomass to bio-fuels. He has also done some research in anti-cancer and anti-HIV agents.

Dr Obuah was awarded a Ph.D in Inorganic Chemistry by the University of Johannesburg in 2015. He has a Master of Science degree from the same university and a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from the University of Ghana.

The other young African scientists selected for the meeting are from  Burkina Faso, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kenya, South Africa and Zimbabwe.

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This year’s meeting would see 400 young scientists from 76 countries and 30 Nobel Laureates, descend on the small German town of Lindau from 25 to 30 June 2017.

In addition to the scientists, two young African economists from Egypt and South Africa have been selected to be part of the 6th Lindau Meeting on Economic Sciences in August 2017.