Ghanaian immunologist and co-founder of GhScientific, Hephzi Angela Tagoe, has won a prestigious Science Communication Awards in United Kingdom, by the Royal Society of Biology.
Hephzi was given the prestigious award in recognition for her dedication towards educating the public in various aspects of science. Among her insightful initiatives as a science communicator, is the ‘Shaping Healthy Attitudes’ and ‘Protecting the Environment’ project.
Her awareness program on Protecting the Environment connects high school students in Ghana with scientists to investigate the effects of environmental pollutants on community health and helps design innovative social solutions.
Dr. Steve Cross who was one of the judges of the Science Communication Awards, commented on Hephiz’s achievement and he said,
“Hephzi really impressed us by organising projects to meet a specific audience need, and for her ability to put setbacks like a lack of funding behind her and still make fantastic engagement happen.”
It was reported that aside her work as an immunologist researching into skin biology in the Institute of Child Health, UK, Hephzi works as a freelance science communicator in the UK and Ghana.
She focuses on reaching underrepresented audiences in Science. She also co-foundered GhScientific, an organization promoting science communication and public engagement in Ghana. GhScientific runs various projects including the Ghana Science Book tour, SHAPEgh, Scibarcamp and an annual science themed writing competition.
Hephzi’s strides in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) was recently recognized by Airtel Ghana’s Evolve with STEM initiative as a STEM Champion, amongst other great minds using their knowledge in the field of STEM to solve every day problems.
The STEM was initiated by Airtel Ghana as a means to inspire and transform the mindset of young people and to empower them to pursue STEM education.
The initiative, championed by the company’s CEO, Lucy Quist, has impacted more than 3,000 pupils across 4 regions in the country. As part of the initiative, Ghanaians who were using STEM to solve local problems were recognised under the ‘STEM Champion of the week’ project. Hephzi was one of those recognised under the project.
The Science Communication Awards by Royal Society of Biology are intended to reward outreach work carried out by young scientists and established researchers to inform, enthuse and engage the public.