Science By Women

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Science By Women

NOMBRE DEL PROYECTO: Science By Women

PAÍS/CIUDAD: Spain / Madrid

DURACIÓN: Indefinite

3rd edition of Science by Women Program 

The scarcity of women in the field of science and technology is a situation that is found all over the world in both developed and developing countries. Women scientists’ networks are aware that this lack of representation has serious consequences on the global development.

It is in Africa where the scientific and technological gender gap is the widest. Furthermore, the continent is losing its best female scientists, who are emigrating to other regions.

This is why we are launching a specific program to support and increase the scientific and technological capacities of African women so that they can acquire the necessary training and innovative spirit with which they will cope with the major challenges of the 21st century.

To achieve this ambitious goal, the Foundation has the backing of the Severo Ochoa Centre, whose prestige is unanimously recognized throughout Spain and internationally, thereby ensuring excellence in scientific research. Namely, we have signed framework agreements with the National Cancer Research Center (CNIO in Spanish), the institute of Photonic Sciences (ICFO in Spanish) and the National Center of Biotechnology (CNB in Spanish).

As priority areas, we have picked: Health, Energy, Water and Climate change and Food Security.

The first two activities planned in this project have already been launched: a 6 months scholarship program of internship in these centers aiming highly skilled African women scientists, and the organization of the First Conference about Woman, Science, Technology and Innovation.

This gathering took place in Madrid on December 2014 and brought together Spanish and African women who are experts in the field of research, industry and science policy in order to discuss how to improve the quality of it and the impact of research and innovation.

 

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