2nd Conference on Women, Science, Technology and Innovation in Africa

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2nd Conference on Women, Science, Technology and Innovation in Africa

Madrid, 9th December, 2016. Next Tuesday 13th December in Madrid, the 2nd Conference on Women, Science, Technology and Innovation in Africa will be held. In addition to taking stock of the results obtained until now by the Women for Africa Foundation’s project “Science by Women”, three African women scientists and one European will be debating the situation of research carried out by women in Africa and in Europe.

The main aim of “Science by Women” is to support the work done by African women researchers and give it visibility, to promote their presence and prestige in the international scientific community, and to foster exchange in the networks among women scientists.

The project’s lines of action include a sabbatical programme of six months in the collaborating Spanish research institutions for African women scientists who are research team leaders, so that they may contribute their knowledge and experience to the teams that already exist in these institutions while acquiring new knowledge that they can then convey to the working environments they come from.

To do so, “Science By Women” is being carried out in collaboration with eight institutions whose prestige ensures excellence in scientific research in various fields. These institutions are the Spanish National Cancer Research Centre (CNIO), the Institute of Photonic Sciences (IFCO), the Spanish National Centre for Biotechnology (CNB), the Institute of Mathematical Sciences (ICMAT), the Carlos III Health Institute, the Center for Genomic Regulation (CRG), the Center for Research in Agricultural Genomics (CRAG) and the Barcelona Graduate School of Economics (BGSE). 

After the first call for the project, it was agreed for eight women researchers to be included, seven of whom have already carried out their sabbatical stay in their designated institutes. After the second call, which concluded a few weeks ago, another eight women researchers will take part in the coming months.

The areas of work promoted by the project, as approved by the Scientific Committee, are those that may have the most effect on development in Africa and in solving its most serious problems such as healthcare, agriculture, food security, climate change and energy.

In the event on Tuesday 13th, after the speech by the president of Women for Africa and its Scientific Committee, María Teresa de la Vega, a debate will be held about the panorama for research by women in Africa and Europe. Isabelle Vernos, the president of the Working Group on Gender Balance in the European Research Council, will be taking part, as will Rajaâ Cherkaoui El Moursli, the vice-president for Research, Cooperation and Partnerships at the Mohammed V-Agdal University; Coumba Niang, a beneficiary of the “Science by Women” programme in ICMAT; and Olouwafêmi Mistourath Mama, a beneficiary of MxA’s scholarships programme in La Rioja University. The debate will be moderated by Inés Sánchez de Madariaga, a member of Women for Africa’s Scientific Committee and UNESCO Chair of Gender Equality Policies in Science, Technology and Innovation.

DATE: Tuesday, 13th December, 2016.

TIME: 7:00 p.m.

VENUE: ENDESA headquarters. Multi-purpose hall.

               Calle Ribera del Loira, 60. Madrid

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