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Overview

With ongoing concern about the low numbers of women in Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), and in the wake of the #MeToo movement, there is a growing momentum to pay attention to the low numbers and poor experiences of women in science.

The second Global Forum on Women in Scientific Research (GoFoWiSeR) was held on July 18 and 19, 2019 in Dakar, Senegal. It brought together more than 300 participants including leaders of research institutions, research funders, female scientists and other stakeholders, to discuss the trends and strategies toward increasing women’s numbers and experiences in STEM. The Dakar GoFoWiSeR convening provided valuable opportunity to catalyze new connections and strengthen the network of actors and advocates working to increase the numbers and improve the experiences of women in scientific research.

GoFoWiSeR 2019 was supported by a consortium led by African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD) and included The African Academy of Sciences (The AAS), UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), the UK Department of International Development (DFID) the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Regional Scholarship and Innovation Fund of the Partnership for skills in Applied Sciences, Engineering and Technology (PASET), Canada’s International Development Research Centre, and South Africa’s National Research Foundation (NRF).

Program

The GoFoWiSeR 2019 catalyzed new connections and strengthened the network of actors and advocates working to increase the numbers and improve the experiences of women in science. The two-day program addressed three major themes:

  1. Investing in women’s skills and networks
  2. Sustainable career pathways
  3. The role of institutions and research funders in addressing systemic inequalities

You can download the program here:

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Speakers
Professeur Yaye Kène GassamaVice Chair Académie Nationale des Sciences Techniques du Sénégal (ANSTS)
Professeur Soukèye Dia TineFinancement de la Recherche et du Développement Technologique Direction du Financement de la Recherche et du Développement Technologique Senegal
Dr. Beverley DamonseGroup Executive, Science Engagement and Corporate Relations, NRF South Africa
Dr. Amel GhouilaFounding Director, Technovation Tunisia; Sustainability and Outreach co-chair, H3ABioNet
Professor Roseanne DiabDirector, GenderInSITE
Dr. Wanjiru Kamau-RutenbergDirector, African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD)
Mrs. Oley Lucretia Clara Dibba-WaddaDirector of Human Capital, Youth and Skills Development, African Development Bank (AfDB)
Dr. Tonya BlowersProgramme Coordinator, Organization for Women in Science for the Developing World (OWSD)
Dr. Nadia KhelefSenior Advisor for Global Affairs, Institut Pasteur
Dr. Tom KariukiDirector of Programmes, The African Academy of Sciences (The AAS)
Dr. Monica FisherInternational Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE)
Professor Mabel ImbugaJomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT)
Dr. Jewelna AkorliMemorial Institute for Medical Research, University of Ghana
Dr. Ruth MendumPennsylvania State University
Ms. Dorothy MukhebiAfrican Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD)
Dr. Grace MwauraThe African Academy of Sciences (The AAS)
Dr. Alexandra SpittleUnited Kingdom Research and Innovation (UKRI)
Dr. Leah MwaiDepartment for International Development (DFID)
Ms. Phyllis KaleleGenderInSITE
Dr. Moses OsiruInternational Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE)
Mr. Kenneth MachariaAfrican Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD)
Event Report

The Global Forum on Women in Scientific Research (GoFoWiSeR) convening brought together 302 participants from 29 countries from Africa, Europe and the United States of America. The Forum sought to catalyze new connections and strengthen the network of actors and advocates involved in promoting women’s involvement in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). The Forum featured 32 speakers, whose professional life ranged from early career scientists to a recipient of the Nobel Prize for chemistry. The modalities involved plenary presentations, expert panels and breakout sessions. This report contains summaries of the presentations at the Forum.

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