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OWSD has a General Assembly (GA) and International Conference every 4-6 years which all OWSD members are invited to attend. The GA is the main decision-making body of the Organization and is the place where members can vote for new members of the executive board, including the president, 4 vice presidents and 4 regional members.

The aims of the Conference are to:

  • Explore and identify new dimensions for women's research in science and technology, education and training;
  • Identify ways of promoting the involvement of women in harnessing science and technology for sustainable development;
  • Explore opportunities and develop strategies for the participation of women in the development and utilization of new technologies;
  • Examine the role and develop strategies for the participation and leadership of women in national innovation systems; and
  • Explore gender dimensions and effects of scientific and technological research for development.

The general outcomes of the Conference and General Assembly are to:

  • Increase recognition of the scientific and technological achievements of women and their contribution to emerging areas of importance in development;
  • Increase interaction and promote networking and exchange between women scientists, including young women scientists, from developing countries;
  • Increase assistance to national, regional and international organizations to involve women scientists in their projects;
  • Disseminate information about OWSD activities; and
  • Increase understanding of the role of science and technology in supporting women's critical role in sustainable development.