How to join
To join OWSD, please click on BECOME MEMBER below to fill in the online application form.
Should you have any questions or if you are unable to register online, please contact the OWSD Secretariat by e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note before you begin your membership application that you will need a copy of your highest degree certificate; a copy of each degree certificate including lower degrees is preferred.
Members may also join their National Chapters if one is available in their country. To see current National Chapters, select Networks in the navigation menu and search by region.
Currently OWSD has more than 6,000 members. Over 90% of OWSD members are women living and working in developing countries who have Masters or Doctorates in scientific subjects. Each member has the potential to contribute significantly to the technological advancement and economic growth of their countries. OWSD members can network face to face through activities organised by their National Chapters, or through Regional and International conferences, as well as online through this website. If a country has more than 20 members, members can choose to set up a national chapter.
Full members are women scientists from developing countries who have completed a master’s degree or higher in the natural sciences (including engineering, technology and innovation) or social sciences and who are committed to the objectives of OWSD. Click here to see the list of full members. Full members can vote in the OWSD General Assemblies to elect new members of the OWSD executive board; this is the only category with voting rights.
Affiliate members are women scientists from developing countries who have completed a bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) in the natural sciences (including engineering, technology and innovation) or social sciences and who are committed to the objectives of OWSD. Affiliate members can advance to become Full Members upon completion of a master’s degree (or equivalent) and, consequentially, will receive voting rights.
Friends of OWSD are women and men from developed and developing countries across all disciplines (including science, social science, arts and humanities) who are committed to promoting the objectives of OWSD and who are not eligible for the Affiliate or Full membership categories. Friends of OWSD are encouraged to engage with OWSD and its members through other support activities (mentoring, fundraising, networking, promoting). They can maintain their online profile on www.owsd.net for visibility and communication purposes.