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New National Chapters Launched in 2018

June 21, 2018

The OWSD network continued to expand this year, with the launch of three new National Chapters in Mauritius, Rwanda, and Sri Lanka.


OWSD Mauritius National Chapter launchThe Mauritian Chapter of OWSD was officially launched on 19 February by Mauritian President Dr. Ameenah Gurib-Fakim during the closing reception of the Australia-Mauritius Research and Innovation Forum (AMRIF) in the city of Ebene. 

The National Chapter will be hosted by the Food and Agricultural Research Extension Institute (FAREI). Dr. Devika Saddul, research scientist in FAREI’s Livestock Research Department, will serve as the inaugural President of the National Chapter's Executive Committee.

Read more about the Mauritius National Chapter and launch.


On 23 March, the Rwandan Association of Woman in Science and Engineering (RAWISE), together with members of the OWSD Secretariat, celebrated the launch of the Rwanda OWSD National Chapter in Kigali, Rwanda. 

The launch event was held at the Lemigo Hotel, and was attended by the RAWISE organizers and other members, OWSD President Jennifer Thomson, OWSD Coordinator Tonya Blowers and other members of the OWSD Secretariat, 19 OWSD fellows, and the advisor to the Rwanda Minister of Education Dr. Marie Christine Gasingirwa, among many others. The event inlcuded speeches by Dr. Gasingirwa, Prof. Thomson, the President of the new National Chapter Dr. Didacienne Mukanyiligira, and others, followed by dinner and a cake cutting. 

Many photos from the event can be seen on the OWSD Rwanda Flickr page

Read more about the Rwanda National Chapter launch.

Sri Lanka

The Sri Lanka National Chapter of OWSD launched on 29 March 2018, in parallel with the South Asian Biotechnology Conference held in Colombo. 

OWSD Sri Lanka was established under the umbrella of the National Academy of Sciences of Sri Lanka (NASSL). Many important scientists from various national and international organizations attended the launch, including the President and Council members of the NASSL, and representatives of the National Science Foundation of Sri Lanka. The inaugural address was delivered by the eminent Sri Lankan scientist Prof. Savitri Gunatilleke, Professor emeritus, University of Peradeniya. 

Prof. Nadira Karunweera, who spearheaded the establishment of the Sri Lanka OWSD National Chapter, will act as the first President. She and the other members of the inaugural Executive Committee look forward to working with local and international scientists to achieve the National Chapter's aims. 

Read more about the Sri Lanka National Chapter and launch.

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