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OWSD 25th Anniversary Events

September 17, 2018

Around the world, OWSD is celebrating 25 years of membership.

The year 2018 marks the 25th Anniversary of OWSD – and with members organizing special workshops, conferences, meetings and even a fun run around the world, we're celebrating 25 years of bringing women scientists together. We've invited our members, fellows, or anyone affected by OWSD to take part in a video competition to tell us why they celebrate OWSD. Here are some of the other ways our National Chapters and other members are marking the occasion:

On 22-23 March, the Rwandan Associati on of Women in Science and Engineering (RAWISE), together with the OWSD Secretariat, celebrated the launch of the Rwanda OWSD National Chapter in Kigali. More than 200 university students and women scientists attended the two days of events, which included a launch party and a series of presentations on the National Assessments on Gender and STI given by OWSD fellows, as well as individual presentations by fellows about their own experiences as women in STEM careers. Read more about this event here.

From 16-19 October, the Rwanda OWSD National Chapter will also host a Women in Science workshop and OWSD 25th Anniversary celebration in collaboration with the East African Institute for Fundamental Research (EAIFR) and the University of Rwanda. The workshop follows from a series of career development workshops for women in physics held at the International Center for Theoretical Physics (ICTP).  The 4-day workshop will be held at the EAIFR premises of the University of Rwanda, and will combine a variety of interactive discussions, training sessions and other activities to help women in science share their experiences, gain self-confidence and acquire extra skills to facilitate their success in science. Learn more about the workshop here

On 19 July 2018, the Indonesia National Chapter of OWSD was formally inaugurated at the Sheraton Hotel & Tower in Surabaya in conjunction with the 1st Congress of the new National Chapter and OWSD 25th Anniversary celebrations. The event was attended by 100 selected participants from 14 different provinces of Indonesia, together with individual participants from Sudan and Vietnam. The day included an inauguration of the National Chapter with a gong ringing ceremony, keynote addresses from prominent local policymakers, a panel discussion on “the Journey of Women Scientists”, and a gala dinner followed by a night tour of Surabaya city and a river cruise, organized by the mayor of Surabaya as a tribute to OWSD participants. Learn more about the Indonesia events here.

From 5-7 September, nearly 100 women scientists from Kenya and other African countries came together in Nairobi for an OWSD Regional Conference for Africa, and the launch of the OWSD Kenya National Chapter. The Regional Conference hosted by icipe was centered on the theme of Women in Science, Engineering and Technology for Sustainable Development, and included sessions on subjects including climate change and the environment, and the role of the research and scientific communities in the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. Following the conclusion of the Regional Conference, the OWSD Kenya National Chapter was inaugurated at a special event which also celebrated the 25th Anniversary of OWSD. Read more about the Kenya conference and launch here

From 2-12 October, the Sudan OWSD National Chapter held a 10-day series of events to mark the 25th Anniversary of OWSD, in collaboration with several partners including the Khartoum office of UNESCO and the Swedish embassy in Sudan. The events included a research project competition around the subject of ‘science for development,’ workshops to develop scientific skills, information sessions about OWSD at several universities across the country, and a Fun Run to encourage girls and young women to participate in science and development attended by more than 500 participants. Read more about the Sudan 25th Anniversary celebrations here

From 30-31 October, the India OWSD National Chapter hosted the conference Utkarsh 2018: Empowering and Enabling Women in Science, which will take place in New Delhi on the campus of CSIR – NEERI, the National Environmental Engineering Research Institute of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research. The conference brought attention to the startling statistics about women's participation in STEM careers and leadership, and aimed to inspire and connect women scientists from the Asia Pacific region. Conference participants also helped to develop a road map to overcoming region-specific challenges, to align particularly with Indian Prime Minister Narenda Modi's views on "women led development." Read more about the conference here

On 2 November, Myanmar will launch a new OWSD National Chapter in Yangon. The event will include an introduction of the National Chapter to current and former OWSD fellows in the country as well as other invited guests, discussion and networking opportunities among OWSD alumnae, and discussion around the vision and strategy of the new National Chapter.  

On 10 November, the Bangladesh OWSD National Chapter will hold an international seminar and workshop in Dhaka on the theme of Challenging Research by Women Scientists in STEM, in partnership with the Bangladesh Association of Women Scientists (BAWS). The workshop is intended to promote collaboration and communication among women scientists and technologists in developing countries and to increase understanding of the role of science & technology in supporting women’s activities in national development.  

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