The OWSD newsletter brings you the latest news and announcements from the Secretariat and from our international network. In this edition, we share the results of the OWSD Presidential and Vice Presidential elections, introduce you to a creative new venture in filmmaking, meet two OWSD fellows as well as many recent PhD graduates, and more.
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The OWSD newsletter brings you the latest news and announcements from the Secretariat and from our international network. In this edition, we announce the new OWSD-Elsevier Foundation Awardees for 2023, meet an OWSD Early Career fellow revolutionizing refrigeration technology in Kenya, celebrate recent OWSD PhD graduates, and more.

Meet the 2023 OWSD-Elsevier Foundation Awardees

2023 OWSD-Elsevier Foundation Award winners

Seven early-career women scientists were recognized for their research excellence in helping meet the challenge of food security and advancing the UN Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 2, Zero Hunger, which focuses on agricultural productivity and sustainable food production. The winners’ research explores a wide range of ways that food insecurity can be tackled, from crop disease resilience to improved child nutrition, and indigenous plant use to increase productivity. The prize acknowledges that these scientists have often overcome great challenges to achieve what they have, as well as their commitment to mentoring young scientists and to improving lives and livelihoods in their communities and regions.

2022 OWSD PhD grads

2022 Early Career fellows meet in Trieste 

PhD Fellowship

The annual Orientation Workshop for the 2022 cohort of the OWSD Early Career Fellowships Programme was held in Trieste, Italy, where 18 talented female scientists from developing countries gathered to receive training and support in establishing international research centres of excellence in their respective countries. Held from 29 May-2 June, the five-day workshop provided a valuable platform for participants to enhance their skills and expand their professional network.

OWSD 2022 Annual Report now available

PhD Fellowship

We are proud to unveil our highly anticipated 2022 Annual Report, showcasing the remarkable achievements and impact in advancing women scientists in the developing world. This year, the report goes digital, offering an immersive experience with interactive supplementary content accessible through links and QR codes - including videos, inspiring interviews with prominent women scientists, infographics, and detailed statistics about the programmes.

I settled in at my office today, and I am reflecting on the past week's events with a grateful heart. It was an impactful week, and I have so much to share with my students.

Mary Adjepong, 2022 OWSD Early Career fellow from Ghana

Meet the OWSD Fellows:

Winfred Mulwa

Winfred Mulwa, a physicist from Kenya, is revolutionizing refrigeration technology for camel's milk in eastern Kenya, where it is an essential source of protein. Her portable magnetic refrigerator makes it possible to transport milk at low temperatures on a motorcycle from milking stations to electric refrigerators in towns where it can be sold.

OWSD Applauds

Regina Esinam Abotsi, PhD

@ReginaAbotsi · Jun 28

Such a privilege to present my work before Nobel Laureates and top 1% of the most promising young scientists from all over the world #LINO23 & @OwsdSecretariat @TWASnews @MMEGGrants @UCTIDM @UCT_news @UHASGhana


In this corner we highlight some of the most exciting recent achievements of our fellows, alumnae, and awardees. Way to go, ladies!

OWSD Around the World

Here are a few recent highlights from our network of 52 active National Chapters.

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The OWSD Chile National Chapter and Universidad Austral launched a new radio show titled CientíficaMente: Science from a woman's perspective, to foster deep conversations among women from different fields in STEM. The show features women researchers, professors, and graduate students sharing the challenges and opportunities of their disciplines. The first episode was aired on Friday, March 31 and host Cynthia Jara interviewed Dr. Alejandra Troncoso and Dr. Karin Albornoz, Chair and Vice-Chair of the National Chapter.

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The OWSD Zambia National Chapter hosted two science talks for students with OWSD Vice President for Africa, Babalola Olubukola Oluranti, in April. The talk at Copperbelt University, in collaboration with the Engineering Institution of Zambia (EIZ) and Zambia Women in Engineering Section (ZWES), CBU Students Chapter, was on the topic of 'Assertiveness and Self-confidence', while the talk to medical students at Mulungushi University was on 'Emotional Intelligence and Leadership'. Both talks were well attended and provided students with lots of inspiration.

promotion ceremony

The OWSD Nigeria – Port Harcourt branch continued its monthly series of scientific seminars, with several new lectures: on ‘Bisphenol A: friend or foe?’ by Lauritta C. Ndufeiya-Kumasi, in April; on ‘Leveraging technology to drive innovation in the workplace’ by Tombari Duruzor, in May; and on ‘Unlocking the power of mnemonics: remembering the first 56 elements, by Kalagbor Ihesinachi, in June.

promotion ceremony

The OWSD Guatemala National Chapter announced a newly elected Secretary of its Executive Committee, Cristina Domínguez, and thanked Ana Silvia Monzón for her voluntary service as Secretary from 2022-2024. They chapter also launched their first quarterly newsletter, in commemoration of their third anniversary.


A student asks a question during OWSD Vice President Babalola Olubukola Oluranti's talk on 'Assertiveness and Self Confidence' at Copperbelt University, organized by the OWSD Zambia National Chapter.

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