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 share an exciting opportunity for women scientists working on water, sanitation and hygiene, meet an Early Career fellow with an inspiring personal story of resilience, and more.

Call for Applications: 2024 OWSD-Elsevier Foundation Awards

in water, sanitation and hygiene

2021 OWSD-Elsevier Foundation Award winners

The Call for Applications for the 2024 OWSD-Elsevier Foundation Awards is currently open to candidates working in the areas of water, sanitation and hygiene. Applications close 8 October 2023. These awards reward and encourage women working and living in eligible developing countries who are in the early stages of their scientific careers. Winners receive USD $5000 as well as a trip to attend a relevant international conference.

Observing the UN Day for South-South Cooperation  

The special day designated by the  United Nation promotes collaboration between developing countries, and serves as an opportunity to highlight needs emerging from parts of the global South. OWSD supports South-South cooperation through our South-to-South PhD fellowship programme as well as through our 9600 members and 52 national chapters.          

OWSD members receive expert training in podcasting 

PhD Fellowship

More than 130 OWSD members took part in an online training on podcast production, delivered by experts Joy Owango from the Nairobi-based Training Centre in Communications and Kenyan media personality Adelle Onyango. The training covered all the steps involved in podcast production, from brainstorming content to how to make a podcast sustainable.

Thank you very much for such a informative session. I'm motivated to re-start the podcast I discontinued.

Sabina Khatri, OWSD member from Nepal and Secretary of the OWSD Nepal National Chapter

Meet the OWSD Fellows:

Mavis Agyeiwaa Acheampong

Entomopathologist Mavis Agyeiwaa Acheampong, a 2022 OWSD Early Career Fellow, is developing a "one-stop" solution to help chili pepper farmers in Ghana defend against crop loss. Her personal journey to where she is today was not an easy one - including a year spent sleeping on a lab bench - but her determination is unmatched.

OWSD Applauds

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@SiceloSTEMLADY · Sep 13

At the core of my interests is seeing our scientists in Zimbabwe keeping up with the global trends. That is why we have come up with the initiative to train our technicians and researchers in industry and academia #STEMLady @MoPSEZim @mhtestd @UNOSAA1 @OwsdSecretariat

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

  • Mary Adjepong, a 2022 OWSD Early Career fellow from Ghana, is one of 5 candidates shortlisted for the Nature ‘Inspiring Women in Science’ awards, in the Scientific Achievement category.

  • Mariem Ahmed Baba, a 2019 PhD fellow from Mauritania, published an article on improving the performance of an electric vehicle in the presence of faults, in Sustainability.

  • Olubukola Oluranti Babalola OWSD Vice President for Africa, gave an invited presentation on ‘Food Security and Safety in the Era of Genomics and Big Data’ at the University of Lincoln, UK in September 2023.

  • Huda Basaleem, OWSD Vice President for the Arab region, was recognized as Certified Reviewer after successfully finished the first and second stages of the training program “Enhancement of Peer Reviewers Capacity in Higher Education in Arab Universities according to the International Standards”, held by the Council of Quality Assurance and Accreditation- Association of Arab Universities, August 2023. She was also selected in September 2023 as a member of the Council of Accreditation and Quality Assurance in Yemen, the body responsible for developing the appropriate standard structure to ensure quality and academic accreditation in higher education institutions.

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  • Chioma Blaise Chikere, a 2005 PhD fellow from Nigeria, received an award of excellence for her accomplishments from the OWSD Nigeria National Chapter during their 6th biennial conference hosted by the University of Port Harcourt branch. She was also appointed as Senior Ambassador for Nigeria by the International Society for Microbial Ecology (ISME). She was additionally selected by the Times Higher Education to sit on the Sub-Saharan Africa University Rankings Advisory Board.

  • Christelle Noelle Dzesse Tekouo, a 2013 PhD fellow from Cameroon, was been awarded a Faculty for the Future postdoctoral fellowship from the Schlumberger Foundation, to be carried out in the US.

  • Oluwabunmi Abosede Falebita, a 2013 PhD fellow from Nigeria, was awarded a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation through the Center for Effective Global Action (Berkeley, USA) for a project on Digital Data Privacy Issues in Asia and Africa; she is the Principal Investigator on the project.

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  • Asmaul Husna, a 2017 PhD fellow from Bangladesh, presented a poster on her research paper ‘Fusarium and the emergence of Bakanae disease in Bangladesh’ at the 12th International Congress of Plant Pathology (ICPP 2023) in Lyon, France in August.

  • Evelyn Madoroba, a 2004 PhD fellow from Zimbabwe, was awarded a Fulbright Visiting Scholar Award to undertake research in the USA from January to June 2023.

  • Nathalie Ngalya, a 2014 PhD fellow from the Democratic Republic of Congo, was promoted Head of Department of Zootechnics at Institut Facultaire des Sciences Agronomiques de Yangambi (IFA Yangambi) and also promoted to rank of Associate Professor.

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  • Maryse Nkoua Ngavouka, a 2018 Early Career fellow from the Republic of Congo, was named Executive Director of a new Scientific Research Center on Renewable Energies coordinated by the Republic of Congo and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), in August.

  • Noor Shaila Sharmin, a 2012 PhD fellow from Bangladesh, attended the AAAS-TWAS Course on Science Diplomacy from 19-23 June 2023 in Trieste, Italy, and was featured in a TWAS article on the workshop.

OWSD Around the World

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

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Members of the OWSD Honduras National Chapter took part in the National Congress of Science, Technology and Innovation (CONACIETI) 2023, which took place at UNITEC in Tegucigalpa. National Chapter Chair Yvelice Castillo participated in a discussion panel on 'Ethical Integrity in the Era of Technological Acceleration' and the importance of women's participation in Honduran science. National Chapter member Wendy Piura also presented her work entitled 'Presence of foreign substances in milk and its derivatives in Honduras'.

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Several members of the OWSD Dominican Republic National Chapter took part in a panel discussion on 'Women in science, advances and new challenges' at the XVIII International Scientific Research Congress (XVII CIC) 2023 in June. Denia Cid, Nelphy de la Cruz, Gladys Núñez, Ernestina Castro, Germersy Paredes, and Kety Jiménez discussed the various challenges that they have faced in their careers.

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The OWSD Nigeria – Port Harcourt branch continued its monthly series of scientific seminars, with several new lectures, including on ‘ Enhancing critical thinking in STEM education using active learning techniques’ by Toyin Olabisi Odutola, in July, and on ‘Balancing Ambition with Self-Care in Career and research Pathway Fostering grit while prioritizing well-being’ by Stella Eteng-Uket, in August.

promotion ceremony

The OWSD Guatemala National Chapter participated in a scholarship fair organized by the Secretaría Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología Guatemala (SENACYT) in August, with a stand to publicize the organization, motivate young students to study STEM careers, and attract volunteers to be part of OWSD.


Members of the OWSD Guatemala National Chapter at their booth at the SENACYT scholarship fair in August 2023.

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