Global Forum on Women in Scientific Research (GoFoWiSeR)

July 18 and 19, 2019| Dakar, Senegal

With ongoing concern about the low numbers of women in Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), and in the wake of the #MeToo movement, there is a growing momentum to pay attention to the low numbers and poor experiences of women in science. 

Scheduled for July 18 and 19, 2019 in Dakar, Senegal, the second Global Forum on Women in Scientific Research (GoFoWiSeR) convening is envisioned as a global conversation that will bring together over 200 participants including leaders of research institutions, research funders, female scientists and other stakeholders, to discuss the trends and strategies toward increasing women’s numbers and experiences in STEM. The Dakar GoFoWiSeR convening will provide valuable opportunity to catalyze new connections and strengthen the network of actors and advocates working to increase the numbers and improve the experiences of women in scientific research.

GoFoWiSeR is supported by a consortium led by African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD) and includes the African Academy of Sciences (AAS), UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), the UK Department of International Development (DFID) and South Africa’s National Research Foundation (NRF) with more partners in the process of joining.

The two-day program has been organized into several sessions that will cover various themes, as indicated below:

Session Theme  
One Setting the scene  
   Welcome remarks from hosts and partners; keynote speeches  
Session Theme  
Two Addressing Systemic Inequality: The role of research institutions  
  Beyond individual empowerment to
institutional engagement
  Lessons from institutions’ interventions to
increase the number of experiences of 
female researchers
Session Theme  
Addressing Systemic Inequality: The role of research funders  
  Global Research Council report on policies, actions and
approaches toward increasing funding for
women researchers
  Practical approaches toward increasing the
number of women leading research and 
managing research funding
Session Theme  
Four Investing in women’s skills and networks  
  Equitable career pathways  
  What are the career pathways for women in STEM
in Africa?
  Designing effective mentoring programs;
the AWARD experience
Five  Which way forward?  
  Recommendations and closing  
Session Theme  
Six Fostering partnerships
  Catalyzing collaborations between and
among research funders, research
institutions & female researchers
Session Theme  
Seven and eight Cross-learning


Professeur Yaye Kène Gassama,
Vice Chair Académie Nationale des Sciences Techniques du Sénégal (ANSTS)

Professeur Soukèye Dia Tine
Financement de la Recherche et du Développement Technologique Direction du Financement de la Recherche et du Développement Technologique Senegal

Dr. Justin Pita,
Executive Director; West African Virus Epidemiology (WAVE) for Food Security Université Felix Houphouët-Boigny

Dr. Beverley Damonse,
Group Executive, Science Engagement and Corporate Relations, NRF South Africa

Founding Director, Technovation Tunisia

Professor Nelson Torto,
Executive Director of the African Academy of Sciences (AAS)

Professor Roseanne Diab,
Director, GenderInSITE

Dr. Ousmane Badiane,
Director for Africa at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)

Dorothy Ngila,
Project Coordinator, NRF South Africa

Oley Lucretia Clara Dibba-Wadda,
Director of Human Capital, Youth and Skills Development, AfDB

Tonya Blowers,
Programme Coordinator, OWSD

Andrea Johnson,
Program Officer, The Carnegie Corporation of New York

Scheduled for July 18 and 19, 2019 in Dakar, Senegal, the Global Forum on Women in Scientific Research (GoFoWiSeR) convening will provide valuable opportunity to catalyze new connections and strengthen the network of actors and advocates working to increase the numbers and improve the experiences of women in scientific research. Prior registration is required for one to attend the event. Please register here.

As you plan to attend GoFoWiSeR 2019, you can download the travel note information below for more information to ensure smooth travel.

GoFoWiSeR Travel Information Note July 2019