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 (The AAS), UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), the UK Department of International Development (DFID) the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Regional Scholarship and Innovation Fund of the Partnership for skills in Applied Sciences, Engineering and Technology (PASET), Canada’s International Development Research Centre, and South Africa’s National Research Foundation (NRF).

The GoFoWiSeR 2019 will catalyze new connections and strengthen the network of actors and advocates working to increase the numbers and improve the experiences of women in science. The two-day program will address three major themes:

  1. Investing in women’s skills and networks
  2. Sustainable career pathways
  3. The role of institutions and research funders in addressing systemic inequalities

You can download the program here: AWARD GoFoWiSeR Program- FINAL


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

Dr. Amel Ghouila,
Founding Director, Technovation Tunisia; Sustainability and Outreach co-chair, H3ABioNet

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

Professor Roseanne Diab,
Director, GenderInSITE

Dr. Wanjiru Kamau-Rutenberg,
Director, African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD)

Ms. Dorothy Ngila,
Project Coordinator, National Research Foundation (NRF) South Africa

Mrs. Oley Lucretia Clara Dibba-Wadda,
Director of Human Capital, Youth and Skills Development, African Development Bank (AfDB)

Dr. Tonya Blowers,
Programme Coordinator, Organization for Women in Science for the Developing World (OWSD)

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

Dr. Nadia Khelef,
Senior Advisor for Global Affairs, Institut Pasteur

Dr. Tom Kariuki,
Director of Programmes, The African Academy of Sciences (The AAS)

Professor Ousmane Thiare,
Gaston Berger University of Saint-Louis

Dr. Monica Fisher,
International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE) 

Professor Mabel Imbuga,
Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT)

Dr. Katrin Glatzel,
International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)

Dr. Jewelna Akorli,
Memorial Institute for Medical Research, University of Ghana


Dr. Ruth Mendum,
Pennsylvania State University. 


Dr. Katelyn C. Jones,
The Chicago Council on Global Affairs

Ms. Dorothy Mukhebi,
African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD)


Dr. Grace Mwaura,
The African Academy of Sciences (The AAS)


Ms. Allen Mukhwana,
The African Academy of Sciences (The AAS)

Dr. Alexandra Spittle,
United Kingdom Research and Innovation (UKRI)


Dr. Leah Mwai,
Department for International Development (DFID)


Dr. Diakalia Sanogo,
International Development Research Centre (IDRC)

Ms. Phyllis Kalele,
GenderInSITE


Dr. Moses Osiru,
International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE)


Ms. Millicent Liani,
Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, United Kingdom


Mr. Kenneth Macharia,
African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD)
   

The Global Forum on Women in Scientific Research (GoFoWiSeR) convening brought together 302 participants from 29 countries from Africa, Europe and the United States of America. The Forum sought to catalyze new connections and strengthen the network of actors and advocates involved in promoting women’s involvement in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). The Forum featured 32 speakers, whose professional life ranged from early career scientists to a recipient of the Nobel Prize for chemistry. The modalities involved plenary presentations, expert panels and breakout sessions. This report contains summaries of the presentations at the Forum.

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