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Since the OWSD SA National Chapter was launched in 2009, there has been a steady annual increase in members. Members represent the following disciplines:

  • Life and Earth Sciences
  • Health and Medical Sciences
  • Engineering
  • Basic Sciences, Technology and Innovation
  • Humanities and Social Sciences

Membership Categories

Full members are women scientists from developing countries who have completed a master’s degree or higher in the natural sciences (including engineering, technology and innovation) or social sciences and who are committed to the objectives of OWSD. Click here to see the list of full members. Full members can vote in the OWSD General Assemblies to elect new members of the OWSD executive board; this is the only category with voting rights. 

Affiliate members are women scientists from developing countries who have completed a bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) in the natural sciences (including engineering, technology and innovation) or social sciences and who are committed to the objectives of OWSD. Affiliate members can advance to become Full Members upon completion of a master’s degree (or equivalent) and, consequentially, will receive voting rights.

Friends of OWSD are women and men from developed and developing countries across all disciplines (including science, social science, arts and humanities) who are committed to promoting the objectives of OWSD and who are not eligible for the Affiliate or Full membership categories. Friends of OWSD are encouraged to engage with OWSD and its members through other support activities (mentoring, fundraising, networking, promoting). They can maintain their online profile on www.owsd.net for visibility and communication purposes.

How to Join

Membership Application Process

To become a member of OWSD, you simply register on the OWSD International website (https://owsd.net). Register at https://owsd.net/user/register. Registration will require your updated curriculum vitae, list of publications where possible or available, your passport size photo and other information. Your information will be used for OWSD-related activities only. All persons who register should receive an automatic message that states: As an OWSD member you are also invited to join the National Chapter of your country. Full lists of OWSD National Chapters and the OWSD members in your region are available on our website.