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Deadline: 15 November 2019

The American Association of University Women (AAUW) is accepting applications for its International Fellowship Program to provide support for women pursuing full-time graduate or postdoctoral study in the U.S. who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

Preference is given to women who show prior commitment to the advancement of women and girls through civic, community, or professional work.

For more information, visit this link.

Extended deadline -Call for Abstracts

ASSAf and its partners –DST, SAYAS & OWSD-SANC, invites abstract submissions for its Annual Young Scientist Conference 2018 whose theme is:

Winning the fight against corruption: A trans-disciplinary approach.

Access Application Forms & more information at: https://bit.ly/2lwnMot

Deadline: 15 November 2019

Applicants are invited to apply for the Soroptimist’s Live Your Dream Awards program which is a unique education grant for women who provide the primary financial support for their families.

Live Your Dream Awards give women the resources they need to improve their education, skills and employment prospects.

Award Levels

Recipients have the potential to receive $1,000 – $16,000 to further their education.

For more information about eligibility, visit this link.

How to Apply

Interested applicants can apply via this link.

We would like to remind you to please take a few minutes to help build understanding about the gender gap in STEM worldwide by completing the 2018 Global Survey of Scientists.

As a reminder, this survey is part of the Gender Gap in Science project funded by the International Science Council, which intends to provide sex-disaggregated data on, among other things, motivations to enter STEM fields and challenges faced at various career levels. OWSD is a partner in the project.

The survey's data will be used by the project’s partners to formulate recommendations to policy makers about ways to reduce the gender gap in specific countries, regions or disciplines. However, in order for the survey results to be useful, we need as many responses as we can get; we are aiming for 45,000 responses in total. We encourage you therefore to share the survey with your other contacts – colleagues, students, etc.

The survey takes only about 15-20 minutes, and can be taken in any of seven languages (English, French, Russian, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, and Japanese). Please note that the survey is not limited to women – in fact, in order to be able to compare data, we need plenty of men to respond too!

All survey responses will be treated anonymously and held in strict confidence. The data is securely stored by the non-profit Statistical Research Center of the American Institute of Physics.

Project Updates

You can read about the progress of the Gender Gap in Science project on the project's blog. Here, they share some statistics about the responses received so far: https://gender-gap-in-science.org/2018/07/13/news-from-the-global-survey-of-scientists/

The survey is only one of three components of the project. Two other components will (1) study the difference in publication patterns between women and men in several disciplines, and (2) create an online database of good practices for initiatives that aim to enhance the participation of girls and women in STEM.

The coordinators of the study on publication patterns recently wrote a very interesting blog post about the difficulties of teaching a computer to recognize the difference between male and female names across many different cultures. Their methodology was also published in a recent paper in the journal PeerJ Computer Science, "Comparison and benchmark of name-to-gender inference services."

We encourage you to check out the project website and, again, please take the Gender Gap survey!

Deadline: 21 October 2019

Are you a young woman working or involved in the African energy ecosystem? Do you want to improve your career and take off? Are you ready to develop your leadership skills, strengthen your professional networks, capture new opportunities and demonstrate your desire to take on a greater role as a leader in this field? If yes, then apply for the Power Africa program of the Regional Leadership Center YALI Dakar to receive vocational training targeting young women leaders in the energy sector.

Power Africa is a US Government initiative led by USAID that aims to double access to electricity in sub-Saharan Africa by 2030. This year, Power Africa joins the Regional YALI Leadership Center Dakar in the framework of the professional training program for a new generation of women leaders in the energy sector.

The training will focus on core leadership skills as well as entrepreneurship and public management in the energy sector.

For more information, please click here.

The Call for Nominations for the African Union Kwame Nkrumah Awards for Scientific Excellence (AUKNASE).

The Awards are implemented as follows;

  1. The Continental Award, is open to all Scientists, is the highest level of the programme and two successful candidates will be selected across the whole continent. The prize is USD 100,000.
  2. The Regional award is dedicated to Women Scientists and the AUC implements this award in Collaboration with the REC’s. Two successful candidates from each region will each be given a prize of USD 20,000.
  3. The Closing date for Nominations is 10 November 2018

For more information and the nomination form, click here.

WAAW (Working to Advance Science and Technology Education for African Women) Foundation is seeking applications for its STEM Scholarship in order to support need based African female STEM-focused college education.

WAAW (Working to Advance Science and Technology Education for African Women) Foundation is an international non-profit organization founded in 2007. Headquartered in Lagos Nigeria with offices in Abuja Nigeria, Kigali Rwanda and Allen Texas.

Note: Foundation do not fund graduate (masters, MBA or Phd) programs, second or subsequent degrees, students older than 32 years, non-STEM focused courses or Diploma degrees. There are NO EXCEPTIONS to these requirements.

How to Apply

Applicants can apply online via this link.

For more information, please click here.

Deadline for applications: 15 November 2019

The Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) together with the

Uganda National Academy of Sciences (UNAS) invites you to a symposium on:

The Root Causes of Low Coverage and Under-Immunisation in sub-Saharan Africa

DATE: 30 - 31 July 2018DATE: 30 - 31 July 2018

TIME: 10:00 to 17:30

VENUE: Crowne Plaza Hotel, Rosebank, Johannesburg, South Africa

RSVP: By 26 July 2018

Click here to complete the online registration form

View the programme here

Applications are open for African Women’s Public Service Fellowship, made possible by a donation from the Oprah Winfrey Foundation, expands the opportunity for African women to impact for public service in their home countries.

Fellowship recipients commit to return to their respective home countries at the conclusion of the program with the goal of assuming a leadership position on the continent where they can meaningfully contribute to the challenges currently confronting Africa.

NYU Wagner Named Fellowship programs are designed to identify and reward their most outstanding students. They seek students with a strong academic record, noteworthy professional experience and aspirations, and a proven commitment to public service with a focus on a relevant issue area. Fellowship recipients are expected to exemplify the values of the illustrious individuals for whom the fellowships are named, as well as the values of the NYU Wagner community.

The Fellowship provides full tuition, fees, housing, travel to and from the United States, and a small stipend to cover books and miscellaneous expenses.

Deadline for applications: 2 December 2019

For more information about this opportunity and to view eligibility criteria, please visit this link.

We would like to inform you that the nomination period has now opened for the 2019 OWSD-Elsevier Foundation Awards for Early Career Scientists.

These Awards reward and encourage women working and living in developing countries who are in the early stages of their scientific careers. Awardees must have made a demonstrable impact on the research environment both at a regional and international level and have often overcome great challenges to achieve research excellence.

Each year a total of five Awards are given to women scientists who are within ten years of receiving their PhD. One woman is awarded for each of the four OWSD regions (plus an additional winner from any of the four regions): Africa; the Arab region; Asia and Pacific; Latin America and the Caribbean; (see complete list of countries here).

Eligible subject areas for the Awards rotate by year. The eligible fields for 2019 are the biological sciences: agriculture, biology and medicine.

Each winner receives a cash prize of USD 5,000 and an all-expenses-paid trip to attend the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in the U.S., which is packed with networking opportunities. The winners receive their award at a special networking ceremony, as well as opportunities to attend workshops and sessions at the AAAS meeting, visits to local laboratories or institutions, and a celebratory dinner organized by the Elsevier Foundation.

The award has an important impact on local research cultures. Previous winners say the awards have had a powerful effect, enhancing the visibility of their past work and creating new opportunities for the future. The awardees are powerful role models for young women who are contemplating whether to remain in science.

To submit a nomination, simply visit: https://owsd.net/career-development/awards and click on the 'Submit nomination' button. You may save and and resume your application at any time by clicking on the 'Resume nomination' button.

The deadline for nominations for this Award is 23 September 2018.

You can read about the previous awardees here. A pamphlet about the Awards is also attached.

Check out the ISC Webpage for a great blog/survey on ....

Diversity in Science Prizes - A Call to Action: Tell us your views Is there a diversity issue in international science prizes? We explore this issue and ask our members and the scientific community to share their ideas by taking our online survey.

For more visit the Link to article: https://council.science/current/blog/diversity-in-science-prizes-a-call-to-action

& Direct link to survey: www.surveymonkey.com/r/SciencePrizesDiversity

The World Academy of Sciences Sub-Saharan Africa Regional Partner (TWAS-SAREP) invites you to nominate suitable candidates for the prizes below. 

Call for Nominations: TWAS-SAREP Regional Young Scientists’ Prize 2018- Water and Sanitation (link)

The World Academy of Sciences Sub-Saharan Africa Regional Partner (TWAS-SAREP) seeks to honour an outstanding young scientist who has made significant contribution to research, development and capacity building to improve sustainability of water and sanitation-related activities and programmes in the developing world. This includes water harvesting, desalination, water efficiency, reducing pollution, eliminating dumping and minimising release of hazardous chemicals and materials. It can also cover protection and restoration of water-related ecosystems, wastewater treatment, recycling and reusing technologies. The prize is awarded in fulfilment of the TWAS objective of recognising, supporting and promoting scientific capacity and excellence in the developing world. The deadline is 20 August 2018

Call for Nominations: TWAS Regional Prize 2018- Science Diplomacy (link)

TWAS-SAREP seeks to honour an outstanding scientist who has collaborated on trans-boundary research projects contributing to, or made possible by, good international relations in the developing world. The ideal candidate must have made significant contributions to the application of diplomacy in Science and Technology to industry or to human well-being in the developing world. Awareness creation of 'Science Diplomacy' in the research and diplomatic communities is of critical importance in Africa. Steady Intergovernmental relations contribute and can be viewed as a guarantor of successful research collaborations. This builds trust amongst diverse and various stakeholders in developing countries. The deadline is 20 August 2018

All completed nomination forms must be forwarded to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. before the closing date, quoting the name of the prize in the subject line e.g Nomination for Dr David Smith- TWAS Regional Prize 2018

Dear OWSD network,

We would like to inform you that the Call for Applications is now open for the Mawazo Institute's 2020 PhD Scholars fellowship programme. This programme is a non-residential fellowship for African women pursuing PhD studies at universities in Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Uganda in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) and the Social Sciences.

Scholars should be African women under the age of 40, pursuing PhD studies at accredited universities in East Africa, who want to be leaders in their field and society. Successful Scholars are also engaged in compelling and interesting research that is relevant to African development priorities, contributes new knowledge to their field of study, and holds the potential for transformational change in their communities, and beyond.

Scholars receive research grants up of to $5000, travel grants of up to $2000, professional development and leadership training, research and editorial support, and other benefits. 

Eligibility

In order to be eligible for the PhD Scholars Programme, applicants must:

  • be women below the age of 40 as at 1st January 2020
  • be citizens of an African country
  • be enrolled for their PhD at an accredited university in Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania or Uganda
  • have completed their course work if applicable and passed their departmental proposal defence (i.e. in the dissertation phase of their PhD)
  • demonstrate that their research project is related to African development and is relevant to a global, regional, national or sub-national policy priority
  • demonstrate potential for leadership both within and outside academia, and a strong passion to leverage their expertise for impact in society
  • be available to fully participate in the programme in 2020-2021

More information

To learn more about Scholar benefits, eligibility requirements, selection criteria, and to review frequently asked questions, please visit https://mawazoinstitute.org/phdscholars.

Apply

Applications can be submitted through the online portal here until midnight East African Time on November 22, 2019. Applicants will be given a final decision on the status of their application in early 2020 and the fellowship year will commence shortly afterwards.

Entrepreneurship Interactive Chat

Tuesday, July 10

11:00 a.m. EDT (3:00 p.m. UTC)

GIST

Links

Event Page (in English): http://www.gistnetwork.org/content/gist-online (http://bit.ly/GISTTechConn)

Event Page (In Spanish): http://bit.ly/TCEspanol

Event Page (In French): http://bit.ly/TCFrancais

Program Description

While investment in women-led startups has historically been low, the paradigm has shifted in recent years, predominantly by women investors actively investing in women-led ventures.  Gender-lens investing model, a practice of investing for financial return while also considering the benefits to women,  has increased access to resources and capital for women across the globe and led the charge in reshaping the investor community.  With an increased focus on gender-lens investing, women entrepreneurs have been able to scale and grow their ventures to new heights – a trend that looks to continue into the future.

Join us for the “Women Investing in Women” TechConnect, on Tuesday, July 10 at 11:00 a.m. EDT (3:00 p.m. UTC), with our expert panelists Gwen Edwards and Elissa Freiha, who are active women investors identifying, funding, and supporting women-led ventures.

You can ask the live panel of experts your questions by using the chatbox to the right of the video player. You can also send your questions to the panel by using #GISTTechConnect on Twitter.

Why Participate:

- Listen to a panel of experts discuss women investing in women-led startups

- Ask the experts your questions about how to identify and support women entrepreneurs

- Learn how investing in women can strengthen your local entrepreneurial community

Speaker Biographies

Gwen Edwards

Trustee and Co-Chair, Angel Resource Institute

Gwen brings more than 30 years of experience building products, services, and profitable business units in high technology sectors. From Stanford Research Institute to Fortune 50 executive (SBC, Nortel Networks, Bell Canada, to Venture Capital backed technology start up CEO and advisor), she unites the knowledge of successful brands, experience with scale, and the skills of managing innovation. Since 2001, Gwen has been working in advisory capacities with angel and venture backed companies assisting with capital formation, key milestone achievement to enhance value, developing target market strategies, cultivating customer input, and assisting in the execution of key deliverables.

Elissa Freiha

Founder, Womena

Elissa Freiha is an angel investor, speaker and founder of WOMENA, an angel network and platform for diversity in Entrepreneurship. An active angel with more than 40 investments, she has won numerous awards including being the first female recipient of Investor of the Year at the StartUp Awards. She is frequently listed by media, most notably by the BBC as one of their 30 women under 30, and by Arabian Business as one of the 100 most influential Arabs. Elissa received her BA in Global Communications from the American University of Paris, the city in which she was born and raised.

Hillina Kebede

Partner, Score 3 Angels

Hilina is a partner at Score 3, an organization focused on creating Social, Financial and Knowledge Capital for woman and minority founders. Intense focus on entrepreneurial inclusion and social impact allows Score 3 to uncover lucrative opportunities for early stage investors. Hilina is an advisor at the Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship at University of Maryland, a mentor at the Founder Institute and volunteer organizer at TEDx MidAtlantic.
 
Hilina has spent over 10 years leading technology and business transformation for Fortune 500 companies in the areas of Innovation, Product Development, Digital Strategy, eCommerce, Retail Merchandising, CRM and Supply Chain Management. Hilina is motivated by an intense desire to learn and make the world a better place by solving problems that matter to markets and to society. She is passionate about people, design, technology and transforming ideas into products that matter

Christina Tamer, Chat Expert

Program Officer, VentureWell

Christina works directly with VentureWell’s early stage innovators as they move to high-growth startups seeking their first round of investment capital. Christina’s role includes running VentureWell’s investment-readiness training, ASPIRE, as well as investment activity. Previously, she worked with a seed-stage impact investment fund. The experiences there now allow her to support VentureWell’s startups with real-world examples of what to do and what not to do on the path to commercialization. She holds a BS in Marketing and an MBA from the University of Massachusetts Boston.

Dear OWSD network,

We would like to inform you that nominations are now being accepted for the Mathahir Science Award, given by Malaysia's Mathahir Science Award Foundation.

This Award is given to one scientist, institution or organization annually who has made a scientific breakthrough in solving the problems of the tropics, in any of the categories:

  • Tropical Agriculture
  • Tropical Architecture and Engineering
  • Tropical Medicine
  • Tropical Natural Resources

The award winner/laureate will receive USD 100,000.00, a gold medallion, and a certificate.

Eligibility

Any scientist, institution or organization worldwide is eligible for the award. Self nominations are not accepted. The winner will be selected based on the following criteria:

  • Significant research & studies contributing to new knowledge in solving problems in tropics
  • Demonstrable evidence of significant socio and societal impact
  • Contribution to policy and governance leading to sustainable improvement to quality of life
  • National, regional and international recognition (to consider whether same work nominated has been previously awarded)
  • H-index or equivalent

How to submit a nomination

The nomination form can be downloaded from: http://www.msa-foundation.org/about-msa/

Questions may be sent to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Deadline

Nomination submission closes on 31 October 2019

Dear OWSD Network,

The Research Department of the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) has opened the Call for Applications for its AIMS Small Research Grants in Climate Change Science programme:  https://www.nexteinstein.org/research/call-for-apps-sm-research-grants/

These grants will support projects that make substantive use of mathematical concepts to provide solutions to climate change issues in Africa. Projects will be supported for a period of 6 to 12 months at a non-recurring maximum cost of USD 10,000 per Grantee.

The grants are open to applicants of African descent who may be residing anywhere in the world; however, applicants not based in Africa must be able to hold the grant in an institution on the continent. Applicants must hold a doctorate in a quantitative discipline including, but not limited to, applied mathematics, climatology, physics, chemistry, computer science, statistical ecology, or engineering. The full Call for Applications with further eligibility criteria and more information is attached here.

The deadline for applications is 30 July 2018.

AIMS is also still welcoming applications for its Research Chairs in Climate Change Science programme: https://www.nexteinstein.org/research/call-for-applications-ccchair/

BCC Women’s Day – Call for resumes

The Benguela Current Convention is organizing a World Maritime Day event, to be celebrated on 26 September 2019  in Luanda,  Angola. The theme this year is "Empowering Women in the Maritime Community". In order to realize this event the BCC is producing a publication that is open to all women in the marine environment. This publication will profile and highlight their important contributions to the historically male-dominated marine sectors in the BCLME region.

Please find attached a call for resumes.

The closing date for submissions of resumes is 5 August 2019.

All resumes and inquiries are to be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Dear OWSD network,

We are happy to inform you OWSD is now officially accepting applications for the new fellowship for Early Career Women Scientists (ECWS). Simply click on 'Apply now' to begin your application. You may also save your application at any time to continue working on it later; click 'Resume' to continue. Please note that application materials will be accepted only through the online system.

As a reminder, this fellowship is a prestigious award of up to USD 50,000, generously provided by Canada’s IDRC/CRDI, and is offered to women scientists from Science and Technology Lagging Countries (STLCs) who have completed their PhDs in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) subjects and are employed at an academic or scientific research institute in one of the eligible countries. ECWS fellows will be supported for two years to continue their research at an international level while based at their home institutes, to build up research groups that will attract international visitors, and to link with industry.

Though applications must be submitted in English, all information about the programme is also available in French on the website. The full Call for Applications in both languages is attached here.

The deadline for completed online applications is 31 August 2018.

Questions may be sent to earlycareer [at] owsd.net

New IsDB-TWAS Fellowship and Research Grants Programmes, for Skill Building in Sustainability Science

The Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) and The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) are launching two ambitious new programmes to financially support researchers in sustainability science in the bank's member countries.

The call is open for new grants and postdoctoral fellowships for scientists in Islamic countries who are working in fields of sustainability.

The goal is to help IsDB member countries ranging from Asia and the Middle East to Africa and South America, develop crucial expertise and research in science that can support a sustainable future with shared benefits.

 The IsDB-TWAS Grants for Research Collaboration in Sustainability Sciences will support pairs of research groups that are collaborating on solving a common problem. The collaborating groups must come from different IsDB member countries, and at least one of the two partner groups must be from one of the 21 IsDB Least Developed Member Countries. The grants amount to a maximum of USD100,000 each, and will enable the collaborating groups to purchase equipment, improve their research facilities and support travel between their institutions for training. One joint project will be approved each year. The deadline to apply is 12 September.

IsDB-TWAS Postdoctoral Fellowships will be awarded to postdoctoral researchers from the sameThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it." moz-do-not-send="true"> 21 countries. The programme provides three- to six-month postdoctoral fellowships at international centres of excellence in the developing world. At least 21 fellowships will be awarded per year, and only researchers 45 years old and under will qualify. The deadline to apply is 12 September.

These fellowships and grants are focused on promoting expertise in fields directly connected to the SDGs, including agriculture; education; climate change; energy; sustainable cities; responsible growth; waste management; population growth; green chemistry; biodiversity; plastic pollution and micro-plastics; and water and hygiene.

The 21 IsDB Least Developed Member Countries are: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Benin, Burkina Faso, Chad, Comoros, Djibouti, the Gambia, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Mali, Mauritania, Mozambique, Niger, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Sudan, Togo, Uganda, and Yemen.


For more details, information and to apply please visit:

https://twas.org/opportunity/isdb-twas-postdoctoral-fellowship-programme

https://twas.org/opportunity/isdb-twas-research-grant

http://www.twas.org/

The International Development Research Centre (IDRC), the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), and Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) have launched a Call for research proposals: “Rapid Research Fund for Ebola Virus Disease Outbreaks”. 

The Call aims to support social science and humanities, population and public health and/or health systems research to increase collaboration and adaptive scaling of past evidence-based interventions that have proven successful in curbing Ebola Virus Disease transmission, promote novel approaches to remaining challenges, and link existing resources and expertise across the globe to inform the response to the outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease that started in April 2018 in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), as well as inform  prevention and response to future outbreaks of Ebola Virus Disease and other similar diseases. Specific aims of the Call are to enhance the mobilization of interdisciplinary teams of Canadian and African health and social scientists and humanists, as well as knowledge users, to help contain the current Ebola Virus Disease outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), and prevent or mitigate the impact of future Ebola Virus Disease and similar threats to the region.

Please refer to the attached documents for more details.  More Information is available on our website.

Deadline to apply: 13 July, 2018 at 12:00pm EDT (Ottawa)

Extended Deadlines: Opportunities Alert for Sub-Saharan Africa: TWAS Regional Prize, TWAS-SAREP Prize, TWAS Young Affiliates & TWAS Prizes 2019

The World Academy of Sciences Sub-Saharan Africa Regional Partner (TWAS-SAREP) invites you to nominate suitable candidates for the below opportunities. Kindly disseminate these opportunities further to your databases, networks, colleagues, websites and social media. We also wish to encourage the 2018 unsuccessful nominees/candidates to resubmit for the 2019 TWAS Young Affiliates.

e poverty, health and sustainable development. The ideal candidate must meet at least one of the following criteria: Scientific research achievement of outstanding significance f

TWAS Regional Prize 2019: Development of Scientific Educational Material, Closing 25 August 2019

The World Academy of Sciences sub-Saharan Africa Regional Partner (TWAS-SAREP) seeks to honour an outstanding scientist/candidate who has made significant contribution to the Development of Scientific Educational Material. Scientific Educational Materials are essential components for solving many local, regional and global challenges that includ or the development of scientific thought or and Outstanding contribution to the application of Science and Technology to industry or to human well-being in a developing country. The prize is awarded in fulfilment of the TWAS objective of recognising, supporting and promoting scientific capacity and excellence in the developing world. The deadline for nominations is 25 August 2019.

 

EXTENDED DEADLINE: TWAS-SAREP Regional Young Scientists' Prize 2019_Infectious Diseases, Closing date is 31 August 2019.

The World Academy of Sciences Sub-Saharan Africa Regional Partner wishes to invite you to nominate suitable candidates for the TWAS-SAREP Regional Young Scientists’ Prize 2019 on Infectious Diseases. TWAS-SAREP seeks to honour an outstanding young scientist/Investigator in health sciences who has made significant contribution to: the prevention and control of communicable and non-communicable infectious diseases initiatives in developing countries. The ideal candidate would have contributed through research output that demonstrates impact on human health; advocacy for health equity; training and mentorship of investigators; excellent contributions through clinical or basic research in infectious diseases; recognised contributions to public health through scientific achievements, philanthropy and policy related engagements. Moreover, the ideal candidate must have been involved in community engagement and must have published in a reputable, high impact journal. The prize is awarded in fulfilment of the TWAS objective of recognising, supporting and promoting scientific capacity and excellence in the developing world. The deadline for nominations is 31 August 2019. The 2019 TWAS-SAREP Regional Young Scientists’ Prize is aligned to the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goal #3 “Ensure healthy lives and promote wellbeing for all at all ages”. This goal strongly features in other SDGs and in the seven Science, Technology and Innovation Strategy for Africa (STISA) 2024 priority areas. Access Nomination form here: TWAS-SAREP RYSP 19

EXTENDED DEADLINE: Young Affiliates 2019, Closing date is 20 August 2019

 

The World Academy of Sciences Sub-Saharan Africa Regional Partner wishes to invite you to nominate suitable candidates for the TWAS Young Affiliateship. The call for nominations is open until 20 August 2019. Every year the five TWAS Regional Partners each select up to five scientists to be Young Affiliates for a period of five years. During their tenure, Affiliates are invited to participate in TWAS general meetings and conferences as well as provide feedback to TWAS on how the Academy can respond to the needs of young scientists in developing countries. The idea of the Young Affiliateship is to give opportunities to young scientists who currently do not have them because they are based in Africa or elsewhere in the developing world. To be eligible, the nominated scientists must have PhD, be aged 40 or less on 1st January of the year in which they are selected, living and working in a developing country for at least the past three years and have an excellent track record of at least 10 international publications in peer reviewed journals. Nominations are invited from TWAS and AAS fellows, Members of National Academies and fellows, Members of Young Academies of Science in the region, Research Institutions, Research Councils and Universities in the region. The nomination of women is encouraged. Access Nomination form here: TWAS Young Affiliates 2019 Form.

TWAS Prizes 2019: Nominations Sought for TWAS Fellows Awards for Women Scientists, Closing date is 31 July 2019

The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) – for the advancement of science in developing countries is inviting nominations for the following 2019 prizes devoted to Women scientists. The deadline to submit complete nominations for each of the above-mentioned prizes is 31 July 2019. For inquiries, please contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

We look forward to receiving your nominations.

The 500 Women Scientists project has launched an initiative, Request a Woman Scientist, to promote the visibility of women scientists in the media, at scientific conferences, at universities, and in government. 

As they put it, "Too often, high-profile articles, conference panels, and boards are filled with a disproportionate number of male voices. News stories are reported by more men by a huge margin, and this imbalance is reflected in how frequently women are quoted in news stories unless journalists make a conscious effort to reach out."

The Request a Woman Scientist initiative aims to correct this imbalance by creating a platform to create an extensive, multidisciplinary network of vetted women in science and to connect them with anyone who needs to consult a scientist for a news story, invite a keynote speaker or panelist for a conference or workshop, find a woman scientist to collaborate on a project, or serve as a subject matter expert in any capacity.

Women scientists in any discipline and country can sign up to be a resource through the project's website by filling out a simple form, at:

https://500womenscientists.org/request-a-scientist/

The database of women experts can be filtered by country, discipline, level of expertise and interests, so if you are putting together an event and would like to see more participation by women, this is a very handy resource.

We invite you all to take a look and consider registering as a resource yourself - your expertise is needed!

Global Young Academy: Call for new members

The Global Young Academy (GYA) is now inviting applications for new members.

Applications are sought from young, independent scholars who are able to demonstrate a high level of excellence in their discipline, ascertained by a proven track record and expected future achievements. Moreover, applicants must demonstrate a clear commitment to making a difference in society. PhD or equivalent is a requirement for applicants.

The Global Young Academy is committed to a broad range of programmes around the world to support young scholars, promote science to a broad audience, engage in policy debate, and foster international and interdisciplinary collaboration. Applicants should provide evidence of interest or experience in one or more of these areas.

Each GYA member is expected to attend the GYA Annual General Meeting each year and is also expected to actively contribute to one or more of the organization’s programmes, which include participation in policy development, promotion of National Young Academies, supporting science outreach and education at the national and international levels, and the young scientist ambassador programme. The GYA is an active organization, and being a member requires a time commitment on each member’s part. In the event that applicants are selected as new GYA members, they should be available to attend the next Annual General Meeting, which is scheduled for 8 – 12 June 2020 in India.

Eligibility

The call is open to all scholars working in any research-based discipline, including the sciences, medicine, engineering, social sciences, the arts and humanities.

Applicants should be in the early to middle years of their independent careers. The majority of the GYA members are aged 30-40 and the typical period from completion of a PhD or similar degree is 3-10 years. Applicants falling outside these ranges are still invited to send their applications with a justification for why they should be considered.

Applications

Applications must be completed online at: https://app.globalyoungacademy.net/?pk_vid=c711e07b2a134b701563268678f0ee12

More application instructions are available at: https://globalyoungacademy.net/call-for-new-members/

A flyer for the Call for Applications is attached here for easy reference.

The deadline for applications is 15 September 2019.

EQUALS in Tech Awards: Call for Nominations

EQUALS, a global initiative to promote gender equality online and in the tech sector, has opened the Call for Nominations for its annual EQUALS in Tech Awards.

These awards are given to people who are helping girls and women get equal access, skills, and opportunities online and in the tech industry. Winners get a paid trip to the awards ceremony, opportunities to network with entrepreneurs, activists, teachers, and leaders, and membership on an advisory panel that chooses future award winners.

Awards are given in four categories:

  • Access - Ideas that improve women's and girls' digital technology access, connectivity and security
  • Skills - Ideas that support development of women's and girls' STEM skills
  • Leadership - Ideas that promote women in decision-making roles within the ICT field or initiatives promoted by tech sector companies to bridge the digital gender divide
  • Research - Initiatives that work to expand digital gender divide knowledge in support of evidence-based decision making.

Some examples of eligible ideas could be: a plan to use social media to help women farmers in Kenya predict the weather; figuring out how to get mobile phones to Native Canadian teen girls in rural towns; working on reducing the representation and pay gap for women in Silicon Valley; or preventing AI algorithms from perpetuating gender bias.

If you or someone you know is working on a cool project about girls and women in tech, nominate them for the EQUALS in Tech Awards:

https://www.equals.org/2018-awards

The awards are open to civil society, government agencies, UN system and international organizations, companies and academia.

The deadline for nominations is 20 July 2018.

South Africa-UK Antibiotic Accelerator Initiative

Request for Applications is now available on the SAMRC’s website - http://www.samrc.ac.za/request-for-applications/south-africa-uk-antibiotic-accelerator-initiative-request-applications

Deadline for applications: 5 September 2019 - 17:00 GMT+1

The UK MRC and South African MRC (SAMRC) are pleased to invite proposals to the South Africa – UK Antibiotic Accelerator under the umbrella of the Newton Fund.

This initiative will provide funding for high quality collaborative research partnerships focused on addressing the growing global burden of antimicrobial resistance, specifically antibacterial resistance in (South) Africa, through drug discovery.

In total, the MRC will make up to £2 million available to support the antibiotic accelerator over a three-year period. The UK contribution will be matched by SAMRC who will provide up to R24 million.

Eligibility

This call will fund an Antibiotic Accelerator comprised of UK- and South Africa-based researchers working on pre-competitive antibacterial drug discovery. It is important to note that:

  • This is an open call; applicants do not need to have attended the SA-UK AMR DD workshop or previously held a SA-UK AMR partnership grant in order to apply.
  • Full applications are conditional on having submitted an intention to submit.
  • The funding agencies will play a further brokering role in this call, after the intention to submit stage.

For support under this call, applicants must be eligible to apply for funding from their respective country’s funding agency:

  • For the UK, applicants must be from an RO eligible for funding from UKRI, as described on the MRC website.
  • South African applicants must be eligible for funding from SAMRC and should use the appropriate project code when submitting applications.

All proposals for this call must meet Newton Fund requirements. In particular, proposals must be compliant with Official Development Assistance (ODA) funding rules.

Principal Investigators (PIs) may only submit one application to this scheme as PI but may be involved in more applications if listed as a Co-Investigator.

Applicants with queries regarding eligibility should contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

View the complete Request for Applications

Sub-Saharan Africa to receive £25M in new programme aimed at early career scientists

A new sub-Saharan Africa grant scheme, Future Leaders – African Independent Researchers (FLAIR) Fellowships, opens for applications today (21 May 2018). The scheme offers talented African early career researchers who have the potential to become leaders in their field, the opportunity to develop an independent research career in a sub-Saharan African institution.

The programme is being run in partnership with the African Academy of Sciences (AAS) and the Royal Society, with support from the UK’s Global Challenges Research Fund.

The aims of the FLAIR fellowship programme are:

  • Developing Africa’s next generation of research leaders - supporting talented early career African researchers to establish their scientific independence, focus on developing their research and become leaders in their chosen discipline covering natural sciences.
  • Supporting excellent research - enabling African researchers to address areas of global significance across the natural sciences through high-quality research, advancing knowledge and innovation which aims to benefit their country and address aspects of the Sustainable Development Goals.
  • Enhancing research environments - working through relevant partners, awards will contribute towards institutional research capacity strengthening and establishing good financial grants practice in African universities and research institutions.
  • Fostering collaboration and impact – establishing mutually beneficial long-term links between African Fellows and UK researchers to harness the expertise of the UK research base through equitable partnerships and enhancing knowledge exchange and translation into sustainable policy and practical benefits.

Professor Richard Catlow, Foreign Secretary of the Royal Society said:

“We are delighted to have joined in partnership with the African Academy of Sciences, and are looking forward to working together with support from the Global Challenges Research Fund, to launch the FLAIR Fellowships.

“Science is a truly global endeavour that benefits from a diversity of approaches and experiences. Our ambition for FLAIR is that it will help to establish the next generation of leading African scientists, supporting them in partnership with the African Academy of Sciences to realise their goals and forge independent paths in research, whilst addressing the global challenges that are directly relevant to their countries and developing countries more broadly. FLAIR also provides an opportunity for these future leading scientists to tap into the network of scientific excellence that both the Academies’ represent, to take advantage of training and mentoring opportunities, as well as building lasting connections and international collaborations with peers across Africa and UK scientists.”

Professor Felix Dapare Dakora, AAS President said:

 “The AAS sees postdoctoral training as a critical stepping-stone to a successful research career and to promote globally competitive research in African universities and research institutions. This partnership with the Royal Society enables us to address critical gaps in the continent’s research capacity to ensure thriving ecosystems and catalyse science-driven enterprises as well as to help African scientists to develop their careers and to support them to provide solutions to improve the quality of lives for all Africans.”

Proposals invited: Elsevier Foundation-ISC3 Green & Sustainable Chemistry Challenge - deadline 15 September

Proposals are now invited for the Elsevier Foundation-ISC3 Green & Sustainable Chemistry Challenge, which seeks to stimulate innovative chemistry research that helps the environment and low-resource communities in emerging and developing countries.

Project proposals for this challenge should be replicable, scalable, and sustainable, and should be applicable in developing countries. They should:

  • Reduce or eliminates the use or generation of one or more hazardous substances or materials
  • Provide a more sustainable use of resources (e.g., bio-, minerals, metals but also water, energy), or products, or more sustainable manufacturing/ application of chemical products
  • Increase longevity, increases reuse or recyclability of chemicals/products e.g. by proper design or manner of application etc.

Prizes
The winners will be announced at the 2020 Green & Sustainable Chemistry Conference in Germany. The Challenge is articulated in two tracks:

Please note: participants will be able to submit to only one of the two prizes.

The Elsevier Foundation-ISC3 Green & Sustainable Chemistry Challenge is jointly run by the Elsevier Foundation, Elsevier’s chemistry journals team and ISC3. The Challenge is open to individuals and non-profit organizations whose projects use green and sustainable chemistry solutions to tackle some of the developing world’s greatest sustainability challenges whether in water, sanitation or energy. Read more about Elsevier and green chemistry.

A list of useful information that answers to the most asked questions is available here. The criteria with which the proposals will be evaluated can be found here.

All further information can be found at: https://www.elsevierfoundation.org/programs/research-in-developing-countries/greenchem/

The deadline for proposal submission is 15 September 2019.

Invitation Second ASSAf Presidential Roundtable: Science, Scholarship and Society

Please find an invitation to ASSAf’s 2nd Presidential Roundtable on Changing Campus Cultures and the Future of South African Universities – the discussion will be moderated by ASSAf President, Prof Jonathan Jansen and will take place at the Country Club – Johannesburg on 30 May 2018.

Gendered Innovations: Case Studies from Africa

Call for Proposals

Closing date: 14 August 2019

Background

Gender in science, innovation, technology and engineering (SITE) is an international initiative to promote the role of gender in science, innovation, technology and engineering, and to demonstrate how applying a gender lens to SITE can provide deeper insights, more effective programmes and more sustainable outcomes in the context of development. The regional focal points are Africa and Latin America and the Caribbean.

GenderInSITE Africa is coordinated and hosted by the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf).

The activities of GenderInSITE focus on:

  • • Policy development
  • • Human capital development in response to SITE
  • • Promotion and raising awareness of SITE
  • • SITE for all
  • • Engagement with key stakeholders.

Case Studies of Gendered Innovations in Africa

The global development challenges we face are well known: poverty, lack of institutional capacity, environmental degradation, climate change and increasingly destructive natural disasters, health threats such as HIV/AIDS and malnutrition, and gender inequality. Policy and other decision-makers need to weigh difficult trade-offs at every step, and innovation is critical to countries’ ability to adapt to changing circumstances and contribute to the global knowledge bank.

Gender equality is not just a single goal of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG 5), but cuts across several of the other SDGs as set out by the United Nations. Many advancements have been made towards gender equality in science, technology and innovation, in industries, private and government sector, regionally, nationally, and internationally.

The value of case studies as a tangible means to demonstrate the complex linkages between gender, innovation and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as was underscored at a recent Pretoria workshop by the impressive work of Prof Londa Schiebinger of Stanford University.

In an attempt to promote the importance of gendered innovation, this project aims to identify and showcase case studies from the African continent that demonstrate either the positive impacts of gendered innovation or the negative consequences when gender is not considered. Few case studies from Africa are used in gendered innovation discussions, and this project addresses this shortcoming.

The case studies will also aid in informing policymakers, academic planners, both male and female scientists, media and civil society on the importance of gender equality to advance science, technology and innovation for development, at national, regional and global levels. The case studies should highlight the impact of using a gender lens to bring about gender equality in society; and suggest ways of how national governments can improve their support to enhance their contribution to inclusive development.

The workshop Gender and Innovation: Implications for Sustainable Development, was held in Pretoria, South Africa, 4-6 September 2017. The workshop was funded by the Elsevier Foundation and GenderInSITE, coordinated by ASSAf, and had important local support from the Department of Science and Technology (DST) and the Technology Innovation Agency (TIA). It gathered an impressive number of international experts from both developed and developing countries. After three days of intense discussions, there was an agreement on two important follow-up actions that would be collectively implemented by a network of institutions that participates in this meeting. This proposal describes the follow-up actions and requests support from GenderInSITE to implement them in 2018 and 2019. The two proposed follow-up actions are:

  1. 1. Influencing the funders;
  2. 2. International project of case studies of gendered innovations in Africa, and later expanded to include other regions of the Global South.

Thus Africa, with the network of the academy (ASSAf), OWSD National Chapters, TWAS, ISC and others, is an excellent consideration to champion this project before expanding it further to the global South.

The objective of this proposed initiative, focusing on case studies from the African continent, is to demonstrate the value of gendered innovation by showing the positive impacts, as well as the negative consequences when gender is not considered; and to analyse the environment needed to enable gendered innovation.

A Steering Committee made up of representatives who attended the Pretoria meeting and who have agreed to be part of this initiative, as well as members of influential agencies in the different countries will oversee the project. They are: GenderInSITE; Gendered Innovations Project and ASSAf - Academy of Science of South Africa, amongst others. The role of the Steering Committee will be to establish criteria for the selection of case studies, and from presentations made by shortlisted candidates, make the final selection of one case study to be showcased from the continent. The implementation of the project will comprise two components, each of which will have well-defined outputs and outcomes.

  1. Identification of relevant case studies

Each country or identified region will have a coordinator, identified from the network of institutions present at the Pretoria meeting or via, for example, the TWAS regional offices, who will be tasked with putting in place a process to identify and select two to three case studies from the region. The value of this exercise will be to establish inter-regional institutional linkages, the creation of awareness around gendered innovation and the assemblage of a valuable set of regional case study material, which potentially could be consolidated into a report. The final selection of the case study to be transformed into a short video, to be showcased will be done by the Steering Committee in a face-to-face meeting after the short-listed case studies have been presented at a workshop. 

  1. Production of videos of selected case study

The final case study will be transformed into a professional short video, clearly showing the central issues of the case study. The video will be used to advocate and influence policymakers and funders, international organisations and other relevant institutions involved in the implementation of the SDGs. The video will also be made available on the GenderInSITE website. The video will be supplemented by a strong analytical component that will be focused on each specific audience. The value of this innovative part of the project will be a tangible output that will be used for advocacy and awareness creation, and the analytical work undertaken for the case study.

Application Process

There is a two-step application process:

  • The first step is to submit a written proposal using the attached application form. Submitted case study proposals will be reviewed by a committee, and a shortlist compiled.
  • Shortlisted applicants will be invited to a workshop to be convened most likely in South Africa to present their case studies. Thereafter the successful case study/studies will be announced, and arrangements made to showcase it/them will be made.

Applications must be submitted to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 14 August 2019

Adjudication Process

The adjudication of the case study proposals will be undertaken by a committee comprising various individuals affiliated to GenderInSITE. Criteria to be used will include the following:

  • Proposal application form completed in full and submitted in accordance with the guidelines given.
  • Nature of the innovation – clarity of purpose, context, support for the development of science, technology and innovation (STI), link to an SDG and impact.
  • Understanding and significance of gender dimensions of the case study proposal.  

Eligibility

Any individual, or institution working in, or wanting to innovate in SITE, specifically as it relates to the dimension of gender in Africa.

To download the application form, please click here.

To download the call, please click here.

Mathematical and natural sciences have long and honorable traditions of participation by highly creative women contributors. However, the percentages of women scientists remain shockingly low and there is a significant gender gap at all levels between women and men. Barriers to achievement by women persist, especially in developing countries.

The project “A Global Approach to the Gender Gap in Mathematical, Computing, and Natural Sciences: How to Measure It, How to Reduce It?” will produce sound data to support the choices of interventions that ICSU and member unions can feasibly undertake.

Currently, existing data on participation of women in the mathematical and natural sciences is scattered, outdated, and inconsistent across regions and research fields. The project will provide evidence to support the making of informed decisions on science policy. Temporal trends will be included, as the situation of women in science is constantly evolving, sometimes with some negative developments. Data will be collected via both a joint global survey and a bibliographic study of publication patterns. The survey is planned to reach 45,000 respondents in more than 130 countries using at least 10 languages, while the study of publication patterns will analyze comprehensive metadata sources corresponding to publications of more than 500,000 scientists since 1970. Contrasts and common ground across regions and cultures, less developed and highly developed countries, men and women, mathematical and natural sciences, will be highlighted.

Moreover, the project aims to provide easy access to materials proven to be useful in encouraging girls and young women to study and pursue education in mathematics and natural sciences. Regional information about careers, jobs and salaries directed at parents, schools, and other relevant agents, will be provided.

Read more:

The Department of Science and Technology (DST) calls for nominations for the 2019 South African Women in Science Awards (SAWiSA).  The awards recognise and reward excellence by women scientists and researchers, and profile them as role models for younger women.  The awards will be made to women who are South African citizens or permanent residents.

The theme for the 2019 SAWiSA is making the fourth industrial revolution work for women. The fourth industrial revolution (4IR) has been defined as technological development that blurs the lines between the physical, digital, and biological systems. It integrates cyber-physical systems and the internet of things, big data and cloud computing, robotics, artificial intelligence and additive manufacturing. Compared to previous industrial revolutions, this one is evolving at an exponential rate with potential significant impacts on society and human dynamics. The Humanities and Social Sciences are as critical as the Natural and Engineering Sciences in the 4IR discourse. It is important that the power and potential of all of humanity is unleashed to benefit from the 4IR. Women, who account for more than half of the population of the world have a major role to play.  

Awards in the distinguished woman and distinguished young woman researcher categories will be made for research in the Natural (Life and Physical) and Engineering Sciences, Humanities and Social Sciences, and Research and Innovation (R&I). Awards on the latter (R&I) will be made in the areas aligned to the 4IR. The DST-Albertina Sisulu Fellowships and TATA Scholarships will be awarded to currently registered master’s and PhD students.

The 2019 SAWiSA will be presented on 15 August 2019 as part of the Department's celebration of Women's Month.  The awards will be made in the following categories:

AWARD CATEGORIES

  1. Awards for Distinguished Woman Researchers
  • Natural (Life and Physical) and Engineering Sciences
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
  1. Awards for Distinguished Young Woman Researchers
  • Natural (Life and Physical) and Engineering Sciences
  • Humanities and Social Sciences

 

  1. Awards for Research and Innovation
  • Distinguished Woman Researcher
  • Distinguished Young Woman Researcher

 

  1. DST-Albertina Sisulu Fellowships
  • Six master's students: 2 in Natural Sciences, 1 in Engineering Sciences, 1 in Human and Social Sciences (HSS), 1 in Indigenous Knowledge Systems (IKS) and 1 in Astronomy.
  • Six doctoral students: 2 in Natural Sciences, 1 in Engineering Sciences, 1 in HSS, 1 in (IKS) and 1 in Astronomy.

 

  1. TATA Africa Scholarships for Women in Science, Engineering and Technology
  • Three master's students in disciplines where the participation of women is low.
  • Three doctoral students in disciplines where the participation of women is low.

 

NOTE:

  1. 1. Winners may be requested to participate in public awareness initiatives led by the DST.
  2. 2. All applicants /nominees are required to submit a short profile.

3     Shortlisted finalists will be required to submit three high-resolution photographs to be used for publicity.


NOMINATIONS/ APPLICATIONS

Nominations and applications on the attached form should reach the Department of Science and Technology by Friday, 31 May 2019.  No late submissions will be accepted.

The call document has nomination forms for researchers as annexure A, and the application forms for students as annexure B. The application or nomination should be accompanied by the documentation specified for each category.

To meet all the requirements, the attached checklist must be completed and submitted.

Nominations and applications clearly indicating the category, should be submitted electronically (using the attached form) to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   

NB: Please note that further correspondence will be only entered into with shortlisted finalists.

For more information contact Mr Thembinkosi Magasela at 012 843 6338 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

2018 call for applications is open

PhD Fellowships for Women Scientists from Science and Technology Lagging Countries

The Fellowship is offered to women scientists from Science and Technology Lagging Countries (STLCs) to undertake PhD research in the Natural, Engineering and Information Technology sciences at a host institute in the South.

The 2018 Call for Applications is open.

Purpose

The programme is administered with funds generously provided by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) and is offered in partnership with host institutes throughout the developing world.

The general purpose of the fellowship programme is to contribute to the emergence of a new generation of women leaders in science and technology, and to promote their effective participation in the scientific and technological development of their countries.

The specific aims of the fellowship programme are:

  • To improve access to educational and training opportunities in science and technology for young and talented women graduates from STLCs.
  • To increase the scientific productivity and creativity of women scientists in STLCs.
  • To empower a new generation of talented women to assume a leadership role in science and technology.
  • To encourage women scientists to contribute to the sustainable development of their home countries.
  • To enable women scientist from the South to collaborate and network on a regional and international level.

Fellowship support

Candidates can choose between two study schemes:

  • full-time fellowship (maximum 4 years funding), where the research is undertaken entirely at a host institute in another developing country in the South.
  • sandwich fellowship, where the candidate must be a registered PhD student in her home country and undertakes part of her studies at a host institute in another developing country.
    The sandwich fellowship is awarded for a minimum of 1 and a maximum of 3 research visits at the host institute. The minimum duration of the first visit is 6 months. The total number of months spent at the host institute cannot exceed 20 months. The funding period cannot exceed 4 years.
    OWSD particularly encourages candidates to consider the sandwich option, which allows them to earn the PhD in their home country while accessing specialist researchers and equipment abroad, at the host institute.

The fellowship support is only provided while the student is on site, at the host institute.

For more information regarding this amazing opportunity, click here.

The L’Oréal- UNESCO partnership launches the first edition of theSouth African National programme to support young female scientists.

- 5 Fellowships of R80 000 each, will be granted to 5 South African Phd students.

- 2 Fellowships of R160 000 each, will be granted to 2 South African postdoctoral researchers.

Closing date for applications: Tuesday, 15 May 2019

For more information and to apply visit www.forwomeninscience.com 

For enquiries email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Dear OWSD Members,

Kindly note that we are in the process of updating member information for the website and our database.

Please email a short summary of yourself, as well as a good quality photo of yourself (jpeg). This is to be posted on the website.

Kindly ensure we have the most recent contact details to ensure you are kept up to date with news and opportunities. This information will be kept private.

Contact:

Elzarie Swanepoel

Liaison Officer for Gender - Science, Technology and Innovation

Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf)

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

OWSD is pleased to inform you that the 2019 Call for Applications for Early Career Fellowship for women scientists is NOW OPEN.
 
This Fellowship is a prestigious award of up to USD 50,000, generously provided by Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC), and is offered to women scientists from eligible Science and Technology Lagging Countries (STLCs) who have completed their PhDs in science, technology, engineering and mathematics subjects within the last 10 years and are employed at an academic or scientific research institute in one of the eligible countries. Early Career fellows are supported for two years to continue their research at an international level while based at their home institutes, to build up research groups that will attract international visitors, and to link with industry.

The fellowship provides funding for a wide range of expenses, including equipment, consumables, research visits, exchanges and programmes, teaching and assistance, information resources, product development and linking with industry, outreach, communications and networking, and other expenses. A full list of eligible expenses is available in the attached Call for Applications. Fellows will also take part in two training workshops on leadership and entrepreneurial skills.

All details regarding eligibility, specifications of the research projects, selection and how to apply are available at: https://owsd.net/career-development/early-career-women-scientists-ecws-fellowships

The deadline for completed online applications is 30 April 2019.

The official language for the application is English; however, all information about the programme will also be available in French shortly at: https://bit.ly/2IKPfRZ

A short video from a workshop with the first cohort of 2018 Early Career fellows can be viewed at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=clEGGxjIz1g.

Please also find attached a poster which can be printed and posted at your institutions. We encourage you to share this opportunity with women scientists and others in your networks.

Questions about this fellowship can be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Dear Colleagues

We would like to invite you to participate in International Data Week 2018, in one of the following ways:

About IDW2018

International Data Week 2018 (IDW 2018) will be held on 5-8 November 2018 in Gaborone, Botswana. Hosted by the Botswana Open Science and Open Data Forum, IDW 2018 will bring together data scientists, researchers, industry leaders, entrepreneurs, policymakers and data stewards from all disciplines and geographies across the globe.

Co-organized by the ICSU World Data System (WDS), the ICSU Committee on Data for Science and Technology (CODATA), the Research Data Alliance (RDA), University of Botswana (UoB) and the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf), IDW 2018 combines the 12th RDA Plenary Meeting, the bi-annual meeting of the research data community, and SciDataCon 2018, the scientific conference addressing the frontiers of data in research. To a greater degree than at IDW 2016 in Denver, Colorado, the events will be integrated, such that each day will feature an inspiring and engaging range of activities.

In a hyper-connected world where the Internet is pervasive and web technologies are driving major changes in our lives, research has become more than ever before digital and international. With the theme of ‘The Digital Frontiers of Global Science’, this landmark event will be a rich week of science and data, featuring world renowned keynote speakers, plenary panels and discussions, and the presentation of high quality research and practical working sessions for international collaborations.  Focus topics will include:

  • Research issues in a global and digital age
  • Applications, progress and challenges of data intensive research
  • Data infrastructure and enabling practices for international and collaborative research

All areas of research are in scope, including the social sciences, humanities, and business and management sciences. Similarly, the applications of data outside of research will also be considered.  

Thank you for your support to help make this event a success, putting the focus on data intensive research happening on the African continent.

On behalf of the IDW2018 Programme Committee

We are pleased to inform you that the 2019 Call for Applications for the OWSD PhD Fellowship is now open.

This Fellowship is offered to women scientists from Science and Technology Lagging Countries to undertake PhD research in the natural, engineering and information technology sciences at a host institute in the South.

Costs covered include travel to the host country, tuition fees, board, accommodation and living expenses, and a special allowance for travel to international conferences. The programme is administered with funds generously provided by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) and is offered in partnership with host institutes throughout the developing world.

Two types of fellowship are available:

  • A full-time fellowship (maximum 4 years funding), where the research is undertaken entirely at a host institute in another developing country in the South.
  • A sandwich fellowship, where the candidate must be a registered PhD student in her home country and undertakes part of her studies at a host institute in another developing country. The sandwich fellowship is awarded for a minimum of 1 and a maximum of 3 research visits at the host institute. OWSD particularly encourages candidates to consider the sandwich option, which allows them to earn the PhD in their home country while accessing specialist researchers and equipment abroad, at the host institute.

The full Call for Applications is attached here in both English and French. A list of the eligible countries for this fellowship is also attached, along with some posters which can be printed and distributed at your institutes, or sent digitally.  We are also attaching some tips for successful applications. We would greatly appreciate your help in spreading the word about this opportunity to your networks and to anyone you think could benefit.

All information regarding the fellowship, including full eligibility and selection criteria, required application materials, and the link to the application form, can be found on the OWSD website at:

https://owsd.net/career-development/phd-fellowship

Application materials are also available in French at: https://owsd.net/bourses-de-doctorat

The deadline for applications for this fellowship is May 30, 2019.

Questions regarding the fellowship may be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Gender gap in science—2018 global survey of mathematical, computing and natural scientists

A major global survey is aiming to answer a big question: How can we measure and reduce the gender gap in science?

The Global Survey of Mathematical, Computing, and Natural Scientists is being run by the International Council for Science and is open until 31 October 2018. The survey is targeting 45,000 respondents in multiple languages to develop a better knowledge of the gender gap in global science.

The survey will explore comparisons across regions, countries, disciplines, level of development of the country, sector of employment and age. It will also look at scientists’ development of interest in science, experiences in education and careers, family support, access to resources needed to conduct science, and opportunities to contribute to the scientific enterprise.

Read more: https://www.science.org.au/academy-newsletter/may-2018-116/gender-gap-science—2018-global-survey-mathematical-computing-and

 

The International Mathematical Union (IMU), in collaboration with TWAS, The World Academy of Sciences, is opening a new call of the IMU Breakout Graduate Fellowship program to support postgraduate studies, in a developing country, leading to a PhD degree in the mathematical sciences. Professional mathematicians are invited to nominate highly motivated and mathematically talented students from developing countries who plan to complete a doctoral degree in a developing country, including their own home country. Nominees must have a consistently good academic record and must be seriously interested in pursuing a career of research and teaching in mathematics.


For full details on eligibility criteria and the online nomination form, please see: https://www.mathunion.org/cdc/scholarshipsgraduate-scholarships/imu-breakout-graduate-fellowship-program

Conditions for the Nominator (Professional Mathematician):
Professional mathematicians (including those who have superannuated, but continue to mentor young students). It is preferable that the nominator has been mentoring the nominee.

Conditions for the Nominee (Student):
The student must be A) resident AND B) a citizen of a developing country. 
The student must either:
        A) be pre-accepted to join a doctoral program in the first academic year after the time of selection in a university or research institution which is based on a developing country. OR
        B) already be enrolled in a doctoral program in a university or research institution which is based on a developing country. 
There is no age limit for the student.
Nomination for women students is strongly encouraged.

Deadline to apply: 31 May 2019

For any inquiries, please contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Dear Colleagues,

The organisers of the ICSU Gender Gap in Science project have assembled a Global Survey of Mathematical, Computing, and Natural Scientists, and would like to invite you all to participate in the survey.

Please letter of invitation from the Survey Coordinators Marie-Francoise Roy Mei-Hung Chiu. 

As women in the sciences with invaluable experiences and insights on this issue, we strongly encourage you to take the survey, which is available on the website in seven languages. Thank you for contributing to reduce the gender gap in science around the world.

The Paris Region (Région Ile-de-France) has recently opened the Call for Applications for the 2019 Blaise Pascal International Chairs of Excellence programme, which enables eminent foreign and expatriate researches to be hosted by higher education and research institutions of the Paris Region and provides funding for their research project: http://parisregion.eu/news.html. Each Chair holder is hosted by one or more higher education and research institutions of the Paris Region for the minimum hosting period of 12 months (full-time) that can be spread over 2 years. The exact entry date is defined by a host institution.

The Paris Region strongly encourages applications from women scientists and aims to attain a better gender balance among the applicants.


This Call for Applications is open to high-level foreign researchers (without any condition of nationality) or expatriate researchers in positions abroad, in any discipline including human and social sciences. They must propose an ambitious research project that should be carried out in collaboration with researchers in host laboratory of the Paris Region.

Each Chair will receive up to 170 000€ to cover the researcher’s pay, as well as some operating costs needed to carry out the research project: cost of hiring assistants and researchers, travel and installation expenses, conferences and seminars organization cost. Equipment costs and management fees are not covered by the package.


For more information, see the full Call for Applications attached here, or visit: http://parisregion.eu/news.html

Questions may be sent to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The deadline for applications is 1 May 2019.

Dear colleagues,

The Kenya National Academy of Sciences(KNAS) will be hosting an event on 28 June to celebrate the Scientific Revival Day of Africa.

Sub-Themes:-

  1. Migration and Geographical Distribution of Brain Drain in the world.
  2. Brain Drain and Brain Gain; Technology Transfer and Development.
  3. Economic Impact of Brain Drain.
  4. Policies and Strategies for turning Brain Drain and Brain Gain into opportunities for transformation of Kenya’s Economy into Knowledge Economy.
  5. Science, Technology and Capacity Building Frameworks.

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS

Prepare a concise informative abstract of your presentation not exceeding 250 words typed in single – spaced and 12 point Times New Roman. The abstract should state briefly the objectives, policy problem, Methodology, findings and Policy recommendations. Abbreviations should be avoided, but if necessary, they must be defined at their first mention. Abstracts in both doc(x) and pdf formats should be submitted as an email attachment to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Indicate in your E-mail the category of your abstract whether it’s for oral/ poster presentation. Only one abstract per author is permitted.

IMPORTANT DATES

The abstracts should be submitted by May 18th, 2018 and notification of final acceptance will be conveyed by May 31st, 2018. The oral presentations whose papers will be accepted will be required to submit their full papers by 12th June, 2018.

CONTACTS

Kenya National Academy of Sciences Secretariat

P.O. Box 4618 00100 Nairobi, Utalii House, 9th  Floor, Room 924.

Tel: +254 20 311714 Mobile: 0718780649         

E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Please see below an opportunity from OWSD's partners TWAS (The World Academy of Sciences) and the InterAcademy Partnership (IAP).


Call for Nominations: OPCW-TWAS-IAP Workshop on Policy and Diplomacy for scientists: Introduction to Responsible Research Practices in Chemical and Biochemical Sciences

The third edition of a workshop on “Policy and Diplomacy for Scientists: Introduction to Responsible Research Practices in Chemical and Biochemical Sciences” will be held from 9 to 13 September 2019 at the headquarters of The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) in Trieste, Italy.  The workshop will be organised in collaboration between TWAS and the InterAcademy Partnership (IAP).

The objective of the workshop is to raise awareness among young scientists on the policy and diplomacy aspects that are related to the use of chemicals in various scientific disciplines, including chemistry, biochemistry, biotechnology, and other related fields. In particular, scientists will be updated on the Chemical Weapons Convention (hereinafter “the Convention”) and other international treaties and regulatory tools governing the transfer and use of chemicals. Aspects related to sustainability, ethics, and responsibility in research practices, as well as safety and security norms and standards in science, will also be addressed. The ultimate goal of the event will be to bridge the gap between scientists and policymakers and to promote the adoption of responsible and sustainable practices by scientists in low- and middle-income Member States of the OPCW.

The workshop is open to those who:

(a) have a PhD in natural sciences (for example chemistry, biology, physics, geology) or related engineering from a recognised university or institution;
(b) are citizens of low- or middle-income OPCW Member States.
(c) have been working in the field of applied chemical or biochemical or related sciences (research, academia, or industry) for at least five years; and
(d) are young scientists at the beginning of their scientific career, i.e . who have received their PhD within the past 10 years and who are under the age of 40 years;

The workshop will be conducted in English. Participants must therefore have a strong command of both written and spoken English.
Female candidates are especially encouraged to apply.

For full details on how to apply, please see: https://twas.org/opportunity/call-nominations-workshop-policy-and-diplomacy-scientists-introduction-responsible

The deadline for this opening is 28 June 2019.

For any inquiries, please contact:
Mr. Sergey Zinoviev (Senior Programme Officer) or Ms. Rufaro Kambarami (Project Assistant) of the OPCW International Cooperation Branch at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Ms. Sara Dalafi (TWAS) at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

PLEASE FEEL FREE TO DISSEMINATE THIS INFORMATION TO ANYONE WHO MAY BE INTERESTED IN APPLYING FOR THIS OPPORTUNITY.

Concluding the International Forum on “Women and Sustainable Development in Africa”, held from 8 to 10 March 2018, in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, which was organised by the Network of African Science Academies (NASAC), we, the participants, make the following declaration and call for action to enhance the role of women in sustainable development in Africa.

We would like to highlight the five winners of the 2019 OWSD-Elsevier Foundation Awards, who received their Awards this Saturday, 16 February in Washington, D.C.

This annual Award given by OWSD and the Elsevier Foundation rewards and encourages women working and living in developing countries who are in the early stages of their scientific careers. Awardees must have made a demonstrable impact on the research environment both at a regional and international level and have often overcome great challenges to achieve research excellence. Each awardee receives USD $5,000 and receives her Award during a special breakfast ceremony at the Annual Meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

This year's Awards were given in the biological sciences. The five winners are:

  • Tabassum Mumtaz of the Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission (Asia Pacific region); in environmental microbiology;
  • Uduak Okomo of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine in the Gambia (Africa region); in pediatrics and epidemiology;
  • Narel Paniagua-Zambrana of the National Herbarium of Bolivia and Universidad Mayor de San Andres (Latin America and the Caribbean region); in ethnobotany;
  • Tista Prasai Joshi of the Nepal Academy of Science and Technology (Asia Pacific region); in environmental microbiology; and
  • Amira Shaheen of An-Najah National University in Palestine (Arab region); in epidemiology.

Click on each awardee's name or click here to read more about her and her research.

To see photos of the Awards ceremony and the Awardee's week at the AAAS meeting, go here.

Please join us in congratulating these five amazing women.

15th Gender Summit - Europe, 18-19 June 2018 London: "United in Science and Through Science"

Dear Colleagues

Following on the very successful Gender Summit 14- Africa and before we meet again in Nairobi to apply the gender lens to another problem, I thought that perhaps you or colleagues in your networks will be interested to participate in the 15th Gender Summit - Europe where you can meet researchers, policy makers and gender scholars from across Europe and beyond and learn about new evidence, new methods and practices, as well as new policy directions in the area of gender and science (including biological and environmental aspects).  The main aim of this event, as in each past Summit, is to improve research and innovation outcomes for all.

The theme of GS15 is “United in Science and Through Science”, partly to reflect concerns over the impact of Brexit on research and innovation communities, but also because many challenges facing societies today require unity of effort.

GS15 will be  in London on 18-19 June, at the King’s College London Bush House venue (the old headquarters of the BBC World Service). 

The evolving programme is at http://www.gender-summit.com/gs15-eu-2018/gs15-programme-at-a-glance 

Details for Registration and Abstracts are ahttp://www.gender-summit.com/gs15-eu-2018/gs15-registration-abstracts Please share this information. with your colleagues and students.  We would welcome submissions from researchers from outside Europe.

We thank you for your kind support of the Gender Summit mission, and hope that together we will grow stronger networks to better share our knowledge and experience.

The TWAS-DFG Cooperation Visits Programme provides postdoctoral researchers who have obtained their PhD not earlier than 2014 and are from  sub-Saharan Africa, including South Africa, with the opportunity to make a 'Cooperation Visit' to an institute in Germany.

Such visits will have a duration of no more than three months and must be undertaken within 12 months of the award.

The deadline for submission is *1 April 2019*.

Please see: http://twas.org/opportunity/twas-dfg-cooperation-visits-programme

The German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) has opened the Call for Applications for its ”Green Talents – International Forum for High Potentials in Sustainable Development” programme.

This programme for young scientists promotes the international exchange of innovative green ideas.

Applicants must either be currently enrolled in a Master's or PhD programme or have completed their degree no more than three years before the end of the application process. Their research must have a strong focus on sustainable development and an interdisciplinary approach, and they must have an excellent command of English. Applicants are welcomed from all countries (except Germany).

The prize consists of a  two-week Science Forum in Germany, where you will be introduced to renowned research facilities, have individual meetings with experts, and learn about potential collaborations.

Following the Science Forum, you will have the opportunity to return to Germany for up to three months to conduct a research stay at an institute of your choice the year after the Science Forum.

The deadline for applications for this programme is 23 May 2018.

For more information, including required documents and the application form, see:

http://www.greentalents.de/

The Polish National Agency for Academic Exchange (NAWA) has recently opened the Call for Applications for a new programme for foreign researchers: The Ulam Programme.

The objective of The Ulam Programme is to help foreign researchers to develop their career by intensifying international mobility as well as will allowng them to establish scientific cooperation with excellent host institutions in Poland.

A proposal may be submitted only by a person who holds a doctoral degree in any field of science.

Activities to be carried out during the scholarship may include:  

  • conducting research and/or development work
  • post-doctoral training
  • obtaining materials for scientific work or publication
  • conducting didactic classes at the host centre

Visits within the programme can last from 6 to 24 months. The Programme provides financing for a scholarship covering both the Beneficiary’s allowance costs in relation to their stay at a host institution, in an amount of PLN 10,000 a month (approximately USD 2640), and a mobility allowance.

In order to submit an application, one shall register an application in the ICT system of the Agency and send electronically the completed application together with the necessary attachments. The call for proposals is open from 22nd January to 23rd April 2019.

Find more information at: https://nawa.gov.pl/en/scientists/the-ulam-programme

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS: 2018 SOUTH AFRICAN WOMEN IN SCIENCE AWARDS

THEME: LEVERAGING SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY AND INNOVATION TO ENHANCE INCLUSIVE GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT

The Department of Science and Technology (DST) calls for nominations for the 2018 South African Women in Science Awards (WISA).  The awards recognise and reward excellence by women scientists and researchers, and profile them as role models for younger women.  The awards will be made to women who are South African citizens or permanent residents.

 

The theme for the 2018 WISA is leveraging science, technology and innovation to enhance inclusive growth and development.This theme is adapted from the 2018 priority theme for the 6th BRICS science technology and innovation (STI) Ministerial meeting, which will be hosted by South Africa in July 2018.

 

Awards in the distinguished woman and distinguished young woman researcher categories will be made for research that responds to the theme in the fields of Natural (Life and Physical) and Engineering Sciences, Humanities and Social Sciences, and Astronomy.  However, the DST Fellowships and TATA Scholarships are not restricted to the theme.

 

Awards will also be made to a category on Research and Innovation (R&I) leading to a demonstrable contribution in enhancing inclusive growth and development.

 

The 2018 WISA will be presented on 16 August 2018 as part of the Department's celebration of Women's Month.

NOMINATIONS/ APPLICATIONS

Nominations and applications on the attached form should reach the Department of Science and Technology by Friday, 18 May 2018. No late submissions will be accepted.

 

Nominations and applications should clearly indicate the category and should be accompanied by the documentation specified for each category.

To ensure that you have met all the requirements, please complete and submit the attached checklist.

 

Nominations and applications clearly indicating the category, should be submitted electronically (using the attached form) to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

NB: Please note that further correspondence will be only entered into with shortlisted finalists.

 

For more information contact Mr Thembinkosi Magasela at 012 843 6338 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 


Call to Young Scientists to Submit Abstracts for Oral Presentations

The Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf), the World Academy of Sciences (TWAS)The Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf), the World Academy of Sciences (TWAS)-Twas Young Affiliate Network (TYAN), the South African Young Academy of Science(SAYAS), Sub-Saharan African Network for TB/HIV Research Excellence (SANTHE) and theWorld Academy of Sciences Sub-Saharan Africa Regional Partner (TWAS-SAREP) will behosting an Infectious Diseases Symposium from 27 to 28 May 2019 in Durban, South Africa.

The theme of the symposium on ‘ONE HEALTH: A focus on Infectious Diseases in Africa’ seeks to increase knowledge and build capacity in infectious disease research amongstearly career researchers in the Africa region. The main aim of convening this symposiumfrom a One Health stance stems from the growing global threats of epidemics and theneed for realisation of a collective sense of responsibility towards a proactive public healthregime. ASSAf is seeking young scientists from Africa to participate in this symposium. 

Eligibility

This call is open to early career researchers who are based in Africa. Applicants shouldmeet the following criteria to participate:

1. Be resident in Africa

2. Be early career researchers (those undertaking PhD or a Postdoctoral Fellowship)

3. Be under the age of forty (40)

4. Have research experience associated with infectious diseases. Click here for subthemes

5. Commit to be present and actively engage for the duration of the symposium

6. Submission of an abstract that will be the basis for presentation at the symposium

7. Willing to present and share current research results at the symposium

Symposium Participation and Application

ASSAf invites the submission of abstracts for oral presentations. Interested candidates, who meet the above-mentioned criteria should please complete the accompanying application form and return it to Ms Edith Shikumo (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) Tel: +27 (0)12 3496614 by Friday, 15 February 2019. There is no registration fee to attend the symposium.ASSAf will cover the travel and hospitality costs for the selected candidates for theduration of the symposium. Visa costs (if applicable) will be to the participants costs. Further information about the symposium will be circulated.

Abstract Format

Applicants should follow the instructions clearly:

• Abstract must not be more than 300 words (excluding Title, Authors and Institutions)on the attached form

• Abstract must be written in English

Abstract Acceptance

Abstracts will be reviewed by a panel which reserves the right to accept and allocateoral presentations. All applicants will be notified of the outcome of the selectionprocess by 1 March 2019.

Application Deadline: 15 February 2019

 

PEER is happy to announce a new initiative aimed at supporting the career development of women in science: the Women in Science Mentoring Program. This program is designed in response to established studies showing that women are underrepresented in higher education and academia, in part due to a disproportionate number of female researchers leaving science as they advance in their careers. This situation is particularly acute in Sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East and North Africa regions. Following recommendations made in these studies, which suggest that mentorship can play a key role in encouraging women in their career paths, PEER is launching a program to help retain women researchers by establishing mentorship cohorts in which women in senior academic positions can support and advise junior female researchers who will benefit from their knowledge and experience.

The program is currently inviting applications from interested groups made up of one senior-level female mentor and 2-4 junior-level female mentees from selected countries in Sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East and North Africa, with the application deadline being March 16, 2018. The program will support a one-year mentorship experience, including professional training for both the mentors and mentees, with potential follow-up in the form of seed grants for the mentees following the year-long program. Mentors and mentees must apply as a group, as PEER is unable to match participants. Further details about the program and a link to the online application form are available via the 
program webpage. Questions may be directed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Next Monday, February 11, will mark the 4th International Day of Women and Girls in Science. This day was recognized by the United Nations in light of the global need "to achieve full and equal access to and participation in science for women and girls, and further achieve gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls."

As in past years, we would like to invite you to celebrate this day with OWSD by taking part in a social media campaign. This year, the theme of the campaign will be #IAdmire. We want to hear about a woman scientist that you admire -- whether it's someone you know personally, like a mentor, colleague, or student, or someone who's made great achievements in your field, or a trailblazing scientist like Ada Lovelace or Marie Curie.

To participate, simply post on any social media platform (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) between now and February 11 using the hashtag #IAdmire, and explain what inspires you about the woman you chose. Please feel free to include photos too, so we can put a face to all of these remarkable women.

We encourage you also to tag OWSD in your posts:

Twitter: @OwsdSecretariat
Facebook: @OWSD (https://www.facebook.com/owsd.net/)
Instagram: @owsdsecretariat

Please share this campaign -- you can forward the flyer attached (in both jpg and pdf) by email or post it at your institute.

In addition, OWSD members have been invited by /Rights!/, an open online platform focused on human rights, to contribute testimonies that would highlight challenges and limitations faced by women in science - especially in terms of their human rights, dignity, and freedoms. Ideally these testimonies would also send a positive message about the means, opportunities and benefits of overcoming such challenges. Attached here you will find a simple questionnaire which can be completed and submitted to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. These testimonies will be published on Rights' online platform on February 11.

We hope you will join us in marking this important day, and in celebrating all of the amazing women in science around the world.

Dear Colleagues,

The Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf), The World Academy of Sciences Regional Office for sub-Saharan Africa (TWAS-ROSSA) and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) are seeking candidates to participate in the inaugural regional training workshop on science diplomacy to be held in South Africa, from 21 to 25 May 2018.

 

This training workshop is designed for young scientists (below the age of 40) living and working in sub-Saharan Africa and whose research and wider engagement has brought them into the international policy-making arena, as well as policymakers and diplomats interested in some of the central science-based themes that might influence their work, and representatives from NGOs and other sectors working at the science-diplomacy interface. Applications are invited from young scientists (up to the age of 40), as well as scientists and/or government officials, etc., with more experience in the policymaking arena (‘science diplomacy ambassadors’).

 

The completed application should be submitted via the online system which is accessible on: http://bit.ly/sciencedipcourse. The deadline for submitting applications is 9 February 2018.

 

click here to for more information.

 

I would greatly appreciate if you could please apply.

CIFAR, a Canadian-based global organization, brings together nearly 400 researchers from over 16 countries who together are pursuing answers to some of the most complex challenges facing the world today. The CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholars program provides funding, skills training, mentorship, and opportunities to collaborate with colleagues from diverse disciplines, positioning scholars as research leaders and agents of change. Why apply to be a Global Scholar? Watch the video here

CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholars receive:

  • $100,000 CAD in unrestricted research support
  • A two-year term in a CIFAR research program, a global network of top-tier research leaders
  • Opportunities to network, collaborate and form a community with colleagues from diverse disciplines
  • Mentorship from a senior researcher within a CIFAR research program
  • Specialized leadership and communications skills training, and support to put their skills into action

Applicants can be from anywhere in the world, must hold a PhD (or equivalent) and be within the first five years of a full-time academic research position (e.g. Assistant Professor level or equivalent). Scholars' research interests must be aligned with the themes of an eligible CIFAR research program. In 2019, the eligible programs are:

You are invited to share this opportunity with exceptional early career researchers in your network.

Applications must be submitted by February 5, 2019. All applications are submitted online and must include two letters of reference. A detailed overview of the CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholars program, along with full eligibility requirements and how to apply, are available on this website.

If you have any questions, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

Dear OWSD Members

The Department of Science and Technology (DST) and the Indian High Commission in South Africa jointly invites you to attend an information sharing session on the next intake of the C.V Raman International Fellowship Programme for African Researchers.  The C.V Raman Fellowship programme is an Indian initiative under the India-African Forum Summit aimed at promoting human capital development through scientific and technological cooperation between India and Africa.  This prestigious fellowship also aims at further strengthening the bond between Indian and African researchers in the fields of science and technology.

The planned information sharing session will outline the requirements and the application processes for South African researchers who are interested to enrol for the fellowship.  The event is scheduled to take place on Tuesday 30 January 2018 from 09:30 to 12:30 at the DST premises in Pretoria

Your office is kindly advised to liaise with Mr Kagiso Moloto on tel. +27 12 843 6359 and electronically on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or alternatively Mr Matimu Mathebula on tel. +27 12 843 6565 and electronically on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to confirm your attendance.

Thanks, and kind regards

Nomfundo

The International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (icipe), Kenya, in partnership with the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD1) are now inviting applications for the African Regional Postgraduate Programme in Insect Sciences (ARPPIS), which awards six PhD scholarships to nationals of sub-Saharan African countries.

Candidates should have completed a Master’s degree in the field of natural sciences or another relevant field within the last six years.

For full eligibility criteria, more information about the programme structure, and how to apply, see: http://www.icipe.org/news/arppis-daad-phd-scholarships-study-icipe

For questions, please contact Ms. Vivian Atieno at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The deadline for applications is 11 February 2019.

Dear OWSD Stakeholder

The TWAS-DFG Cooperation Visits Programme provides postdoctoral researchers who have obtained their PhD not earlier than 2013 and are from  sub-Saharan Africa, including South Africa, with the opportunity to make a 'Cooperation Visit' to an institute in Germany.

Such visits will have a duration of no more than three months and must be undertaken within 12 months of the award.

The deadline for submission is *31 March 2018*. Kindly disseminate further to your databases and networks.

Please see: http://twas.org/opportunity/twas-dfg-cooperation-visits-programme

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The Call for Applications is currently open for the second round of the AIMS NEI Fellowship Program for Women in Climate Change Science. This programme of the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) and the Next Einstein Forum (NEI) seeks to increase women’s participation in, and contribution to, a more sustainable societal response to climate change.

This fellowship program is funded by Canada's International Development Research Centre (IDRC) and Global Affairs Canada (GAC). It is part of a broader effort by AIMS NEI to build the intellectual capital needed to better our understanding of the causes of climate change in Africa, and to solve the myriad challenges to Africa’s development resulting from climate change.

Applications are invited from outstanding female scientists currently residing anywhere in the world. Successful applicants are expected to execute, in a suitable African host institution, a self-initiated project with the potential to contribute significantly to the understanding of climate change and its impacts, and/or to the development and implementation of innovative, empirically-grounded policies and strategies for climate change mitigation, adaptation and/or resilience, among others.

To be eligible, applicants must be:

  • female;
  • in possession before the fellowship start date of a doctorate in a quantitative discipline, including but not limited to applied mathematics, climatology, physics, computational chemistry, statistical ecology, computer science, theoretical biology, and engineering;
  • currently employed, on either a permanent or a temporary basis, in a non-profit work environment, including government;
  • actively engaged in research, policy, and/or practice relevant to climate change modelling, mitigation, adaptation, and/or resilience among others; and
  • the lead and/or senior author of at least one refereed publication on a topic relevant to climate change modelling, the causative factors of climate change, climate change mitigation, adaptation, and/or resilience etc.

For more information including required documents and how to submit an application, please see the full Call for Applications attached here.

The deadline for applications is 28 February 2019.

The Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf), the Uganda National Academy of Sciences (UNAS) and the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina will be hosting an Infectious Diseases Symposium and a workshop on “Science Advice” from 11 to 13 April 2018 in Durban South Africa. The theme of the symposium is “Surveillance and Response to Infectious Diseases and Comorbidities: An African and German Perspective”.

The symposium will explore the following topics: antimicrobial resistance; one health; comorbidities; HIV; TB; Malaria; and HCV.

 

ASSAf and its partners are seeking young scientists to participate in this workshop and symposium. Interested candidates should please complete the application form below and return it to Ms Marvin Mandiwane (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) Tel: +27 (0)12 349 6648 by Friday, 10 February 2016.

 

Documents

Call for application PDF

Application form

 

Thank you .

Call for Applications: 7th Heidelberg Laureate Forum, 22-27 September 2019 

The application process for the 7th Heidelberg Laureate Forum has begun.

Young researchers in computer science and mathematics from all over the world can apply for one of the 200 coveted spots to participate in the Heidelberg Laureate Forum (HLF), an annual networking event. The HLF offers all accepted young researchers the great opportunity to personally interact with the laureates of the most prestigious prizes in the fields of mathematics and computer science. For one week, the recipients of the Abel Prize, the ACM A.M. Turing Award, the ACM Prize in Computing, the Fields Medal, and the Nevanlinna Prize engage in a cross-generational scientific dialogue with young researchers in Heidelberg, Germany.

The application period for the 7th HLF runs from November 15, 2018, until February 15, 2019. Young researchers at all phases of their careers (undergraduate/pre-master, graduate PhD or postdoc) are encouraged to complete and submit their applications by February 15 (midnight at the dateline) via the following link: http://application.heidelberg-laureate-forum.org

 The 7th HLF will take place from September 22 to 27, 2019 (with young researcher registration on September 21). This prominent, versatile event combines scientific, social and outreach activities in a unique atmosphere, fueled by comprehensive exchange and scientific inspiration. Laureate lectures, young researcher workshops and a structure welcoming unfettered discussions are the elements that compose the Forum’s platform.

Over the course of the weeklong conference, young researchers will be given the exclusive possibility to profoundly connect with their scientific role models and find out how the laureates made it to the top of their fields. As described by a young researcher, “It’s a life-changing experience. Getting the opportunity to actually speak to the laureates in close contact can really shape us.”

All applications that are completed and submitted by the deadline are meticulously reviewed by an international committee of experts to ensure that only the most qualified candidates are invited. There are 100 spaces available for each discipline of mathematics and computer science. All applicants will be notified by the end of April 2019 whether or not they will be invited.

For questions regarding requirements and the application process, please contact Young Researchers Relations at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

For more information, please visit:

www.heidelberg-laureate-forum.org

Background

The Heidelberg Laureate Forum Foundation (HLFF) annually organizes the Heidelberg Laureate Forum (HLF), which is a networking event for mathematicians and computer scientists from all over the world. The 7th Heidelberg Laureate Forum will take place from September 22 to 27, 2019. The HLFF was established and is funded by the German foundation the Klaus Tschira Stiftung (KTS), which promotes natural sciences, mathematics and computer science. The Scientific Partners of the HLFF are the Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies (HITS) and Heidelberg University. The HLF is strongly supported by the award-granting institutions, the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), the International Mathematical Union (IMU), and the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters (DNVA).

Applicant Inquiries

Sarah MacLeod

Young Researchers Relations

Heidelberg Laureate Forum Foundation
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Telephone: +49-6221-533-387

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Society needs to help girls be more confident about their abilities about maths and science, according to Jennifer Thomson, the executive president of the Organisation for Women Scientists for the Developing World (OWSD), a body that aims to nurture female researchers in the global South. Thomson is the winner of the 2004 L'Oréal-UNESCO Women in Science for Africa prize, and the first woman to head a department at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. She now wants to increase OWSD’s representation around the world and appoint ambassadors who can help open doors to aspiring female scientists in the developing world.

Click on the link below to access the full article.

https://www.scidev.net/global/role-models/society-needs-to-instil-confidence-in-girls.html?utm_medium=email&utm_source=SciDevNewsletter&utm_campaign=international%20SciDev.Net%20update%3A%2010%20January%202018

 

 

The Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf),

in partnership withthe Nelson Mandela University, Deputy Vice-chancellor – Research and Engagement and

The Herald cordially

invite you to the

Third ASSAf Presidential Roundtable: Science, Scholarship and Society on:

‘To get High, or not to get High’?

An Evidence-based Dialogue on the Legalisation of Cannabis Use in a PrivateCapacity

RSVP by 16 November 2018

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As part of the Mathematical Sciences for Climate Resilience (MS4CR) program, the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) is inviting applications for Research Chairs in climate change science. They have specifically extended the Call for Applications in order to receive more applications from outstanding women scientists.

These Research Chair positions are based at AIMS Rwanda. Each Chair will be provided up to USD 970,000 over a four-year period and tasked with executing a world-class research program able to contribute significantly towards building both the human capital and the scientific knowledge base required to solve important climate change-related problems in Africa and beyond.

Applicants should:

  • be female;
  • hold a doctorate degree in a quantitative discipline including, but not limited to, applied mathematics, climatology, physics, chemistry, computer science, statistical ecology, or engineering;
  • demonstrate significant evidence of excellent, self-initiated and self-directed research in climate change science;
  • have at least two (2) years of postdoctoral experience;
  • have experience supervising Master’s and/or PhD students; and
  • be able to take up the Chair by the end of 2018.

Both African and non-African candidates are eligible for the Chairs.

To apply and for more information, go to: https://www.nexteinstein.org/research/call-for-applications-ccchair/

Please send any questions to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The deadline for applications is 25 November.

Dear OWSD Members    

                        

The organisation for Women in Science for the Developing World South Africa National Chapter(OWSD-SANC), in collaboration with the Academy of Science of South Africa(ASSAf), and Gender in science, innovation, technology and engineering(GenderInSITE) will host a  Parallel Session at the 2017 Science Forum South Africa in Pretoria.

 

The session will be held on 8 December 2017 at the CSRI ICC Ruby room from 9:00am-10:30am. The forum’s plenary sessions will be held at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) International Convention Centre hosted by the Department of Science and Technology from 7-8 December 2017

The following panellist are confirmed as speakers and therefore invites you to attend and engage with them on issues relating to young scientists’ opportunities in sub-Saharan Africa:

  1. Professor Isabella Akyinbah Quakyi, Fellow of the Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences
  2. Dr Marian A. Nkansah, Faculty Member Department of Chemistry Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology-Kumasi, Ghana
  3. Ms Busiswa Ndaba; Agricultural Research Council (ARC)
  4. Mr Stanley Maphosa, Academy of Science of South Africa(ASSAf)- Session moderator

Join us in Igniting Conversations about Science.

 

This is a reminder that the OWSD 25th Anniversary video competition is still
open -- we are waiting to hear from you about why you celebrate OWSD!

As a reminder, to enter in the contest, please just send a short video recording -- no more than 1 minute or so - of you explaining what OWSD means to you. This is a celebration, so keep it fun - feel free to be silly!

A few tips for recording:
1) Try to find a quiet place if you can -- away from hallway, office, background noise etc.
2) Try to avoid backlighting (i.e. standing in front of a bright window) -- overhead, direct light is best; and
3) Closer up is better than far away -- even a selfie-style video is great.

We've attached a flyer here with a few more suggestions and reminders.

You can send your videos to the OWSD Communications Assistant Erin Johnson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or, if it's easier, you can also send them by WhatsApp to +393337266841.

Send us your videos until November 30 for a chance to be featured in a special interactive '25 Reasons to Celebrate OWSD' gallery on the website, and to win a OWSD 25th Anniversary gift bag.

We look forward very much to hearing from you, and hope you join us in celebrating this important anniversary for OWSD!

Young Academies issue statement to address how Science can help with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)


26 October 2017 – Young Academies of sciences around the globe feel they have a role to play in solving the dilemmas the world is facing today and in improving the world through scientific discovery. This claim is made in a joint statement on “The role of Young Academies in achieving the UN SDGs”, which is published today by the Global Young Academy (GYA) and 36 national young academies and young academy initiatives.
The statement focuses on the question of how young academies in general, and young scientists in particular, can contribute to the achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and how science and technology can best be harnessed towards achieving the SDGs.
The authors recommend that Young Academies should and can take on a greater role in science advice at a national, regional and global level.

They propose three main areas for young scientists’ engagement with the SDGs:
- by offering sound policy advice and contributing interdisciplinary science advice to the SDG implementation, thereby getting recognized as an independent part of their national, regional and global policy advice systems;
- through science communication, with Young Academies in an excellent position to bridge the divide between science and the public, and raise the understanding of the SDGs among pupils, and within civil society and the media; and
- through capacity enhancement: training Young Scientists in the SDG processes, implementation and monitoring, as well as in leadership skills.

The statement unequivocally states that Young Academies can and should play a central role in conceptualising, developing and implementing strategies towards achieving the SDGs. The statement also calls on policy-makers and senior academies of sciences to work with the Young Academies and young scientists in their regions and to come together and work jointly towards a “global science” driving sustainability.

The statement is a direct outcome of the Third Worldwide Meeting of Young Academies in July 2017, hosted in Johannesburg, South Africa, by the South African Young Academy of Science (SAYAS), and co-organised by the GYA, which also demonstrates the dynamic nature of the ever-growing young academy network.


LINK to statement: https://globalyoungacademy.net/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/Statement-RoleYoungAcademies-SDGs-Oct2017.pdf

International Cairo Exhibition of Innovation aims to stimulate scientific innovation in Egypt and the region through creating a hub that excites people about science and research, connects innovators to enablers and key stakeholders, and allows local innovators to exhibit and commercialize their inventions. The two days event includes sessions, workshops, competitions, panels, and inspiring stories of rising talents. Cairo Innovates includes an exhibition of the latest inventions and innovations, an interactive “Makers Campus”, and a “Junior Scientist” area with a special focus on stimulating the culture of innovation to increase the country’s productivity and competitiveness, and reducing poverty and inequality.

International Cairo Exhibition of Innovation is an initiative of ASRT to create an annual innovation market, where innovators, technology transfer centres, technology companies, enablers and others meet and share their ideas. The Exhibition is open to the public. The idea of the Exhibition comes from the keenness of ASRT to spread the culture of innovation, encourage creativity and create chances for young people to present their innovative products or projects, for more details about exhibition kindly visit our website Click here

ASRT is offering 5 fellowships for African innovators to exhibit their inventions. ASRT will cover all accommodation expenses and exhibition fees, but not the flight tickets. To apply for fellowships kindly Click here

If you do not need a fellowship and you want to participate contact usa  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Notes: The deadline 14th of October 2018 for Participation and fellowships.

Dear OWSD Stakeholder

TWAS/BioVisionAlexandria.NXT 2018 will be the fifth BioVisionAlexandira.NXT to be organized in Alexandria, Egypt. The event will be held under the theme “Science Diplomacy: Voices of the South”. It intends to explore the importance of science diplomacy to the young scientists in the developing world.

The event will be held on 18–19April 2018, where TWAS/BVA.NXT 2018 participants will be offered the opportunity to meet policy makers, experts, academics and young promising scientists from the South to provide them with the needed skills to build their own capacities and help them in the advancement of their developing countries.

 

Best young scientists will have the opportunity to present their innovative ideas and their impact on the development of societies in the event. Furthermore, they will be invited to participate in BioVisionAlexandria 2018 Conference (20–22 April 2018, Bibliotheca Alexandrina).

Priority will be offered to the best innovative research, and to research papers that foster science diplomacy efforts. Deadline for applications: 1 January 2018.

Criteria of Application:

•          Applicants should not be older than 35 years of age (by 1 January 2018 ).

•          Applicants should be Master’s, PhD students, or Postdoctoral scholars working in the field of life sciences.

•          Applicants should have innovative research papers.

 

To apply to the TWAS/BVA.NXT 2018, please visit: https://www.bibalex.org/bva2018/NextRegistration/RegistrationForm.aspx?m=7.  

 

For more information about the conference, please check: https://www.bibalex.org/bva2018/Home/StaticPage.aspx?page=61&m=7.

For any inquiries, please contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .   

LIRA 2030 Africa: Call for scientific and non-academic reviewers

The International Science Council (ISC) will support up to 12 collaborative research projects on sustainable urban development across Africa: we are looking for scientific and non-academic reviewers

Following the call for pre-proposals on Pathways towards Sustainable Urban Development in Africa, applications are now open for scientists and non-academic experts to help in reviewing full proposals.

To ensure that science can effectively contribute to sustainable urban development in Africa, the International Science Council in partnership with the Network of African Science Academies (NASAC), and with the financial support from the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, will support up to 12 collaborative research projects across Africa (to the value of up to 90,000 Euro each over two years) in 2019. These projects are expected to generate new solutions-oriented, integrated knowledge required in the practice of sustainable urban development in Africa.

Deadline: 12 November 2018

Click here to view the call.

 

Dear colleagues,

 

Fellowship Opportunities – Singapore

As discussed at the Commonwealth Science Conference in June, the Royal Society and the National Research Foundation in Singapore (NRF) are working together to promote opportunities for collaboration across the Commonwealth.

We are therefore delighted to announce that the NRF has established a new Post-doctoral International Collaborative Fellowship for the Commonwealth. Up to ten Post-doctoral Fellowships will be awarded to do research in either Oceans or Sustainable Cities, two of the themes of the Conference. The Fellowships will be based in a Singapore institution. Details of the scheme and the supervising team are available here.

 

The Commonwealth Science Conference website also sets out information about existing Royal Society schemes as well as detailing other funding schemes across the Commonwealth.

We will be writing to you again shortly with more information about new Royal Society schemes.

Applications are now being accepted for the CLIFF-GRADS programme. This programme is for currently enrolled PhD students from developing countries, and provides short-term scientific training and research stays on topics related to the measurement and management of greenhouse gas emissions and carbon storage in agricultural systems. Applicants should have a background in agriculture and climate change research and be pursuing graduate research related to agricultural greenhouse gas quantification.

Selected students will be sponsored in the amount of 10,000–12,000 USD for short-term (4–6 month) scientific training and research stays to collaborate with projects associated with the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) <https://ccafs.cgiar.org/> and the Global Research Alliance: <https://globalresearchalliance.org/>.

Specific topics will depend on student and host institution scientist interests.

The grants will be used to support living and research costs at the host institution. Grants may not be used for tuition or unrelated personal expenses.

The deadline for applications for this opportunity is September 30.

The Call for Applications is attached here. More information is available at: https://tinyurl.com/yc9pxtp7

For questions, please contact Julianna White at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Dear OWSD  Members and Fellows in the Cape Town/Stellenbosch area

 

We are holding a meeting on Tuesday 14th November in the Tea Room on the 4th floor of the Molecular and Cell Biology Building at UCT from 2 to 4.30 p.m. You are all most welcome and we will supply tea and coffee etc.

The purpose of the meeting is the following:

 

  1. To hear of any burning issues in your scientific and personal lives (as they relate to your studies/research) and help you to solve them.
  1. To hear of any exciting breakthroughs/findings you have made in your research.
  1. To tell you about the plans for celebrating in 2018 the 25th Anniversary of OWSD and the 20th Anniversary of the Fellowship Programme, including AuthorAid workshops and Soapbox Science on the Sea Point Promenade, and get you involved.
  1. Our mentorship programme – we would like feedback from you
  1. Volunteers for the new Executive Committee of our National Chapter

6.       The work of GenderInSITE southern Africa focal point and how it relates to OWSD National Chapter

  1. Any other matters you would like to air

The MCB building is 22 University Avenue and it is the building on the City and Table Mountain end of this road.

 

Please note that regional meetings in other areas will be conducted next year. Thus, due to budget constraints we are unable to fund travel to this meeting.

 

Please RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..za by 1 November 2017.

 

I look forward to seeing you there.

Jennifer

Vice-Chancellor Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng has launched three substantial scholarships for women, focused on gender issues. The launch was part of a UCT National Women’s Day event, For Womxn by Womxn, on 8 August, hosted at Graça Machel Hall.

Much of Phakeng’s address to the over 200 top-level representatives of the business, political, diplomatic, academic, student, faith and civil society sectors was devoted to giving a voice to marginalised women in society, particularly queer and trans women.

Announcing the scholarships, Phakeng said that while these would target human capital development, they would also “help us rethink our views of gender in South Africa and give us new insights into ourselves and others in different communities”.

Read the full article fror more information here.

The Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) cordially invites you to the 2017 ASSAf Annual Humanities Lecture "Steve Biko’s“Envisioned Self” and the Makings of a South African" by Prof NjabuloNdebele
Date: Thursday, 26 October 2017
Time:17:30 for 18:00 -20:00

Click here for more details

The Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf)

and the Embassy of Switzerland in South Africa,

jointly with the UCT Neuroscience Institute,

cordially invite you to a public lecture on Being human – Where Neuroscience Meets Culture,

by Professor Stephanie Clarke,

Head of Neuropsychology and Neurorehabilitation, CHUV – University of Lausanne.

Date: Monday, 27 August 2018

Time: 17:00 – 19:00 (followed by light refreshments)

Venue: Wolfson Pavilion Lecture Theatre

Institute of Infectious Disease & Molecular Medicine

Faculty of Health Sciences

Anzio Rd, Observatory

Parking https://goo.gl/maps/D9y5a8oR2r42 or GPS 33°56'38.5"S 18°27'57.9"E

RSVP: Please click here to confirm your attendance by 24 August 2018

Click here to view the invitation and more information.

 

 

Please kindly apply for the 6th Heidelberg Laureate Forum that will be held on September from the 23–28 2018.

 

This is a Mathematics and computer science in one symposium, where you will get to Meet your scientific role models face to face and advance your scientific career.

 

Please note that lodging and board will be provided ,and that travel grants are available.

 

Online applications will open on the November 6, 2017 until February 9, 2018.

 

Click here for more information.

The Global State of Young Scientists (GloSYS) Africa survey has been launched.

On behalf of the Global Young Academy (GYA) I would like to advise you that the Global State of Young Scientists (GloSYS) Africa survey has been launched.  The GloSYS project investigates the context in which early-career researchers today work, and the challenges and motivations that shape their career trajectories. The GloSYS team will use the data obtained from this research to develop policy recommendations that highlight the ways in which young scientists can be better supported in their research efforts and career development.

The GloSYS Africa Survey is aimed at early career researchers within and from Africa with either a Master’s or PhD degree earned within the last ten years. The GloSYS team is looking for researchers within and outside Academia in any discipline to share their experiences. You can personally contribute to helping improve the research environment in Africa by completing the short survey (available both in English and in French) and by sharing the survey widely via your professional and social networks by forwarding this email to your colleages, relevant contacts, as well as any mailing lists you may have access to. GloSYS is on Facebook and Twitter and you can help by sharing the survey there:

GloSYS Survey links:     https://glosys.typeform.com/to/Cup20s (English)

https://glosys.typeform.com/to/OU68Eg (French)           

You can sign up to follow the GloSYS project and learn more about previous GloSYS studies at the website and watch a brief film about the GloSYS project on YouTube.

Thank you for helping shape the future of science in Africa!

Dear OWSD  Members and Fellows in the Cape Town/Stellenbosch area

We are holding a meeting on Tuesday 14th November in the Tea Room on the 4th floor of the Molecular and Cell Biology Building at UCT from 2 to 4.30 p.m. You are all most welcome and we will supply tea and coffee etc.

The purpose of the meeting is the following:

1. To hear of any burning issues in your scientific and personal lives (as they relate to your studies/research) and help you to solve them.

2. To hear of any exciting breakthroughs/findings you have made in your research.

3. To tell you about the plans for celebrating in 2018 the 25th Anniversary of OWSD and the 20th Anniversary of the Fellowship Programme, including AuthorAid workshops and Soapbox Science on the Sea Point Promenade, and get you involved.

4. Our mentorship programme – we would like feedback from you

5. Volunteers for the new Executive Committee of our National Chapter

  

6. The work of GenderInSITE southern Africa focal point and how it relates to OWSD National Chapter

7. Any other matters you would like to air

Please RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 1 November 2017.

The MCB building is 22 University Avenue and it is the building on the City and Table Mountain end of this road.

Please note that regional meetings in other areas will be conducted next year. Thus, due to budget constraints we are unable to fund travel to this meeting.

We look forward to seeing you there.

The Sudanese National Academy of Sciences (SNAS) and the Sudan Academy of Young Scientists (SAYS) will organize a conference for young scientists in Africa on Genomics to be held in Khartoum during the period 2-7 December 2018.

A website for the conference is now up & active @: http://ghha.sd

Please also find attached the conference flyer.

Dear OWSD Stakeholder

 

TWAS/BioVisionAlexandria.NXT 2018 will be the fifth BioVisionAlexandira.NXT to be organized in Alexandria, Egypt. The event will be held under the theme “Science Diplomacy: Voices of the South”. It intends to explore the importance of science diplomacy to the young scientists in the developing world.

 

The event will be held on 18–19April 2018, where TWAS/BVA.NXT 2018 participants will be offered the opportunity to meet policy makers, experts, academics and young promising scientists from the South to provide them with the needed skills to build their own capacities and help them in the advancement of their developing countries.

 

Best young scientists will have the opportunity to present their innovative ideas and their impact on the development of societies in the event. Furthermore, they will be invited to participate in BioVisionAlexandria 2018 Conference (20–22 April 2018, Bibliotheca Alexandrina).

 

Priority will be offered to the best innovative research, and to research papers that foster science diplomacy efforts. Deadline for applications: 1 January 2018.

 

Criteria of Application:

•          Applicants should not be older than 35 years of age (by 1 January 2018 ).

•          Applicants should be Master’s, PhD students, or Postdoctoral scholars working in the field of life sciences.

•          Applicants should have innovative research papers.

 

To apply to the TWAS/BVA.NXT 2018, please visit: https://www.bibalex.org/bva2018/NextRegistration/RegistrationForm.aspx?m=7.  

 

For more information about the conference, please check: https://www.bibalex.org/bva2018/Home/StaticPage.aspx?page=61&m=7.

 

For any inquiries, please contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..   

Applications are invited for a limited number of competitive research scholarships at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg (Wits), South Africa. Successful applicants will be part of the Pan-African Research College on Sustainable Cities, launched earlier this year. Funded by the Robert Bosch Stiftung, the College will support researchers in diverse fields to share knowledge and expertise to better understand the complexities of urban Africa. The College is made up of senior researchers from five partner universities: the Universities of Ghana, Nairobi, the United Nations University Institute for Natural Resources (Accra, Ghana), Cape Town and Witwatersrand.

Successful applicants will be affiliated to the continental network of the Pan-African College on Sustainable Cities and will be located in one of the following entities within Wits: the Global Change Institute (GCI), the Wits City Institute (WCI) and the School of Geography, Archaeology and Environmental Sciences (GAES). There are three research scholarships available:

1. PhD in The materialities of informality in the city of the Global South, hosted by GAES.

2. PostDoctoral in Water governance in southern African cities, hosted by GCI.

3. PostDoctoral in Repositioning the African Cities debate, hosted by WCI.

Important Information:

  • Closing Date for all applications: 13 August 2018.
  • Applicants need not be registered at the University of Witwatersrand at the time of application.
  • Correspondence will only be entered into with shortlisted candidates.
  • The University reserves the right not to make an appointment or to re-advertise.

To apply:

The SFSA online registration is now open, I encourage those who will be attending to register as soon as possible.

Please click on the link below to register.

http://www.sfsa.co.za/online-registration/.

Call for Participants: OWSD SA NC Session at Annual Young Scientists Conference

OWSD SA National Chapter is sponsoring a session at this year's Annual Young Scientists Conference, and is seeking 4 members for the panel session, and an additional 6 members to attend the Conference, to be held 13 - 14 September 2018.

Kindly complete this application should you wish to attend and or be a panellist at this  Conference.

Accommodation, travel and shuttle costs will be covered by ASSAf.

Title – Applying a gender lens to concerns of and solutions to corruption
Focus – looking at concerns of and solutions to corruption from a gendered perspective. 

The deliberations will focus on trans-disciplinary innovation of how a gendered perspective can be used to address the concerns of and find solutions to corruption in the country and on the continent. Gender equality is not just a single goal of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG 5), but cuts across several of the other SDGs as set out by the United Nations. The issue of corruption is one which we are constantly faced with, and it affects all individuals, all generations, and genders. This session will also consider some of the approaches used towards fighting corruption, and view them from a gendered perspective. This discussion will also aim to ignite conversations around addressing these concerns, the role of STI to do so, and contextualise various forms of collaboration with a variety of networks to initiate an implementation model to end corruption, with a view encompassing all genders. 

Kindly submit by 14 August 2018.

Please note, applications will be considered as per the below:

  1. First come first serve
  2. Quality and alignment of the submission as determined by the selection committee
  3. If your application is successful, OWSD may use your photos and produce a report
  4. Those attending are urged to use social media platforms to profile the work of OWSD/Gender In SITE in Southern Africa

Looking forward to receiving your applications!

Dear OWSD Stakeholder

 

In celebration of Women’s Month (and National Science Week), Minister Naledi Pandor, Department of Science & Technology, launched the ‘Because science is fun: Stories of emerging female scientists’ Booklet.

 

The booklet presents stories of 25 South African women scientists who went through their different journeys to become scientists.

 

Their success stories are truly inspirational, and encourage you to disseminate the booklet as much as you can.

 

Please click on the link below to access the book.

 

http://www.womeninstemi.co.za/

 

 

We would like to thank all of our members who were actively involved the creation of the booklet.

 

Enjoy!

Funding Call:
Newton Mobility Grants

Newton Mobility Grants provide support for international researchers based in a country covered by the Newton Fund to establish and develop collaboration with UK researchers around a specific jointly defined research project.

These one-year awards are particularly suited to initiate new collaborative partnerships, between scholars who have not previously worked together, or new initiatives between scholars who have collaborated in the past.

The grants intend to strengthen the research capacity/capability of, and contribute to promoting economic development and social welfare in, the overseas country. The awards will also initiate the development of longer-term links between the overseas and UK researchers.

Awards might include a range of related activities, but mobility (in the form of visits and exchanges, etc.) should form an integral part of proposals. The main purpose of the funding is to cover travel and maintenance costs, although costs related to other eligible activities will be considered. Partnerships including a training element and involving scholars in the early stages in their career will be looked on favourably.

It is expected that the mobility grants will establish links between partners. Researchers may subsequently wish to consider applying for other Newton Fund programmes.

Eligibility requirements

Both a UK-based applicant and an overseas-based applicant are required for this scheme. Both applicants must have a PhD or equivalent research experience and hold a permanent or fixed-term contract in an eligible university or research institute, which must span the duration of the project. Collaborations should focus on a single jointly defined research project involving (or lead by) the two applicants.

The British Academy Newton Mobility Grants cover researchers working in all disciplines within the social sciences and humanities.

Newton Mobility Grants from the British Academy are currently available for the following countries:

  • China
  • Mexico
  • South Africa
  • Turkey
  • Thailand

For more information please see the detailed scheme notes. Note that some partner countries have specific eligibility requirements so please check the guidance carefully.

Value and Duration

Awards are available for one year and support travel and maintenance costs. Please refer to the scheme notes for the country from which you are applying for more details.

Application Process

Application and Host Institution deadline: 5 September 2018
Awards must start not later than 31 January 2019

For more information, click here.

Dear OWSD Stakeholders

 

I am pleased to announce that the NASAC ‘Women In Science- inspiring stories from Africa booklet is now available.

Access link: http://nasaconline.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/Women-in-Science-Inspiring-Stories-from-Africa-2.pdf

 

We would like to acknowledge the role Prof Thompson(current OWSD-SANC chairperson) played as the Editor of this booklet, and the role OWSD-SANC continues to play as a member of the Women for Science Working Group.

 

Enjoy!

Universities body to probe gender imbalance at the top

The apex body representing vice-chancellors of South Africa's public universities plans to investigate why women are struggling to break through the glass ceiling en route to heading institutions of higher learning.

“We hope to carry out a study this year to determine what the situation is. Hopefully, we will have a much better idea once it is done,” said Professor Ahmed Bawa, chief executive officer of Universities South Africa (USAf), whose members comprise the heads of the country’s 26 tertiary education institutions.

According to Bawa, 58% of the students in South African universities are women and 42% men. “This gap has to begin to represent itself in the staff structures of universities. And indeed there are more women than men at lecturer level. However, we are not seeing the same trend at the senior levels. And this clearly has to be an area of investigation,” he told University World News.

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please click on the links below to view Highlights from National Sceince Week 2017 which was brought to you by EDBOOK Media !

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-kdmCLqqWk8

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-rns1LabPbw&spfreload=10 

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iGFWSSDds2Y

This is a reminder that the Call for Applications for the first cohort of the OWSD Early Career Women Scientists (ECWS) fellowship will close on 31 August. If you have already begun an application, we encourage you to complete it before this deadline.

This Fellowship, again, provides up USD 50,000 over two years to women scientists from the eligible Science and Technology Lagging Countries. The funding may be applied to a wide range of expenses, including equipment, consumables, research visits, exchanges and programmes, teaching and assistance, information resources, product development and linking with industry, outreach, communications and networking, and other expenses. Fellows will also take part in two training workshops on leadership and entrepreneurial skills.

The application must be submitted through our online system, accessible from this page: https://owsd.net/career-development/early-career-women-scientists-ecws-fellowships

The Call for Applications is attached here in both English and French and is available online at: https://owsd.net/career-development/early-career-women-scientists-ecws-fellowships

Questions may be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Greetings

 

i am pleased to announce that the Call for nominations for the  68TH LINDAU NOBEL LAUREATES MEETING  which wil take place in 2018 for Physiology or Medicine.

 

please click on the links below for more information .

 

Lindau -Application Form

The Call -68th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting

International Conference "Science and You" on Science Communication that the University of Lorraine (France) will co-organize in Beijing (China) in September 2018, in partnership with NAIS (National Academy of Innovation Strategy) who is a member of CAST (China Association for Science and Technology).

The title for this edition 2018

 Knowing-Sharing-Caring : New Insights For a Diverse Word

It also includes a PhD Students' Workshop.

Should you have any question and/or if more information is needed, please do not hesitate to contact us.

English/Chinese website of the event 2018:  http://www.science-and-you2018.com/ .

                                                                                        Commemorating  Women’s Day

       WomensMonthOnlinebanner

 

 

Women's Day marks the anniversary of the great women's march of 1956, where women marched to the Union Buildings to protest against the carrying of pass books.

On 9 August 1956, about 20 000 women marched to the Union Buildings in Pretoria to protest against legislation aimed at tightening the apartheid government's control over the movement of black women in urban areas.

 

Please go out and celebrate this auspicious day!

 

We will profile some of our members on our social media pages this women’s month , please share this.

#WomenInScience #OWSD-SANC #WomensMonth

 

We value you!

The UK-based organization Sense About Science is giving the seventh annual John Maddox Prize, in partnership with Nature, for individuals who promote sound science and evidence on a matter of public interest, and who have faced difficulty or hostility in doing so. This can include activities in any of the following areas:

  • Addressing misleading information about scientific issue (including social science and medicine).
  • Bringing sound evidence to bear in a public or policy debate.
  • Helping people to make sense of a complex scientific issue

The prize is international and the organizers are specifically inviting nominations from around the world.

The winner of the John Maddox Prize receives GBP 3000, and an announcement of the winner is published in Nature. The award is presented each year in November at a reception in London.

For more information and to submit a nomination, visit: http://senseaboutscience.org/activities/maddox-nominations/.

Nominations close at 12pm (BST) on Monday, 13 August.

Invitation
HSRC Women’s Day Seminar

Black Women, Leadership and Contemporary Struggles in South African society

Presenters:

  • Dr Naomi Nkealah, Senior lecturer, Department of English Studies, UNISA
  • Ms Nondumiso Nsibande, Executive Director, Tshwaranang Legal Advocacy Centre (TLAC)
  • Ms Vuyiseka Dubula, Programmes Direcetor, Sonke Gender Justice
  • Dr Heidi Van Rooyen, Executive Director, Human and Social Development, HSRC

Date: 8 August 2017
Time: 12h00  - 14:00
Venues in Pretoria, Durban and Cape Town (Videoconferencing facilities: see below)

9 August in South Africa is always a proud commemoration of the leadership and bravery of black women. The courage shown by the leadership of the 1956 Women’s March is a reminder that no struggle is insurmountable and that collective organising and unity can be an invaluable force for change.

Although the Women’s March demonstrated the power of women and resulted in some changes, the South African woman continues to experience challenges which impact on and distort perceptions on the value of women in society.

However, the daily struggle for liberation and freedom continued during apartheid, and continues into the contemporary period. Our work is not done. Black women are breaking new boundaries and setting new standards yet are faced with on-going challenges and perceptions of their competence, value and their worth, within all sectors in South African society. While women are well represented nationally and in the political space particularly, this is yet to be seen at the provincial and local level. Within the research and academic environments, black female emerging researchers struggle to become more established researchers; those who do arrive are deemed exceptional. This is mirrored in various other fora, the boardroom, the newsroom, the classroom, amongst others. This seminar hosted by the HSRC will examine how black women across different sectors respond to the historical challenges borne of gender, class, sexuality and race, how the corridors of power are navigated, and what must be done to truly transform the lived realities of the black women in South Africa towards an equitable society.

 The HSRC seminar series is funded by the Department of Science and Technology (DST). The views and opinions expressed therein as well as findings and statements of the seminar series do not necessarily represent the views of the DST.

Kindly RSVP by 7 August 2017

Pretoria: HSRC Video Conference, 1st floor HSRC Library Human Sciences Research Council, 134 Pretorius Street, Pretoria. Arlene Grossberg, Tel: (012) 302 2811, e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Cape Town: HSRC, Merchant House 116-118 Buitengracht Street Cape Town, Cape Town. Contact: Jean Witten, Tel (021) 4668004, Fax (021) 461 0299, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Durban:  The Atrium, 5th Floor, 430 Peter Mokaba Ridge, Berea, 4001 , Contact Ridhwaan Khan, Tel (031) 242 5400, cell: 083 788 2786 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or Hlengiwe Zulu at e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Call for Applications is now open for the 4th edition of the Science By Women Programme for Women, Science, Technology and Innovation in Africa.

This programme from the Fundación Mujeres por África is designed to integrate senior African  women scientists in leading Spanish research centers. It aims to promote African women’s leadership in scientific research and technology transfer and to foster the capacity of the research centres in their home countries.

The fellowship provides funding for research stays at the Spanish research centers of six continuous months, which may be split into two stays to be completed within two years after the fellowship has been awarded. Eligible applicants must have at least 3 years of post-doctoral professional experience.


Eligible areas of research are:

  • Health and biomedicine
  • Agriculture and food security
  • Water
  • Energy
  • Climatic change
  • Physics and materials science
  • Mathematics
  • Information and communication technologies
  • Economic science

You can more information about the programme, including eligibility criteria, the rules and guidelines of the programme, and the application process, at:
https://www.mujeresporafrica.es/en/content/science-women-2018
 
 The deadline for applications for this programme is September 30.

Dear OWSD Members

 

GenderInSITE produced this video to showcases the activities it has been undertaking through the southern African focal point. The video includes interviews with Prof Roseanne Diab and Prof Jennifer Thomson, among others. The aim is to use this video for awareness creation and fundraising.

 

Please click on the link below for the final video that has been produced for GenderInSITE.

https://youtu.be/zJq3EvcvAJ0

 

I hope you enjoy it!

 

The Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf)

and the New Zealand High Commission in South Africa

cordially invite you to a public lecture on

Science, Policy and Society –Accelerating Progress on the Sustainable Development Goals

Sir Peter Gluckman, Science Envoy for the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Date: Tuesday, 14 August 2018

Time: 13:30 for 14:00 (followed by light refreshments)

Venue: MilkplumRestaurant, Pretoria Botanical Gardens, 2 CussoniaAve, Pretoria (please note that the venue is inside the Botanical Gardens and access will be through the main gate)

RSVP: Click here to confirm your attendance by 8 August 2018

Dear OWSD Stakeholder

 

You are encouraged to participate in the Organization for Women in Science for the developing world (OWSD) Regional Conference – AFRICA.

 

This conference will take place from 13th – 15th November 2017 at icipe, Kasaraniduduville campus, Nairobi, Kenya.

 

For all those who are interested , please see  click on the following for more information.

The call for abstracts

The flyer

 

Thank you.