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Tuesday, June 15 • 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Africa-Europe Women in Science and Innovation: How build New Policy Frameworks for Sustained Cooperation. Convened by the AERAP Women in Science Group

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Welcome - Declan Kirrane
Opening Keynote: 1400 CEST UK Minister of Science, Amanda Solloway
Policy Engagement: Carla Sharpe, Lourdes Verdes Montenegro, Brenda Namumba
Africa Perspectives: Layih Butake, Pontsho Maruping
Instruments: Frauke Alves, Anna Fumarola
Co-Designing: Mirjana Povic, Gitanjali Sah, Lucie Abrahams
Legislation: Inez Sanchez, Aster Tsegaye
Introduction of Closing Keynote - Daan du Toit
Closing Keynote: 1700 CEST Editor in Chief of Nature Magdalena Skipper

Moderator: Mei Lin Fung

Women in Science must cross the chasm in the ScienceDigital Divide so that Scientific Research and Digital Innovations address the problems of most concern to us as humans: How can our children grow up safely? Can future generations be able to depend on our small blue marble planet as we have? How can people thrive and flourish by removing obstacles to economic and social opportunity? Leadership is needed and women everywhere are stepping up. Now we have to join forces to support each other's efforts. What are the policy instruments and decisions that will allow the world to harness the unstoppable energy and power of women?

This session will focus on the importance of co-designing science and innovation policies taking into account gender and diversity, in all of its aspects. It will highlight why we shall prioritize and support the engagement of women scientists in different associations, forums, their involvement in the whole co-designing policies process, and how that will improve science and technology developments for the benefit of our all society.

The session will stress the urgency of having clear policies focused on the improvement of the large gender gap in science that we are facing worldwide, and a need to bring clear measurements for improving the status of women and girls in science. Several initiatives and examples will be presented, including the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) Forum, the South African case study on women's contribution to science policy, and the African Network of Women in Astronomy (AfNWA-AfAS). Finally, a list of recommendations will be given to help in co-designing science policies in the future to empower women and girls in science and help to achieve sustainable development goals.

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Daan du Toit

Deputy Director-General, Department of Science and Innovation
Daan du Toit started his career in the South African Government with the then Department of Foreign Affairs where he trained as a diplomat. Since 2002 he has been attached to the Department of Science and Innovation, where he has notably served as the Department's representative in... Read More →
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Aster Tsegaye

Associate Professor, at the Department of Medical Laboratory Sciences, College of Health Sciences, Addis Ababa University
Aster Tsegaye is an Associate Professor, at the Department of Medical Laboratory Sciences, College of Health Sciences, Addis Ababa University. She obtained her BSc (Biology, minor Chemistry, 1987) and MSc (Zoology, 1995) from Addis Ababa University; PhD in HIV Immunology from University... Read More →
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Lourdes Verdes-Montenegro

Coordinator of the Spanish scientific and technological participation in the SKA, Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía (CSIC)
Lourdes Verdes-Montenegro is a radio astronomer focused on the multifrequency analysis of the evolution of galaxies and their environments, with special emphasis in the study of atomic gas (HI). Currently, she is the Coordinator of the Spanish scientific and technological participation... Read More →
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Mirjana Povic

Assistant Professor, Space Science and Geospatial Institute (SSGI), Ethiopia
Mirjana Pović (1981, Serbia) is an assistant professor at the Ethiopian Space Science and Technology Institute (ESSTI), an associate researcher at the Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía in Spain, and an honorary lecturer at Mbarara University of Science and Technology in Uganda... Read More →
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Mei Lin Fung

Attendee, People Centered Internet
Actively working with the World Summit on the Information Society to make participation by women to the 50/50 level for speakers and participants by 2022. Chair and cofounder with Vint Cerf of the People Centered Internet, gave the keynote on Decade of Digital Transformation at t... Read More →
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Gitanjali Sah

Organizer, World Summit on the Information Society
Ms Gitanjali Sah is an experienced International Civil Servant and has worked with several United Nations Organizations like ITU, UNESCO and UNDP in the field of ICT on Development related policy and implementation issues at an international, regional and national level. At present... Read More →
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Anna Fumarola

Senior Project Manager, Women for Africa Foundation
ANNA FUMAROLA, Senior Project Manager, with Women for Africa Foundation started her career in the private sector, more specifically in the telecommunications and aero-space sector as Director of Communication oF HISPASAT where she was in charge, among others, of the coordination of... Read More →
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Frauke Alves

Research Leader, Max-Planck-Institute of Experimenetal Medicine
Prof. Dr. med. Frauke Alves is the head of the interdisciplinary group "Translational Molecular Imaging" located at the Max-Planck-Institute of Experimental Medicine as well as at the UMG, Department of Hematology and Medical Oncology and the Institute for Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology.The focus of the AG Alves is the application of non-invasive and high-resolution imaging techniques in combination with molecular probes to better understand the development... Read More →
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Layih Butake

Senior Outreach Mgr & Ag Communications Director, The African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) Senegal
Dr Layih Butake is a versatile, creative, communications professional with ten years of progressively responsible experience in not-for-profit communications, research and project management. Holder of a Master’s in Corporate Communication, a PhD in Performing Arts and Cinematography... Read More →
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Lucienne Abrahams

Head of Centre, LINK Centre, Wits University
Luci Abrahams (PhD, Wits) is Director of the LINK Centre at Wits University https://www.wits.ac.za/linkcentre/, building research on digital innovation, how digital technologies and processes influence change, and on human-centred digital transformation. Studies include: digital skills gap analysis and implementation; digital government strategy; scaling up innovation in tech hubs and op... Read More →

Amanda Solloway

Parliamentary Under Secretary, Minister for Science, Research and Innovation, United Kingdom Government
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Inés Sánchez de Madariaga

Professor of Urban Planning, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid
Professor of Urban Planning at Universidad Politécnica de Madrid. UNESCO Chair on Gender in Science, Technology and Innovation and. She is a leading international expert on gender in science, urban planning, architecture, and STEM, with extensive experience in policy and research... Read More →
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Carla Sharpe

Africa Programme Manager, SARAO
Carla has been with the South African Square Kilometre Array (SKA) project for several years. The SKA is an international effort to build the world’s largest radio telescope, the sheer scale of the SKA represents a huge leap forward in engineering, technology and research & development... Read More →
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Magdalena Skipper

Editor in Chief, Nature
Dr Magdalena Skipper is Editor in Chief of Nature and Chief Editorial Advisor for the Nature portfolio.A geneticist by training, she holds a PhD from the University of Cambridge, UK. She has considerable editorial and publishing experience, having worked as Chief Editor of Nature... Read More →
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Pontsho Maruping

Deputy MD: Operations and Business Processes, South African Radio Astronomy Observatory
Pontsho considers herself a career nomad given the diverse career choices she has explored. What I really enjoy doing is choosing places/jobs where I can make an impact.  Ms Maruping is an experienced executive with a history in various technology sectors and early stage technology... Read More →
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Brenda Namumba

Dr Brenda Namumba is the first Zambian to have a PhD in astrophysics. She is currently a postdoctoral fellow under the South African Radio Astronomy Observatory (SARAO). She is part of the Centre for Radio Astronomy Techniques and Technologies (RATT) group at Rhodes University. She... Read More →

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