“Canarias Investiga” brings African women scientists together with scientists from the islands


Madrid, 11 November 2021. African women scientists, beneficiaries of the Ellas Investigan programme, who in this edition are carrying out their research stay in prestigious centres in the Canary Islands, together with the directors of these centres, will tell us about their work and experiences.

Brenda Namumba, from Zambia, astrophysicist, from the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (IAC); Marie Ndiaye, from Senegal, visiting computer engineer at the Instituto Universitario de Investigaciones Biomédicas y Sanitarias (IUIBS), and Lala Kounta, from Senegal, visiting oceanographic physicist at the Plataforma Oceánica de Canarias (PLOCAN) will share the table with Casiana Muñoz-Tuñón, Deputy Director of the IAC, Juan Ruiz Alzola, Director of the IUIBS and Joaquín Brito, Director of PLOCAN.

The event, which will be a debate in which 12 other African women scientists who are currently in Spanish centres as beneficiaries of the “Ellas Investigan” programme, will also take place virtually.

The objectives of Science by Women are to promote the access of African women researchers to science and technology, to support them in their careers, to make their achievements visible, and to promote their leadership in the international scientific community.

The priority areas of work of this project are related to health, energy, water and climate change, agriculture, and food security; all of them closely linked to the development of the African continent.

Since its inception, a hundred African women researchers have been or are integrated into Spanish centres of excellence that collaborate with the programme.

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