The president of the Women for Africa Foundation (FMxA), M. Teresa Fernández de la Vega, and the rector of the University of Valencia, M. Vicenta Mestre, have renewed the collaboration agreement between the two institutions to continue promoting the “Science by Women” programme.
The event was also attended by the Vice Rector for Research, Carlos Hermenegildo; the Vice Rector for Sustainability, Cooperation and Healthy Living, Pilar Serra, and the Rector’s Delegate for Cooperation, Carmen Lloret.
In her speech, the rector of the University of Valencia congratulated M. Teresa Fernández for the excellent project that empowers women in Africa. She also wanted to reaffirm the institution’s commitment to cooperation projects such as this one, in which women come to Spain to do research but return to their countries of origin to develop what they have learned and continue to develop the research network generated.
For her part, the president of the FMxA thanked the University of Valencia for its collaboration in the “Science by Women” project and the example it sets for the involvement of other Spanish universities in it. She also highlighted the work carried out by these African researchers and its impact, not only in Spain, but also in their countries of origin.
“Science by Women” is a programme that allows post-doctoral African women scientists to carry out research projects in the fields of health, biomedicine, food security, water, energy and climate change in Spanish research centres and institutes.
The signed agreement renews the framework agreement signed between both institutions in July 2021 and establishes the conditions that will govern the relationship between the UV and the FMxA as well as the commitments of each institution. Thus, the University of Valencia undertakes to incorporate the selected researcher into a UV research group for a period of six months and to contribute €20,000 to finance her stay.
The researcher will join the research group led by Rosa Noguera, lecturer at the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, which carries out its activities in collaboration with the Health Research Institute – INCLIVA of the Hospital Clínico de València.
For its part, the Women for Africa Foundation undertakes to guarantee the completion of the stay, manage the necessary legal procedures with the institution of origin, etc. In this way, the UV continues to be part of the 26 collaborating institutions such as the National Cancer Research Centre (CNIO); the Institute of Neurosciences (IN); the Carlos III Institute of Health (ISCIII); the Prince Felipe Research Centre (CIPF); the National Centre for Biotechnology (CNB); among others.
After the ceremony, the participants went to the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry and INCLIVA to visit the facilities and technical equipment that will be at the disposal of the researcher, accompanied by the director-manager of INCLIVA, Vicente de Juan Martín; the scientific director of INCLIVA, Andrés Cervantes; and the principal investigator of the UV and INCLIVA, Rosa Noguera.
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