COUNTRY/TOWN: Spain / Several
LENGTH: 2014 onwards
Today, knowledge is the cornerstone upon which development and progress are based. Scientific and technical research must therefore take up a fundamental place in our societies’ social, economic and production fabric.
To rise to the challenge that Africa faces in fairly and respectfully exploiting its extremely significant wealth and in sharing its gains equally among its citizens, it is necessary to count on science, research and innovation. And women wish to be and should be involved.
This is why the Women for Africa Foundation, true to its mission of contributing to the development of Africa through its women, launched the Science by Women programme in 2014, aimed at promoting women’s access to science and technology, supporting them in their research careers, making their achievements visible and promoting their leadership within the international scientific community.
To achieve this ambitious goal, we can count on the support of the best research centres, most of them belonging to the Severo Ochoa group whose prestige is unanimously recognized nationally and internationally, thereby ensuring excellence in scientific research in various fields. They are the Spanish National Cancer Research Center (CNIO), the Institute of Photonic Sciences (ICFO), the Spanish National Centre for Biotechnology (CNB), the Carlos III Health Institute (ISCIII), the Institute of Mathematical Sciences (ICMAT), the Centre for Genomic Regulation (CRG), the Centre for Research in Agricultural Genomics (CRAG), the Neuroscience Institute (IN), the Vall d’Hebrón Research Institute (VHIR), Deusto Tech, Biocruces (BC), the Kronikgune Research Center (KRC), the Barcelona Graduate School of Economics (BGSE), the Donostia International Physics Center (DIPC), the Materials Physics Center (CFM), the Prince Felipe Research Center, the Institute of Neurosciences, the Institute of Sustainable Agriculture (IAS), the Campus of Agrifood International Excellence (ceiA3) and the Repsol Technology Center. In addition to the latter company (Repsol), CLH is also sponsoring the project. The provincial governments of Bizkaia and Gipuzkoa are also collaborating as institutions.
Following the success of the first edition of the programme, we are now in the fifth one, with 17 research centres taking part. A total of 56 African women researchers have benefitted so far. The project’s priority areas for work are healthcare, energy, water, climate change, agriculture and food security.
In addition to bringing African women researchers to Spanish centres, the Science by Women project promotes the creation of networks of African women scientists. It fosters cooperation between Spanish and European networks and encourages the creation of joint projects, whether these are voluntary or for international and regional scientific cooperation among the academic world, research centres and industry.