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OWSD 6th General Assembly and International Conference

October 13, 2021

The conference will bring together thousands of OWSD members online to network, hear from world-renowned experts in science and development, and share their research.

OWSD announces its 6th General Assembly and International Conference, which will be held from November 8-19, 2021.

The conference will be held entirely online for the first time in OWSD's 28-year history, allowing as many of OWSD's 7500+ members to participate as possible.

The conference theme is 'Women, science and development', exploring three areas of relevance: 1) the importance of basic sciences for development; 2) the impact of applied sciences on development and 3) including sex and gender as variables in scientific research.

Keynote speakers include: Fabiola Gianotti, Director-General of CERN; Bina Agarwal, an internationally celebrated economist specializing in the political economy of gender, poverty and inequality; and Angela Saini, award-winning author of Inferior: How Science Got Women Wrong and the New Research That’s Rewriting the Story, Superior: The Return of Race Science, and other books. Professor Quadrio-Curzio, renowned Italian economist and ex-president of the Accademia dei Lincei, will present a special edition of the Economia Politica journal, focusing on 'Pandemics, women and the Global South' which includes an editorial by Nobel laureate Amartya Sen. OWSD members will also present their own scientific and personal responses to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The conference will include a handover of the previous OWSD Executive Board to the new members, elected in June-July 2021. On the last day of the conference (19 November), the OWSD Italy Country Network will be launched. It is hoped this will be an inperson event in Trieste, pending clearance of regulations for the ongoing pandemic. Italian government representatives and donors are invited to attend. The Trieste event will be coordinated with similar in person events being held in OWSD countries throughout the developing world and streamed online. At least 2,000 OWSD members, women scientists from developing countries around the world, are expected to participate online in the General Assembly and conference.

See the full programme and learn more about the conference at the webpage here

OWSD members can register for the conference here. Media or other interested persons who are not OWSD members can contact to inquire about participation in the conference.

Learn about past OWSD General Assemblies here.

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