The African Network for Women in Astronomy (AfNWA) is an initiative that aims to connect women working in astronomy and related fields in Africa. It was established in September 2020 as one of the committees under AfAS. With AfNWA we would like to guarantee future participation of girls and women at all levels in astronomy and science developments in Africa. Our main objectives are improving the status of women in science in Africa, and using astronomy to inspire more girls to do STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics).

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  • Celebrating World Space Week OCt 04 – 10 2021
    To get a glimpse of African women working in Astronomy and Space, we invite you to browse through the presentation below. AfNWA World Space Week 4 10 oct. 2021 from Carolina Ödman-Govender
  • Growing a network of skilled professionals in Astronomy – the story of the SKA South Africa
    Special talk on Tuesday October 12 at 14:00 SAST The South African Radio Astronomy Observatory (SARAO), formerly known as the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) South Africa project, established a human capacity development programme in 2015 to grow the science and engineering skills base on the African continent for the construction and hosting of the SKA …

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  • Second session of CV training workshop
    On 10 August 2021, AfNWA gave its second session on how to write an excellent CV. The workshop was moderated by Prof. Somaya Saad and given by Dr. Carolina Odman. It was attended by about 15 people, the majority of whom were women, but not all. These training sessions help the members of the AfNWA …

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  • Seminars and articles
    AfNWA and AfAS have been presented during the two invited seminars organised by: 1) Keele University, UK, in May, and 2) Leiden Observatory, The Netherlands, in June. Important visibility to AfNWA and AfAS has been given among the international community during these two seminars, as well as to the current status of women in astronomy …

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  • Jocelyn Bell Inspiration Medal given to AfNWA Co-founder Prof. Mirjana Povic
    This medal celebrates Mirjana’s inspirational work and was awarded at the European Astronomical Society annual meeting in June 2021. Mirjana gave a plenary presentation that was attended by more than 550 participants. She inspired the audience, by giving them a picture on how Astronomy can be used in Africa to contribute to the Sustainable Development …

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  • Growing International exposure for AfNWA
    AfNWA was presented during the opening Plenary of the Africa-EU Science and Innovation Summit in June 2021. The event was attended by nearly 200 people. This event and others are a great opportunity grow the membership of AfNWA. The event included a range of themes, including Health, Medicine, Life Sciences, Geoscience, ICT, Digital Transformation, the …

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  • Special Sessions at the 6th East African Astronomical Society Workshop
    Two special sessions on women in science have been organised under the 6th East African Astronomical Society Workshop and the Africa-EU Science and Innovation Summit, held virtually in May and June, respectively. More than 50 participants from Africa, Europe, and the rest of the world attended each of the sessions. The two organised sessions gave more …

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  • Training on Presentation Skills
    In May 2021, AfNWA held its second training workshop, about “How to give an impactful Presentation”. The training was attended by 36 enthusiastic participants – 23 women and 13 men. We were lucky to have the training workshop given by by Dr. Jacinta Delhaize, a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Cape Town with a …

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  • Training on CV Writing offered
    On 22 April AfNWA held its first training for the Network. It was about writing curriculum vitae. The event was oversubscribed and it was decided to run a second one at a later date. The training focused on practical advice for ones own CV, and for applying for jobs, in academia as well as in …

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