Tribute to Carolina ÖdMAN

It’s with heavy hearts that we learnt of the passing of our dear friend and colleague, Carolina Odman, on 15 November 2022.  Carolina was a founding member of the African Network for Women in Astronomy (AfNWA) and a serving member of the AfNWA board.  She has been a powerful force in our community, advocating for …

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2022 Women in astronomy Awards

The African Network of Women in Astronomy (AfNWA), a sub-committee of the African Astronomical Society (AfAS), in collaboration with the  International Science Programme (ISP), Uppsala University, Sweden is delighted to invite nominations for the 2022 Women in Astronomy in Africa awards. The aim of the award is to recognise and support the scientific achievements, and contributions …

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The Cosmic Savannah Podcast features AfNWA

We are delighted to have been asked to contribute to the Cosmic Savannah Podcast, the only podcast dedicated to African astronomy. The episode is number 54 of their series and is available here: https://thecosmicsavannah.com/episode-54-the-african-network-of-women-in-astronomy/ Of course, don’t miss any of their other episodes by subscribing to the podcast on your favourite platform. Thank you to …

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Special AfNWA session at the AfAS conference

AfNWA organised a special session on 17 of March during the AfAS annual meeting titled ‘Current status of AfNWA after one year since its official launching‘. This session briefly summarised the work done in the last year, including AfNWA awards, and what are the plans for 2022. The second part of the session was an …

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New board member: Ms. Salma Sylla Mbaye

We are thrilled to welcome a new member to our board, who will strengthen the presence of West Africa in AfAS – AfNWA. With a background in atomic and nuclear physics, Ms. Salma Sylla Mbaye is currently doing her PhD in astrophysics, making her the first astrophysicist in her home country, Senegal. She used her …

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FIRST EVER AFRICAN WOMEN IN ASTRONOMY AWARD WINNERS ANNOUNCED

Cape Town – 2 March 2022 Two exceptional women in science are being recognised by the inaugural awards of the African Network of Women in Astronomy. The early career award goes to Dr. Marie Korsaga, Burkina Faso’s first woman astronomer and the senior award goes to Prof. Renée Kraan-Korteweg from South Africa. The awards, worth …

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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

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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