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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
  • 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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  • AfNWA’s first paper published
    AS part of the Proceedings of the IAU Symposium 367 on Education and Heritage in the Ear of Big Data in Astronomy, we published the following paper: Inclusive education and research through African Network of Women in Astronomy and STEM for GIRLS in Ethiopia initiatives Mirjana Pović, Vanessa McBride, Priscilla Muheki, Carolina Ödman-Govender, Somaya Saad, Nana Ama Brown Klutse, Aster Tsegaye, Tigist …

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  • AfNWA Special Session at AfAS2021
    We were lucky to host a Special Session about AfNWA at the Annual Conference of the African Astronomical Society. This gave us a lot of food for thought and input from participants. It also cemented our conviction of being open to anyone wishing to join the network, not just women. Below is the description of …

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  • Official Launch of AfNWA
    We are delighted to announce the launch fo the African Network of Women in Astronomy – AfAS AfNWA. We are a committee of the African Astronomical Society and we have set out to network as many women in astronomy and space science as possible across our beautiful continent and abroad. Here is some news coverage …

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  • Presentation of AfNWA at the IAU Symposium 367
    The 367th Symposium of the International Astronomical Union is themed “Education and Heritage in the Era of Big Data in Astronomy”. AfNWA was presented by Prof. Mirjana Povic in the context of her overview talk about the state of Astronomy in Africa. See below for a recording.