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 skills in computer science to carry her through the years until she got the opportunity to study for her PhD. Her research focuses on determining the age of outer solar system objects using data from collisions on the surface of Jupiter. She is also a writer for L’Astronomie Afrique, the first online magazine about African astronomy in French. She is also a fellow of the Organisation of Women in Science for the Developing World. She is very dedicated to outreach – she recognise the role of science in societies’ efforts to develop a better place in the world and wants to share her passion for astronomy with the young from all over Africa.