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IMG 8115-1024x683Portia and the Elsevier Foundation hosted a workshop entitled "Gender as the lens and driver of better science in Africa and for Africa" at the 2016 #ScienceAfrica UnConference on the 13 September 2016 at Kensington Town Hall, London. 170 guests attended the event under the theme ‘Generation Science: Empowering Africa’s future scientific leaders’, the UnConference challenged attendees to explore new way to equip young Africans with high-level scientific and technical skills. The workshop built on recent discussions of gender issues in science in the context of Africa, which took place at the Gender Summit 5 Africa in April 2014, at Next Einstein Forum in March 2015, and at the Global Research Council meeting in May 2016. The importance and urgency of these gender debates comes from several policy agendas that are currently advancing visions of a better world created through science and technology (e.g. AUC Agenda 2063 and Continental Education Strategy, UN Sustainable Development Goals, EC Open Science, Open Innovation, Open to the World).  We must ensure that the future created with the help of S&T will include and benefits women and men equally. Dr Elizabeth Pollitzer represented Portia and Elsevier Foundation was represented by Programme Director, Ylann Schemm (photographed).  Read more about the event

14 September 2016