Women Advancement Forum: International Exchanges, Research & Academia

  • African Institute for Mathematical Sciences
  • Cape Town, South Africa
  • Jul 09, 2019
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In celebration of the 2019 edition of South African Women’s Month and National Science Week, the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS South Africa) in collaboration with African Gong – The Pan-African Network for the Popularization of Science & Technology and Science Communication in Africa, plans to host a three – day Women’s Advancement Forum: International Exchanges, Research & Academia (WAFIRA). The workshop will bring together at least 150 Women in STEM academia and research and at early career stages (Hons’, Masters’, PhD’s, and Post-Doctorates) from higher education and research institutes in the Western Cape.

THEME: Mainstreaming Gender and Socio-cultural Inclusion in Climate Change
WHEN: 31 July – 2 August 2019
WHERE: AIMS South Africa Campus, 6 Melrose Road, Muizenberg, Cape Town
REGISTRATION: Please click here to register. Registration closes 12 July  2019
COST: Free


The goal of this workshop is to enhance the participants’ skills, knowledge, networks, and information systems in climate change research, gender representation, science communication and public engagement so that they can progress on the path towards advanced further studies in STEM fields and boost their progression in academia and research, in South Africa.

WAFIRA is a highly innovative and African-centric capacity-building and training programme designed to meet the leadership development, career aspirations and professional development needs of African Women in STEM, in academia and research. It is very uniquely, ‘Made in Africa’, by African women, for African women, and delivered by African women. The programme is designed to enhance the skills, knowledge, networks, and information systems, of African women academics and researchers through mentoring programmes; international exchange programmes; successful research funding application techniques and methodologies; strategic career planning; and a whole other plethora of evidence-based good practice tools and instruments for their advancement in academia and research.

The workshop will feature presentations by dynamic African women STEM leaders, researchers and academics together with reflective, insightful and engaging interactive activities and sessions that will stimulate dialogue and encourage collaboration and peer-peer learning and sharing amongst the participants.

The workshop will cover, but is not limited to the following topics:

  • How do we communicate climate change to disadvantaged communities in South Africa?
  • African Universities and Leadership for Climate Change Communication, and the Role of Applied Technologies
  • Mainstreaming Gender and Socio-Cultural Inclusion in Climate Change Research and Communication Framework
  • The Role of Mathematical Sciences in Advancing Climate Change Communication, Understanding and Public Engagement
  • Research for Science Communication and Public Engagement with Science
  • Women’s Advancement in STEM Entrepreneurship for Science Communication and Public Engagement
  • Mentoring and Women’s Advancement in Science Communication and Public Engagement: Empowerment Contexts of
  • Individual and Collective Learning and Solidarity in South Africa
  • Monitoring and Evaluation for Science Communication and Public Engagement Activities
  • Science Education and Climate change Communication: Opportunities for collaboration
  • Scientists, Researchers and Media partnerships for enhancing climate change communication and research dissemination
  • Climate Change Research, Collaborations and Communication: Showcase of International Exchanges, Course Opportunities and Scholarships by Embassies of International Countries

After the three-day programme, participants will take part in the post-workshop/programme support, mentoring and impact engagement activities. The aim of such activities is to further enhance, sustain and capacity-build the programme participants as they undertake their follow- up exercises, to implement their planned target goals/outcomes, such as research/study completion/dissemination/publication; science outreach activities/public engagement; applying for international exchange/scholarship opportunities; academic/research career advancement; etc.

From 5 August to 5 September 2019, each participant will be expected to engage with at least ten learners or educators or fellow university students or the general public through science engagement activities. Such engagement activities include radio interviews, public lectures, career guidance, panel discussions, hands-on activities and/or facilitate a workshop, women mentoring workshops, science communication competitions, media interview(s) for the TV, newspapers, and magazines, social media campaigns, etc.


All early career stages women researchers or academics in STEM (Hons’, Masters’, PhD’s, and Post-Doctorates) from Stellenbosch University (SU), the University of Cape Town (UCT), Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) & the University of the Western Cape (UWC) and research institutes in Cape Town are eligible to apply. Priority will be given to female students from historically disadvantaged backgrounds. Only participants who have completed the registration form to confirm their participation and have received formal notification that their applications have been accepted will be allowed to take part in the workshop!


The registration is free of charge for this prestigious event, but space is limited! We will allocate space on a first come, first serve basis.

Registration Form

For more information, contact Dr Rejoyce Gavhi-Molefe or Ms Rene January at houseofscience@aims.ac.za or 021 787 9357.

Tea/Coffee, snacks, lunch and transportation from and back to (UCT, UWC, SU & CPUT) will be provided.

Experience level of the applicant we want

Some work experience, Graduate, Undergraduate, College / Sixth form, High School