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Science Engagement Days 2024: (More) Women in Research 5 – 8 March in Arusha, Tanzania

13-02-24

The global challenges we face demand innovative solutions from diverse perspectives in natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities. Embracing diversity enhances research quality.

Gender-inclusive research groups drive innovation in collective problem-solving. Unfortunately, despite increasing female education, less than 30% of global researchers are women and remain underrepresented in top academic positions.

To address this, Danida Fellowship Centre and MS TCDC have invited selected women researchers from the two organisations network to participate in the “(More) Women in Research” seminar on March 5–8, 2024, at MS TCDC in Arusha.

This international event aims to unite women researchers, offering networking, advice on navigating academia, and tools for advocacy. The workshop connects scholars across Africa, facilitating research sharing, reflection, and discussions on contemporary global challenges.

As part of MS TCDC’s series of Arusha Debates, the seminar will also feature an online debate to amplify the call for more women in research. This aligns with the Arusha Debates’ goal of addressing critical African issues and contributes to a more inclusive and impactful policy agenda.

Latest update of seminar programme. 13 February 2024. Subject to change

Monday 4 March 2024

All day – Arrival and check in at MS TCDC

19:00 – Informal dinner at Dining Hall

Tuesday 5 March 2024

Day 1. More women in research & breaking the glass ceiling
Pan African Hall & breakout setups

07.00 – 08.45  Breakfast at Dining Hall

08:30 – 09.00 Welcome to MS TCDC

09.00 – 09.30 Welcoming remarks by Ana Haule, Executive Director MS-TCDC and Ulla Næsby Tawiah, Director, Danida Fellowship Centre.

09.30 – 10.30 Why it is critical to have more women in research 

Keynote adresses by Hon. Joyce L Ndalichako, Minister of State, Prime Minister’s Office, Tanzania and Dr Beatrice Muganda Inyangala, Principal Secretary, State Department for Higher Education and Research, Ministry of Education, Kenya

10.30 – 11.00 Tea Break

11.00 – 11.30 Introduction to the seminar by Vibeke Quaade, Danida Fellowship Centre and Stella Agara, MS-TCDC

11.30 – 12.45 Speed date introductions and presentations of research projects in groups

12.45 – 13.00 Family photo

13.00 – 14.00 Lunch Break

14.00 – 15.00 How to advance in academia as a woman and break the glass ceiling
Plenary session 

Presentations by Dr Stella Laloyo, Gulu University, Gender, Peace studies (junior level) and
Dr Susan Kaaria, Director, African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (senior level)

Q & A

15.00 – 15.30 Tea Break

15.30 – 16.15 How to advance in academia as a woman and break the glass ceiling – continued
Breakout sessions & group work

What are the challenges and opportunities from different perspectives? (national/regional/institution/position etc) 

Group work facilitated by Dr Stella Laloyo and Dr. Susan Kaaria assisted by Sylvie Namwase, School of Law, Makerere University, Uganda, Nsubili Isaga, School of Business, Mzumbe University, Tanzania, Agatha Alidri, Gulu University, Uganda and Evelyn F. Wamboye Editor-in-Chief of Journal of African Development, USA.

16.15 – 17. Plenary presentations and discussion

Wednesday 6 March 2024

Day 2. Women taking leadership in funding, networking, mentorship and advocacy
Pan African Hall & breakout setups

07.00 – 09.00  Breakfast at Dining Hall

09.00 – 09.45  Best practices and case stories from successful women PIs 

Round table by Nsubili Isaga, School of Business, Mzumbe University, Tanzania, Lea Pare Toe, Institut de Recherche en Sciences de la Santé, Burkina Faso, Sylvie Namwase, School of Law, Makerere University, Uganda. Facilitated by Stella Agara

09.45 – 10.30
Group work: Reflection on own possibilities for being a PI 

Workshops in four groups. Each appointing a rapporteur. Google doc.

10.30 – 11.00 Tea Break

11.00 – 11.30 Funding opportunities for women in research

Presentation of Danida funding modalities by Professor Lotte Meinert, The Consultative Reserach Commitee (FFU)

Q & A

11.30 – 12:30 Workshop: Alternative funding modalities, what would this quorum want?

Groupwork

12.30 – 13.30 Lunch Break

13.30 – 14.00 Mentorship, networking and how to influence policy and pave the way for more women in research and in academia

The Mawazo way of mentorship, networking and how to influence policy. Presentation by Caroline Mose, Director of Programmes, Mawazo Institute

14.00 – 15.00 Group works in use of Mawazo’s Public Engagement and Policy Tool

1st group: Climate change
2nd group: Gender
3rd group. Tech
4th group: 
Indigenous knowledge systems 

15.00 – 15.30 Tea Break

15.30 – 16:30 Group presentations and discussions

Thursday 7 March 2024

Day 3. Gender sensitivity, Arusha debate and navigating the publishing world
Pan African Hall, Arusha debate & breakout setups

07.00 – 09.00  Breakfast at Dining Hall

09.00 – 9.15 Word of the day by Agatha Alidri, Gulu University, Uganda

09.15 – 10.00 Gender sensitivity in research proposals and implementation
Plenary session

Presentations by Julie Bune & Line Richter, Research Programme Managers, Danida Fellowship Centre & Sarah Ssali, Associate Professor and Dean of the School of Gender Studies at Makerere University

Q & A

10.00- 10. 30 Group work in gender sensitive research

Workshops in four groups. Each appointing a rapporteur. Google doc.

10.30 – 11.00  Tea Break

11.00 – 13.00 Arusha debate on more women in research
Live debate starts at 11.15

Video statements
Introduction of debate topic and speakers by moderator (to be confirmed)

Five mins pitches by every speaker (four)
Moderated session on selected debate questions
Closing of debate and conclusions

13.00 – 14.00 Lunch Break

14.00 – 15.00 Navigating the publishing world. What does an editor look for?
Two parallel plenary sessions

Social science by Evelyn F. Wamboye Editor-in-Chief of Journal of African Development

Natural science by Magdalena Skipper, Editor-in-Chief, Nature

15.00 – 15.30 How to make your own research into an article or abstract for an article
Workshops

3o min individuel writing session

15.30 -16.00 Tea break

16.00 – 17.00 Group feedback sessions for social sciences/humanities and natural sciences

Presentation of abstracts targeted selected journals.

Feedback session in mixed junior/senior groups of approx. five women

19.00 Barbecue dinner & fireside stories

Friday 8 March 2024

Day 4. Next steps for more women in research
Panafrica Hall & breakout setups

07.00 – 09.00. Breakfast in Dining Hall

9.00 – 10.30 More networking and mentorship
Plenary session

Presentations on the Pan-African Women’s Studies Network by Sarah Ssali, Associate Professor and Dean of the School of Gender Studies at Makerere University and the Danida Fellows Network by Elena Adamo, Communication Officer, Danida Fellowship Centre

10.30 – 11.00 Tea Break

11.00 – 12.30  The voices, perspectives and push for more women in research
Plenary session & groupwork

Key takeaways and review of manifesto on continuing the push for more women in research.

acilitated by Dr Agatha Alidri, Gulu University

Evaluation

12.30 – 13.30 Lunch Break 

13.30 – 15.00  Closing ceremony

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