Meetings & Events
The First Meeting of the Women for Science Working Group of IANAS
In June 2010 the Women for Science Working Group (WfS-WG) of the InterAmerican Network of Academies of Science (IANAS) held their first meeting in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Anneke Levelt Sengers (member of the NAS and NAE), chair of the working group, presided over the meeting. WG members focused on formulating action plans for the coming year. They learned about other IANAS programs with which to cross-cut on gender issues. The WG had helped organize sessions on gender issues for the IANAS Science Education Program, whose members and focal points met the next day, as well as for a Science Teacher event held the day after. The audience consisted of approximately 100 science teachers and young teachers-in-training and included a keynote lecture by Minister Nilcea Freire, National Secretary on Policies for Women in Brazil.
Levelt Senger’s meeting report can be found here.
Story on the Brazilian Academy's new WfS-WG can be found here.
A Visit to the Bolivian Academy of Sciences
Johanna (Anneke) Levelt Sengers (NAE and NAS), Scientist Emeritus of the National Institute of Standards and Technology, participated in the Executive Meeting of the InterAmerican Network of Academies of Science (IANAS) in La Paz, Bolivia in February 2010. IANAS is the Western Hemisphere’s regional network of the InterAcademy Panel (IAP), which represents all science academies worldwide. Levelt Sengers was a representative of the U.S. National Academies at the meeting and she has worked closely with their Committee on Women in Science, Engineering, and Medicine (CWSEM). In 2005-06, she had served as co-chair of the InterAcademy Council (IAC) Advisory Panel “Women for Science,” which addressed the science academies. IAP adopted that report for implementation in 2006. A copy of the report is available here.
Last year at the Mexican Academy, IANAS started implementing the IAC report by preparing to form a working group. In her report, Levelt Sengers describes how her presentation in La Paz led to her appointment as the chair of the IANAS working group “Women for Science.” Levelt Sengers also describes the sights and sounds of La Paz, and how the huge earthquake in Chile disrupted air traffic in Latin America and caused headaches at Miami airport.
IANAS Women for Science Symposium, Mexico
The IANAS Women for Science Symposium was held on April 20-21, 2009, and was attended by Johanna (Anneke) Levelt Sengers, Scientist Emeritus of the National Institute of Standards and Technology and Lilian Wu, Program Executive of IBM. Representatives from the Science Academies of Argentina, Chile, Canada ,Costa Rica and Cuba were in attendance as well.
The purpose of the meeting was to prepare for the implementation of the InterAcademy Council (IAC) Women for Science Report.
Levelt Sengers and Wu's meeting report on the IANAS Science Symposium can be found here.
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