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Women in Science and Technology for the Developing World

5th General Assembly and International Conference

May 16 - May 19, 2016

Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research (KISR)
Kuwait City, Kuwait
Arab Countries

The OWSD 5th General Assembly and International Conference was held in Kuwait from 16-19 May 2016

The Kuwait Institute of Scientific Research (KISR) generously hosted the event to coincide with the first ever Kuwait National Women's Day (16th May).

Kuwait has a long history of supporting OWSD. The Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences (KFAS) sponsored the first General Assembly in Cairo way back in 1993, and more recently, KISR hosted the “International Conference on Women in Science and Technology in the Arab Countries” (April 2013). It is very appropriate then that the Fifth General Assembly (5GA) and International Conference on Women in Science and Technology in the Developing World was held in Kuwait.

The international event was jointly organized by KISR and OWSD with further financial support from KFAS, the Islamic Development Bank and TWAS. The aim of the 5GA and Conference was to further our understanding of the challenges faced by women in science and technology and to recommend best practices that will enable us to overcome these challenges.  The convention was structured under two events: the Fifth General Assembly and the Conference. Each event had a detailed provisional programme and activities.

The OWSD Executive Board convened the General Assembly on two days - the opening day,  16 May and the closing day, 19 May. All OWSD Members were invited to participate. In particular, the General Assembly in accordance with the Statutes elected the new Executive Board for 2016-2020

The conference encouraged collaboration and exchange of knowledge and experience among OWSD members and participants. The ultimate goal was to encourage women’s participation in science and technology, which will have an impact on economic development, and allow greater diversity in the elaboration of scientific knowledge and the formulation of new ethical standards on science and the technology.

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Conference Introduction

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