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Int'l workshop on women in science to be held in Beijing

Date: Jan 10th, 2007

Author: CAS NEWS

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Under the auspices of CAS, the Third World Organization for Women in Science (TWOWS), and the Academy of Sciences for the Developing World, an International Workshop on Women in Science will be held on 16 and 17 August in Beijing.


Co-sponsored by the Chinese Academy of Engineering, the China Association for Science and Technology and the All-China Women's Federation, the workshop aims at identifying the reasons behind women under-representation in their S&T careers, and offering fresh insight into gender issues in the S&T community, according to Prof. FANG Xin, chairperson of the meeting and a member of CAS Presidium. In particular, it will share experience and draw lessons and recommendations among representatives, she notes, adding that the results of this workshop will be communicated to individuals and organizations worldwide to make greater contributions for the development of women in science and technology


The workshop will focus on the following four topics: relations between women and science, how to attract women into the scientific fields, influential factors in the success of women scientists, and how to encourage the women in rural areas to master scientific knowledge.


The executive board meeting of TWOWS will also be held on the occasion, says Prof. Fang who is also a vice president of TWOWS, which is the largest organization of women scientists in the world. Officially launched in 1993, TWOWS strives to improve the status of women within the scientific community and to provide opportunities for them to gain leadership roles within their societies. Its secretariat is located in Trieste, Italy.