How can the science sector work to include more female scientists as researchers in Africa? And what implications could more women in science have on the continent’s development?

These are just a few of the issues that the first Gender Summit in Africa (happening this month in Cape Town) is debating.

Gender Summit Africa (GSA) is part of a series of international Gender Summits held in various countries across the globe with the aim to remove gender bias from science and make an advance in the equality of science structures and practices.

“The Gender Summit Africa (GSA) will stimulate meaningful conversations that will ensure that Africa’s research agenda is strengthened as we reflect on how our science, technology, infrastructure, capital and skills could be used to realize the continent’s full potential for the benefit of its entire people,” the summit’s website says.

The theme for GSA 2015 is “Poverty alleviation and economic empowerment through scientific research and innovation”.

Keynote addresses, forums, panel discussions, dinners focusing on topics such as the benefits of gender diversity in science and gender and societal and economic development will be featured on the event’s program running from the 28th to the 30th of April at the Cape Town International Conference Centre.

Key speakers include the minister of Science and Technology, Naledi Pandor, and Daan Du Toit, the department’s deputy director-general of international cooperation and resources, as well as Dr Emily Arnold, assistant professor from the Aerospace Engineering Department at the University of Kansas in the USA, among others.

Ticketing and accommodation info can be found on the GSA website. There are also special discounted packages for students and groups of 15 or more.

[Source and image – Gender Summit Africa]