IITA seeks to build the next generation of female scientists and leaders

Must Read

How To Block Your Bank Account And SIM Card In Case Of Emergency

Losing your phone and wallet or having them stolen can be very frustrating. However, in case that happens to...

List of United Bank for Africa (UBA) Sort Codes & Branches (with addresses) in Nigeria

The sort code is a number that usually identifies both the bank and the branch where an account is held. The sort...

List of Access Bank Sort Codes & Branches (with addresses) in Nigeria

The sort code is a number which usually identifies both the bank and the branch where an account is...
- Advertisement -

19 February 2021 – On 11 February, the Women in Research and Science (WIRES) held a 13-hour marathon webinar to celebrate the International Day of Women and Girls in Science.

The event themed “CGIAR Women in Science: Shaping the world through science and innovation,” assembled CGIAR centres to each give an hour presentation. Besides hearing about some cutting-edge science, participants engaged directly with some of CGIAR’s finest women scientists and speakers.

IITA seeks to build the next generation of female scientists and leaders brandspurng
The IITA power hour featured women scientists from different Institute hubs and stations across Africa. | www.brandspurng.com

IITA joined WIRES to showcase how CGIAR women scientists are transforming how we look at food, land, and water systems worldwide. Apart from celebrating its female scientists, IITA also sought to train and attract young girls into science through programs like IITA Youth Agripreneurs (IYA) and Start Them Early Program (STEP).

IITA Women’s Group also partners in the Raising Girls Ambition (RAGA) program to sponsor young girls in science careers.

- Advertisement -

Director R4D, Central Africa and Natural Resource Management, Bernard Vanlauwe, gave the keynote address during the IITA power hour, moderated by Sylvia Oyinlola, Head Administration of Western Africa Hub.

Vanlauwe focused on the importance of diversity and highlighted three points—first, diversity in research leads to diverse science solutions; hence, both men and women scientists are important and needed.

Secondly, he stressed the need for every centre to promote gender diversity starting within their organization. Finally, Vanlauwe stated that science careers could be very rewarding for women, looking at female scientists within and outside IITA.

Speaking on the contribution of women scientists to agriculture through IITA, Leena Tripathi, Plant Biotechnologist, looked at the potentials biotechnology has to transform agriculture.

- Advertisement -

She emphasized that genome editing tools are becoming popular molecular tools of choice for crop improvement and that her team in Kenya has trained quite a number of women and men researchers on the technology.

Mercy Diebiru-Ojo, Assistant Specialist in Cassava Seed Systems, shared IITA’s innovations to aid the rapid multiplication of clonal crops, including Semi-Autotrophic Hydroponics (SAH) for cassava and aeroponics for yam. “Food security is majorly dependent on seed systems, but there is the challenge of getting planting materials,” she said.

Delphine Amah, Regional Breeding Manager, spoke on how IITA has turned challenges in plantain breeding into opportunities. “Our contribution in resolving the challenges of pests and diseases in plantain production has improved food security in Africa,” she noted.

Read Also:  IITA DG Sanginga awarded Doctor Honoris Causa for visionary leadership in historic ceremony

Busie Maziya-Dixon, Food and Nutrition Scientist, explained the importance of knowing the types and amounts of food consumed in different locations of Africa, stating that most diseases are related to diet. “Because we are what we eat, knowing what people eat, the quantity and nutritional quality of the food, will help us have the right interventions,” she said.

- Advertisement -

Emphasizing the significance of mentorship to building a career in science, Valentine Nakato, a Postdoctoral fellow in Plant Pathology, spoke on how to fit the puzzle pieces together in the world of plant science research.

She mentioned the need to be mentored by senior scientists and mentoring upcoming scientists. “I have an ongoing research project where I am being mentored by senior scientists and I am also mentoring the young scientist within my team. So I am both a mentor and a mentee,” she said.

Juliet Akello, Plant Pathologist, recalled how the hunger she experienced in the 90s fueled her passion to find a solution to hunger and malnutrition in Africa. She highlighted how the experience also inspired her to mentor young girls to build a career in science. “I encourage senior scientists also to take up the challenge to nurture young scientists.”

Also, Sika Gbegbelegbe, Agricultural Economist (Foresight Modeler), looked at what the future holds and how science can help. According to her, “The food security in Africa can be improved by nurturing young people, including girls, to take up a science career.”

Wrapping up the presentations, Elizabeth Parkes, HarvestPlus Cassava Breeder, handled the question and answer session while Gundula Fischer, Social Scientist and Gender Expert, gave the closing remarks.

Read Also:  How To Make Coconut Oil Without Spending Much!

Fischer mentioned that women scientists network to use the best talent and achieve development goals, but there is still a long way to go to include more women and girls in science, and building their interest and mentoring them to improve and sustain inclusion and diversity.

- Advertisement -
IITA seeks to build the next generation of female scientists and leaders - Brand SpurIITA seeks to build the next generation of female scientists and leaders - Brand Spur

Subscribe to BrandSpur Ng

Subscribe for latest updates. Signup to best of brands and business news, informed analysis and opinions among others that can propel you, your business or brand to greater heights.

- Advertisement -

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

IITA seeks to build the next generation of female scientists and leaders - Brand SpurIITA seeks to build the next generation of female scientists and leaders - Brand Spur

Latest News

Greenliant Launches High Capacity 1TB microSD ArmourDrive(TM) Industrial Memory Cards

Offering Reliability, Portability and Durability at Wide Temperature Ranges

 

BEIJING, CHINA and SANTA CLARA, US - EQS Newswire - 1 March 2021 - Greenliant has expanded its ArmourDrive™ industrial memory card portfolio with the high reliability, high capacity microSD QX Series, available from 256GB to 1TB, and operating at wide temperatures (-25 to +85 degrees Celsius). See microSD ArmourDrive product information at http://bit.ly/SD-microSD.

IITA seeks to build the next generation of female scientists and leaders - Brand Spur

High Capacity microSD ArmourDrive™ Industrial Memory Cards


Industrial microSD memory cards have become a popular storage medium for a broad range of applications, including dashcams and bodycams, data loggers, routers and switches, medical equipment and IIoT devices. Built with high quality, advanced 4-bit-per-cell (QLC) 3D NAND flash memory, microSD ArmourDrive QX Series products provide video, security, networking and industrial customers with cost effective, reliable and rugged removable data storage. UHS Speed Class 10 and SD Specification 6.10 compliant, microSD ArmourDrive QX Series cards reach up to 100/37 MB/s sequential read/write performance and are ideal for video recording at high definition resolution.


Benefits of 93 QX Series microSD ArmourDrive memory cards include:

  • Wide Temperature: Operates between -25 and +85 degrees Celsius
  • Large Capacity: 256 GB, 512 GB, 1 TB
  • High Performance: Supports UHS I-104 ultra high bus speed mode
  • Energy Efficient: Active power consumption less than 400 mA; standby mode less than 1 mA
  • Rugged: Resistant to shock (1500G), vibration (20G) and water (IPX7 rating)
  • Reliable: Achieves more than 2 million hours for Mean Time Between Failures (MTBF)
  • SMART Support: Monitors remaining useful product life


Availability

Greenliant will start sampling microSD ArmourDrive QX Series industrial memory cards at the end of March and expects to start production shipments in April of this year. For more information about 93 QX Series products, contact a Greenliant channel partner, https://www.greenliant.com/sales.


About Greenliant

By leveraging more than 30 years of solid state storage design expertise, Greenliant is dedicated to developing durable, reliable and secure storage solutions for embedded systems and enterprise datacenters. The company is headquartered in Silicon Valley with product development centers in Santa Clara, Beijing, Shanghai, Xiamen and Hsinchu. https://www.greenliant.com


Greenliant, the Greenliant logo and ArmourDrive are trademarks of Greenliant. All other trademarks used herein are the property of their respective owners.


IITA seeks to build the next generation of female scientists and leaders - Brand Spur
- Advertisement -
BrandsPur Weekly Cartoons
- Advertisement -IITA seeks to build the next generation of female scientists and leaders - Brand SpurIITA seeks to build the next generation of female scientists and leaders - Brand Spur