The International Association for Great Lakes Research

Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

June 8-12, 2020

African Women in Science

The African Great Lakes provide food, employment, and drinking water for millions of people. These lakes are in peril, threatening the people’s ability to realize their own livelihoods, justice, equity, democracy, and peace. To help arrest and reverse the environmental degradation of the Great Lakes and their basins, it is necessary to ensure that a capable and knowledgeable research and management community is active within the region, and that this community is sustainable in perpetuity.

Historically, women have been disenfranchised from work in the sciences, reducing the perspective, knowledge, and efforts of one major portion of our population. We are not going to advance very far with such limited perspectives trying to solve critical issues facing our natural resources.

Thus, the African Center for Aquatic Research and Education is creating one of the most comprehensive, long-term, collaborative networks protecting freshwater resources in the world, and specifically focusing on enhancing the participation of women scientists.

To begin, ACARE and its partners are inviting between 5-20 (funding dependent) African students and early career women to attend the International Association for Great Lakes Research conference in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, June 8-12, 2020. 


This effort aims to enhance the network of African Great Lakes freshwater experts to include more women. Currently trends are male-oriented and there is room for vast improvement in inclusion of female researchers in the African scientific community specifically, but the global community in general.

To begin enhancing the opportunities for our female-African students and early career partners ACARE is facilitating the attendance of African women scientists to attend the well established IAGLR conference for the purposes of developing professionally, enhancing their network, gaining different views and approaches on large freshwater resources, and eventually, positively affecting policy and management on the most critical resources on our planet.

However, to make this happen, we need your help. Please consider supporting this endeavor:

Clicking here will take you to our dedicated GoFundMe page for payment.






Clicking here will take you to our application page.


Each participant will be invited to attend the 2020 IAGLR Conference so that they may:

  • Increase the global view of freshwater resources, for themselves, and others

  • Gain input on their research, writing, scientific approaches, and other aspects of their work

  • Enhance their network of expertise to solve issues on their resource

  • Strengthen their future opportunities for research, careers, and knowledge

  • Offer solutions and input to other global freshwater experts 

Each accepted participant will:

  • Be flown to Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada from your closest major airport, to attend the IAGLR 2020 conference, June 8-20, 2020.

  • Give an oral presentation at a session of your choice. The purpose of this is to:

    • Receive feedback from experts in your field about your research, studies, presentation styles

  • Be invited to attend a special social-networking event with academic, managerial, policy, and other members of the global freshwater community. The purpose of this event is to:

    • Grow your social networks, strategize future direction, and make professional connections

  • Have the opportunity to attend the annual Graduate Student Mixer

  • Potentially visit a regional research facility or university campus, furthering exposure to resources, approaches, and experts in the field.

[1] Support includes round-trip flight from the participants nearest airport, lodging, meals, visas, and associated costs from their home and return.

[2] To receive support for this project, participants must be accepted into a session for an 0ral presentation at IAGLR 2020. Participants can present in any session at IAGLR.

If you have any questions about this event, would like to attend the social-networking event, or would like be an event sponsor, please contact:

Jess Ives, ACARE Director of Operations & Steph Smith, Strategic Advisor

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a collection of 17 global goals designed to be a "blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all."

SDG 5: Gender Equality was designed to achieve gender equality and to empower all women and girls. ACARE is working with our partners to ensure we answer the global call to enhance the participation of women in solving our most critical freshwater issues. Limited representation of women in science reduces the perspective, knowledge, and efforts of one portion of our population. 

The importance of women in science cannot be overstated. To learn more of these efforts, please see the World Health Organization's (WHO) and The Research on Disease and Poverty's report and the United Nation's SDG platform, describing SDG 5.

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