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Home News News Archive International Conference on Gender Participation in the Development of Science 14-15 November, 2009

International Conference on Gender Participation in the Development of Science 14-15 November, 2009

Venue: National Museum of Science and Technology Auditorium, Agargoan Dhaka - 1207


Date: 14-15 November, 2009


Bangladesh Academy of Sciences (BAS) is the apex scientific professional body of the scientists having outstanding achievement at home and abroad. The academy was established in 1973 with some internationally renowned scientists like Dr. M. Qudrat-i-Khoda, Professor M.O. Ghani, Professor M.H Khandker and many more. Presently the Academy has 56 Fellows, 15 expatriate fellows and 13 Foreign Fellows of which 6 Fellows are Nobel Laureates, such as Dr. Norman E. Borlaug(Peace) who recently expired, late Professor Abdus Salam (Physics), Professor Richard R. Ernst (Chemistry) Professor Ben R. Mottelson (Physics), Professor Masatoshi Koshiba (Physics) and Prof Dr. Yuan T. Lee (Chemistry), President-elect, IESU. The Academy is is the focal point of the TWAS in Bangladesh and in the Executive Committee of the IAP and NASIC, Vice President of the AASA and a Council Member of the FASAS, It is the focal point for the International Counci for Science (ICSU) in Bangladesh. It organizes national and international seminars, conferences and workshops etc. on issues of national and global importance.

ABOUT The Inter Academy Panel (IAP)

IAP is a global network of the world's science academies, launched in 1993. Its primary goal is to help member academies work together to advise citizens and public officials on the scientific aspects of critical global issues. IAP is particularly interested in assisting young and small academies achieve these goals and, through the communication links and networks created by IAP activities, all academies will be able to raise both their public profile among citizens and their influence among policy makers.

ABOUT The Academy of Sciences for the Developing Worldl (TWAS)

TWAS, the academy of sciences for the developing world, is an autonomous international organization, founded in 1983 in Trieste, Italy, by a distinguished group of scientists from the South under the leadership of the late Nobel laureate Abdus Salam of Pakistan. It was officially launched by the secretary-general of the United Nations in 1985. TWAS represents the best of science in developing countries. Its main mission is to promote scientific excellence and capacity in the South for science-based sustainable development.

ABOUT The Inter Academy Council (IAC)

In May 2000 all of the world's science academies created the IAC to mobilize the best scientists and engineers worldwide to provide high quality advice to international bodies - such as the United Nations and the World Bank - as well as to other institutions. In a world where science and technology are fundamental to many critical issues - ranging from climate change and genetically modified organisms to the crucial challenge of achieving sustainability - making wise policy decisions has become increasingly dependent on good scientific advice. The IAC is client-driven and works on a project-by-project basis. It has developed mechanisms and procedures to guarantee the scientific quality of its reports, the policy-relevance of its recommendations and the absence of regional or national bias. The IAC collaborates closely with the InterAcademy Panel, the InterAcademy Medical Panel, the International Council of Academies of Engineering and Technological Sciences, and the International Council for Science. The IAC Secretariat is hosted by the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.


Women are underrepresented in all occupations dealing with, science mathematics or engineering and it is an open question whether this situation is desirable or not. We still have a gender-specific and subsequently a gender-hierarchic division of labor-market. Realizing that the low representation of women in science and engineering is a major hindrance to global capacity building in science and technology, the IAC at its annual meeting in January 2004 initiated a short-term project for helping to remedy that situation. The IAC formed an Advisory Panel on Women for science with the mandate to review previous studies, provide examples of effective projects already implemented, and issue a set of actionable recommendations addressed particularly to the world’s Science and Engineering Academies. The reason for choosing these specific targets is their likely multiplicative effects. Through their high prestige and alliances with governments, universities, and nongovernmental organizations, the Academies can play a unique advocacy and leadership role in initiating enlightened actions and in accelerating processes that in some quarters, public as well as private, have already been set in motion. The IAP has urged all the Member Academies to rake effective steps for proper representation of women scientists in all their programmes and activities and urge upon the policy makers to eliminate gender discrimination in appointment, training, promotion and placement of qualified women in decision making instruments of the government. The Network of Academies of Sciences in the OIC Countries (NASIC), one of the regional networks of the IAP has been given the responsibility to undertake seminar, workshop and conference programmes for focusing on gender participation in science and technology. The conference was supposed to be held in Islamabad last March, but could not be held due to unavoidable circumstances and now planned for holding in Dhaka, sponsored by the IAP.

Theme: Women Scientists for Development


The underrepresentation of women in science represents a loss for women themselves, for science and society. This unacceptable and unaffordablewaste of human resources in research and technology needs to be properly addressed. The Inter Academy Panel (IAP), the Network of Academies of Sciences in Islamic Countries (NASIC), the Bangladesh Academy of Sciences (BAS) and The Academy of Sciences for the Developing World (TWAS) are jointly organizing an international Conference with the financial support of Inter Academy Panel (IAP). The aim of the conference is to mobilize women to enrich scientific research. The Conference shall generate a unique atmosphere for women working in science to network, share experiences, learn and have a great time. And it shall be done through a series of stimulating addresses from our learned speakers and participants.

The conference has the following specific objectives:

  • To provide opportunities for women to explore and speak on issues related to women and development of science.
  • To review current status of gender role in the development of science
  • To help promote visibility of women in the national and global science community.
  • To assist women to gain confidence in their role in the development of science and science policy.
  • Portray current trends in scientific research and science related career
  • Provide women students as well as practitioners with the chance to meet and communicate with other women in of science based professions.

Themes of the Conference include women scientists and frontiers of science; gender participation in research and policy making; innovation, leadership capacity and entrepreneurship; women scientists and global scientific community; young women scientists forum. To see the program please click here


Researchers, academicians, policymakers, NGO's and others with preference of those related to gender role in society and science. It is expected that the participants will present papers in the light of the selected theme of the workshop.


Nominating organizations will be responsible for travel expenses of the participants. However, limited grant is available for people selected on merit.


Local hospitality (boarding/lodging and transport) will be provided to participants on the recommendation of the workshop organizing committee. The guest will stay at BRAC Center Inn., Mohakhali, Dhaka. If you wish to know more about the boarding and transport, please contact at


For further information contact:

1. Prof. Dr. M Shamsher Ali, President, BAS

Fax: +88-02-9892914
Email: msali(at)

2. Prof. Dr. Naiyyum Choudhury, Secretary, BAS

Fax: +88-02-8117049
Email: naiyyum(at)

3. Dr. M.A. Mazed, Director, BAS

Phone: +88-02-9110425
Fax : +88-02-8117049;
Email: office(at)




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