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Women Breakthrough Award Ceremony

Bayer Foundation, Elsevier Foundation, Alferd Herrhausen Gesellschaft, Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes, Foundation Medicine, Falling Walls Foundation | Atinuke Chineme, Marwa Shumo, Sudeshna Das, Simangele Shakwane

On the evening of 7 November, we will host the very first ceremony for the Women Breakthrough Award 2023a joined initiative of Female Science Talents and the Elsevier Foundation. We will honour four international award winners who conduct visionary research while contributing to gender equality and diversity in science.

This event is part of our flagship event, the International Fall Gathering, which will put a spotlight on Gender Parity and Diversity as Accelerators for Social Progress and take place on 7 November at Palais Populaire, with the support of the Alfred Herrhausen Gesellschaft.

Opening Words: Mirit Eldor, Executive Vice President for Strategy, Elsevier

Category Innovation: The Power of Black Soldier Fly for Bioconversion and Feed, Atinuke Chineme, University of Calgary & Marwa Shumo, Center for Development Research (ZEF), University of Bonn & Intensive Track Champion 2022

Category Gender Mainstreaming: AI to Identify Gender Bias in School Textbooks, Sudeshna Das, Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur

Category Empowerment: A Culturally Sensitive Model for Intimate Care Facilitation in Nursing Care, Simangele Shakwane, University of South Africa

In the presence of our distinguished Jurors: Ylann Schemm (the Elsevier Foundation); Rana Dajani (Hashemite University & Society for the Advancement of Science and Technology in the Arab World (SASTA)); Imke Rajamani (Hamburg Sustainability Conference); and Injonge Karangwa (Institute for Creative Repair).

(This is an invitation-only event)

Atinuke Chineme

University of Calgary

Atinuke Chineme is a Ph.D. candidate in Environmental Design at the University of Calgary, Canada. She holds a B.Sc. in Civil Engineering (University of Ibadan, Nigeria) and an M.Sc. in Sustainable Energy Development (University of Calgary). Her interdisciplinary research interest focuses on the promotion of self-agency for women in low-income communities through closed-loop waste management. Her research interest lies in promoting self-agency among women in low-income communities through closed-loop waste management. She considers socio-economic factors, including traditional African female-led institutions, in designing culturally appropriate waste management strategies that are environmentally sustainable and economically empower communities.

I want to include gender and cultural considerations in mitigating open dumping and landfilling of organic waste in low-income regions. I want this because over a quarter of the world’s population does not have access to waste collection. I can do this because I have co-produced a gender-based biowaste treatment system in a low-income peri-urban community.

Marwa Shumo

Center for Development Research (ZEF)

Dr. Marwa Shumo a.k.a The Lady of the Flies is a Falling Walls Labs Finalist (2016) and a Young Scientist of the “Council for the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings” (2020,2021 and 2023). The Lady of the Flies gained a B.Sc. in Biotechnology (University of Nizwa, Oman), an MSc. in Environmental Sciences (University of Cologne, Germany) and a PhD in Agricultural Sciences (University of Bonn, Germany) and an International Doctorate in Development Studies (Center for Development Research/ZEF, Germany). She is an expert on organic waste recycling, use of insects for food and feed and bioeconomy and has held various roles both in the industry and academia.

I want sustainable and alternative proteins to be major constituents of our future food and feed products. I want this, because we need to meet the increasing demand of protein required by the 10 billion people expected to live by the year 2050. I can do this, because I have been rearing insects on side waste streams to produce cost effective and sustainable alternative proteins.

Sudeshna Das

Indian Institute Of Technology Kharagpur

Sudeshna Das earned her PhD from the Centre of Excellence in Artificial Intelligence, Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, India. Her doctoral research concentrated on AI-driven Gender Bias Identification in Textbooks. She is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Department of Biomedical Informatics, School of Medicine, Emory University, USA, where she is part of the Sarker Lab. Her research interests lie at the intersection of AI and Social Good, with a particular focus on gender equity in education and healthcare. Prior to her doctoral research, she studied computer science and engineering, leading to an MTech from the National Institute of Technology Durgapur, India, and a BTech from West Bengal University of Technology, India.

I want to build AI-based technologies for removing barriers in education and healthcare. I want this because we cannot afford to perpetuate socioeconomic inequities in the applications of AI-based technology. I can do this because I have extensive experience developing AI systems that address social biases and promote inclusivity.

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Simangele Shakwane

University of South Africa (UNISA)

Dr. Simangele Shakwane is a registered nurse, midwifery practitioner and health sciences educator. She obtained her BA in nursing sciences from UNISA in 2011, including her postgraduate qualifications (MA 2015 and PhD 2018). She is a senior lecturer in the Department of Health Studies at UNISA. She has developed a model for teaching intimate care to nursing students. She is currently doing a postdoctoral research project on implementing the mentioned model and collaborating with the National Research Foundation (NRF) for three years (2022-2024). She advocates for transformative knowledge of the touched body with emphasis on respect and integrity of the human body regardless of their diversity (gender, culture and religion).

I want intimate care and touch to be included in the nursing curriculum and taught to nursing students in Nursing Education Institutions using humanistic intimate care simulations to improve quality nursing care of the body.   I want this because the human body needs to be touched with respect and dignity, regardless of gender, cultural and religious beliefs. Also, I want to eliminate misinterpretation and sexual harassment during intimate care encounters between nurses and patients. I can do this because my expertise in nurse education, humanistic intimate care simulation, and collaboration with a multidisciplinary team strengthen cultural, religious and gender-informed care, negotiating for safe touched human bodies during intimate care by empowering nurse educators and nursing students.

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Palais Populaire
Unter den Linden 5
Berlin, 10117

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