Event Information

Start Date:2018/03/22
End Date:2018/03/24
Location:Kigali, Rwanda

Fostering diverse and inclusive leadership in academia


The Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR), in partnership with the African Academy of Sciences (AAS), African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) and the Global Young Academy (GYA), are co-organizing a workshop to foster diverse and inclusive leadership in academia.

This interactive skills-based leadership workshop brings together exceptional women leaders with early-career researchers from across disciplines and across the globe to develop the next generation of academic leaders.

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Despite decades of progress, women working in science and technology continue to face overt or unconscious bias, outdated assumptions, and exclusion from informal networks. Women in these fields make less, are promoted less frequently, win fewer grants and are more likely to leave research than similarly qualified men (“Specials: Women in Science” Nature 495, 7 March 2013).

Through this workshop, researchers from across the globe will participate in a series of interactive discussions and hands-on activities. Participants will gain practical tools, new connections and coaching to increase their personal leadership capacity and ability to mentor others. Attendees will expand their global network through participation in global cafes – intimate discussion groups with women leaders from around the world and across sectors – sharing personal stories, experiences and lessons learned in a relaxed environment.

This workshop aims to empower early career researchers by asking them to challenge societal, cultural, institutional and individual barriers to diversity, equity and inclusion. For more information on the leadership workshop held in 2016, please click here)


African Academy of Science




Photo of KEYNOTE: Agnes Binagwaho

KEYNOTE: Agnes Binagwaho Vice Chancellor, University of Global Health Equity
Photo of Habiba Chakir

Habiba Chakir Senior Biologist/Evaluator, Ministry of Health of Canada
Photo of Rose Leke

Rose Leke Chair of the Board of Directors, National Medical Research Institute, Cameroon
Photo of Antonia Maioni

Antonia Maioni McGill University, Dean of Arts
Photo of Geraldine Richmond

Geraldine Richmond Presidential Chair in Science and Professor of Chemistry, University of Oregon
Photo of Ingrid Richter

Ingrid Richter Executive in Residence, Telfer School of Management
Photo of Jennifer Thomson

Jennifer Thomson University of Cape Town, Molecular & Cell Biology
Photo of Éliane Ubalijoro

Éliane Ubalijoro McGill University, Institute for the Study of International Development

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