SETAC Africa Women’s Event (SAFWE)

Rising together for innovation and sustainable development in a data and technology-driven age

16:00–18:00 UTC | Tuesday, 10 October
Conveners: Beatrice Opeolu, Chioma Blaise Chikere, Gertie Arts, Laurel A. Royer, Lorraine Maltby and Sabine E Apitz

Women continue to face a number of unique challenges in their workplaces and careers. The SETAC Africa Women’s Events (SAFWE) sessions seek to foster the development of authentic leadership, as well as encourage measurable and achievable goal setting for participants. The SAFWE first convened in 2017 and again at subsequent SETAC Africa meetings in 2019 and 2021. It has provided opportunities that engaged, inspired and support over hundred women in science.

The sessions support attendees in their evolution as individuals and, with time, leaders, within the scientific community. With the theme “Rising together for innovation and sustainable development in a data and technology-driven age”, SAFWE is again ready to energize and uplift women at the 2023 SETAC Africa meeting. Women will be provided a safe space to share experiences and stories of challenges and wins, as well as to identify needs and opportunities. The meeting aims to empower women scientists as professionals. Experiences and strategies for maintaining the delicate “balance” between career and other roles and responsibilities will be shared. Participants will have the opportunity to engage with others, including SETAC global women leaders, and to brainstorm how SETAC, as a global society, can better serve its full membership.

Over 100 scientists from all over the world are expected to attend the SETAC Africa meeting in Ghana. The 4th SETAC Africa Women’s Event (SAFWE) is scheduled for Tuesday 10 October from 16:00 to 18:00 UTC. This is the first in-person event since the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak. We, therefore, envision a record number of attendees. Considering limited seats, SAFWE is usually quickly fully booked.

Interested participants are encouraged to book at first opportunity! Participants will be required to pay a nominal fee of €10 during registration on the SETAC payment portal.

We are excited for you to join us! See you soon in Ghana!

For more information about the event (support and/or participation), please contact Beatrice Opeolu at OR Alternatively, queries can be sent to