Celebrating women in science

Cross-posted from Bioversity International

Join us in celebrating the International Day of Women and Girls in Science! On this occasion Bioversity International and CIAT feature some of our very own women scientists working to promote and safeguard agrobiodiversity, and improve food systems.

Bioversity International and the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) are proud and happy to promote full and equal access to and participation in science for women and girls. We at CGIAR are using the opportunity of the International Day of Women and Girls in Science to feature some of our women scientists, their thoughts and their work.

Read on to see what inspired them to pursue a career in science, and in working to promote agrobiodiversity and improve the sustainability of our food systems.

Science takes passion and if you want to know how things work in the world, I encourage you to pursue a career in science.

María Fernanda Álvarez

Molecular Breeder, CIAT

Opportunities for women in science are there, no need to put in double effort, we need to be great in what we do, appreciate that we are women and there will be no limit.

Beatrice Ekesa

Nutrition Scientist, Bioversity International

Female scientists can be role models for younger generations. Girls should learn at an early age that there have been women who have broken preconceptions and have contributed to scientific progress.

Lisset Pérez

Research Fellow, CIAT

Follow your passion, be open-minded and learn new things, explore, take initiative and challenge the status quo if you must!

Pricilla Marimo

Post-Doctoral Fellow, Gender, Bioversity International

For a long time women didn’t have the chance to work in research and scientific fields, yet they contributed so much.The female perspective is important and has to be considered. Diversity is resilience and strength. Not only in food systems, but in workplaces too.

Gaia Lochetti

Research Fellow, Bioversity International

The world is in your hands.There are no limits. Let science open your mind so that you can achieve whatever you want. Become one of the many women that have changed the world through science.

Ana María Loboguerrero

Head of Global Policy Research, CCAFS

Nature has always stimulated my curiosity and science has provided me with the tools to understand it. My job gives me every day the chance to demonstrate that women have a say in science.

Giulia Rota Nodari

Research Fellow, Bioversity International

Women are key drivers for change in sustainable agriculture, food security and rural development. Their participation either from a lab, office or field workspace, has an important role in shaping the future of the agriculture sector.

Camila González Campo

Research Assistant, CIAT

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