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National Observatory for women researchers launched

13-3-2019

Lebanon’s National Council for Scientific Research (CNRS) and the Lebanese National Commission for UNESCO launched on March 11 the National Observatory for Women in Research, also known as “Your role: females” to boost women participation in the research field. On the occasion, the director of the CNRS program for PhD scholarships and observatory coordinator, Dr. Tamara Zein, said the observatory aims to create a dynamic on female researchers in Lebanon to encourage their contribution to scientific research. This results in activating the general scientific research system and helping realize socio-economic development and the building of the knowledge-based society, Zein maintained. Through this, the observatory looks forward to strengthen investment in research, innovation and development, Zein explained, pointing out that it’s scientific impact and output will not only impact women, but will reflect on all components of society as well. According to its administrators, the observatory’s action plan is based along five main axes: 1) study conditions of female researchers and diagnose hitches impeding their robust contribution to scientific research output, 2) evaluate and streamline research output of Lebanese women through targeted conferences and seminars, 3) develop capacities of female researchers to stimulate a successful scientific process, 4) allocate funding programs for research projects and provision of grants to conduct research related to women, 5) encourage decision-makers in universities and research centers to adjust their systems to tune in with the empowerment of female researchers in order to alleviate the social and economic reality that negatively influences their performance.(Al Akhbar, March 23, 2019)

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