Barbara Curtis and Shirley Bethune, both Senior Lecturers in the Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources Sciences, and Professor Nnenesi Kgabi from the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, attended the workshop in Windhoek.
The initiative was sponsored by the United States Department of State as part of the Partnership Opportunities for Women Water Engineers and Researchers (POWWER) Programme. The workshop was organised by COACH, a US-based organisation working to increase the success of women scientists in research areas of global need. The participants, who hailed from Sudan, Kenya, Uganda, Zambia, Botswana, South Africa and Namibia, were carefully selected based on their scientific expertise and interest in collaborative research projects.
The workshop served as a platform for the African academics and researchers to interact, network and share research ideas with one another as well as with American scientists from Oklahoma State University, Georgia Institute of Technology, University of Oregon and Colorado State University.
“The workshop was an excellent experience and there is a lot of potential for us as researchers and our institutions in terms of opportunities for collaboration,” Bethune said.