10-12 April 2017. Mekelle. First International Conference on Women in Science, Innovation and Development. This 3-day conference celebrated the capacities and achievements of Ethiopian women in Ethiopia and abroad, ranging from women innovators in agriculture to leading women politicians. Among the participants was a high number of female students and staff from Mekelle and numerous other universities in Ethiopia and Sudan, who are now newly or more strongly linked for future collaboration in promoting gender equality in science, innovation and development.
Two members of the Prolinnova International Support Team were invited to join the conference - Chesha Wettasinha, who is currently coordinating a study of gender issues in local innovation and farmer-led participatory innovation development within the Prolinnova network, and myself, who gave a presentation on "Women in transdisciplinary research: interacting with citizen's science and innovation".