SERVIR-Amazonia and partners cordially invite you to attend a virtual webinar to discover the leadership vision of women in environment & geospatial fields.

Leaders and aspiring leaders will learn from women playing prominent roles in three of the region’s foremost organizations in environmental science and geospatial technology. Words of introduction from an internationally renowned scientist and diplomat will spark and stimulate a conversation among the panel.

There persists a gap in women’s employment and advancement in sectors utilizing geospatial technologies as tools for addressing pressing concerns like climate adaptation, ecosystem change, drought, fire, food security, and other environmental threats around the world.

To address this gap, the SERVIR Global partnership presents this unique initiative to engage early-career women to improve access, increase agency, and pursue pathways for economic opportunity in regions where SERVIR works.

DATE: Wednesday, June 23

TIME: 9:30 am – 11:00 am (Bogota time)

Register for the event here

The session will open with words from Dr. Frances Colón, who is Senior Director for International Climate Policy at Center for American Progress where she leads a program to drive international ambition and action to meet global mitigation goals. Colón is the former Deputy Science and Technology Adviser to the Secretary of State where she promoted integration of science and technology into foreign policy dialogues, global advancement of women in science, and climate policy for President Obama’s Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas.  Dr. Colón earned her Ph.D. in Neuroscience in 2004 from Brandeis University and her B.S. in Biology in 1997 from the University of Puerto Rico.  Colón was a  City of Miami Climate Resilience Committee member and a 2020 Yale-OpEd Project Public Voices on the Climate Crisis Fellow.  She is a member of the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine Roundtable on Science and Technology for Sustainability, and she co-chairs the Academies’ Global Science Diplomacy Roundtable.  Dr. Colón will moderate a conversation with the panelists.

Panelists include Carmen Josse. Carmen holds a PhD in Biological Sciences with a specialty in vegetation and biogeography. Her experience lies in producing and managing information on biodiversity to support its planning processes, management and conservation policies. Carmen handles methods and products for classification, mapping and evaluation of ecosystems at the national level and throughout Latin America. She has experience with georeferenced tools for evaluating the adaptation of ecosystems to climate change, quantitative analysis of threats and monitoring of conservation objectives.

We also welcome Dr. Marcela Quintero, a leader within the Alliance of Bioversity International and CIAT. She is the Research Director of the Multifunctional Landscapes Research Area.  Dr. Quintero is Ecologist and holds a Ph.D. from the Department of Agronomy at the University of Florida. With 20-years of  experience, her core work has focused on research project implementation in thematic areas related to environmental incentives, watershed management, environmental impacts in agricultural landscapes, and adoption determinants of sustainable land use-based options. Recently she has worked on environmental impacts and adoption determinants of conservation measures, including mixed crop-livestock systems and conservation measures. She has worked as well with organizations building sustainable development like GIZ, CONDESAN and Forest Trends.

Finally, Joice Ferreira joins the panel. She is an ecologist, researcher at Embrapa Amazônia Oriental, and the co-founder and researcher of the Sustainable Amazon Network (RAS). Joice has been carrying out socio-ecological research in the Amazon for about 20 years, covering the search for solutions to reconcile environmental conservation, agriculture and forests. Postgraduate professor at the Federal University of Pará, member of the board of the Brazilian Society for Ecological Restoration (SOBRE) and of the coordination of the Alliance for Restoration in the Amazon. She is also a scientist at the Coalition Science & Society.

The webinar audience will have the opportunity to interact with the speakers in a Q&A period following the dialogue.

The event will be held in Spanish. Upon request, we may provide simultaneous interpretation into English or Portuguese. Please indicate this request when you register.

This webinar is part of a series of activities under the program, Advancing Women’s Prosperity in the Workplace through Technical and Soft Skills in Environmental Science and Geospatial Technologies. Read more

Forthcoming webinars in this series:

  • July: Perspectives from Indigenous Women
  • August: Networking and Mentoring Approaches

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About the organizers

These activities are implemented through a partnership between SERVIR Global and SERVIR-Amazonia led by the Alliance of Bioversity International and the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT), and supported by researchers from Arizona State University. SERVIR is a joint development initiative of National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and United States Agency for International Development (USAID). These activities are funded through grant USRA#80MSFC17M0022: 03605-06.