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Chilean president Michelle Bachelet attended the opening of the Chilean Center for Scientific Studies, located in Valdivia, Chile. At the ceremony, President Bachelet offered congratulations to the individuals responsible for making the center a reality. CECS focuses on three major research areas: biophysics and molecular physics, theoretical physics, and glaciology and climate change.

An initiative to train science lecturers and boost collaboration among researchers at African universities is likely to be renewed and expanded next year.

The final installment of a US$5 million grant for the period 2011–2013 for the Regional Initiative in Science and Education (RISE), launched in 2008, will be provided by the Carnegie Corporation of New York, United States, in March next year.

Recruitment of students has begun in various African universities under a new initiative known as the Regional Initiative in Science and Education (RISE). Fifty-one students have been admitted in universities in five networks. Of the recruited students, thirty-five will pursue their doctorate degree, fifteen will pursue their masters degrees while one will be a post-doctoral fellow. Press release here.

This study explores the barriers and opportunities facing women in the South working in the field of science and technology. It aims to identify the factors that prevent women from realizing their full potential in their chosen field as well as how women's ability to take advantage of the opportunities a science career can offer can be enhanced. Based on this analysis it puts forward a set of suggestions that can be taken up by policy makers and funders of science to strengthen women's participation in science and technology.