International Center for Chemical and Biological Sciences (ICCBS), University of Karachi (UoK) on Wednesday celebrated the “International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) 2022 Global Women’s Breakfast (GWB2022)” at its campus.
The Global Breakfast is an event that happens each year in conjunction with the United Nations Day of Women and Girls in Science.
Women scholars at the international center celebrated the global event with the theme of “Empowering Diversity in Science”. Prof. Dr. M. Iqbal Choudhary, Director of the International Center for Chemical and Biological Sciences, and COMSTECH Coordinator General inaugurated the celebrations with his address. Emeritus Professor Marry Garson, University of Queensland, and Prof. Dr. Ute Romling, Department of Microbiology, Stockholm, Sweden also addressed (online) the global event.
In his inaugural speech, Prof. Iqbal Choudhary said, “The ICCBS strongly supports the idea of women empowerment.”
The ICCBS – University of Karachi has made all efforts to provide a secured and conducive environment to women scholars at the international center, he added.
In Pakistan, many universities, especially the University of Karachi, own a higher number of female enrollments than male students, he said, and observed that there was no significant difference between male and female students in terms of academic and research performances.
He said that women were being empowered in the country as 35 percent of legislators were female in Pakistani parliaments.
Professor Marry Garson told the participants that the event’s aim was to celebrate the accomplishments of Women in Science and to inspire younger generations to pursue STEM careers.
An essential goal of this event is also to establish an active network of both men and women to increase diversity in all aspects of science, she said, and asked the women scholars to keep themselves healthy and fit.
Prof. Dr. Ute Romling delivered a detailed talk entitled “Why I became a scientist, challenges, and rewards”.
The global event was ended with a question and answer session.