International day for women, girls in science

2019-02-20 06:01
photo:suppliedPupils from Hermannsburg School.

photo:suppliedPupils from Hermannsburg School.

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THE Corteva Agriscience™, Agriculture Division of DowDuPont, hosted a delegation of young women in Grades 11 and 12 from Wembley College and Hermannsburg School at their research station in Greytown on Monday, February 11, to commemorate International Day for Women and Girls in Science.

This day recognises and celebrates the achievements of women involved in the sciences, while encouraging younger generations of girls to face new scientific challenges.

Women leaders from the Corteva and Pannar organisations shared their insights about their careers in agriculture, including Christin Hunter (Pannar SEED marketing communications manager), Nomcebo Ngobeni (senior research associate), Eve Dunlop (research scientist) and Marlize Havenga (research associate).

Toinette van Rooyen said: “We grabbed the opportunity to showcase our ladies in science and to reach out to local schools in the Greytown community. We need more scientists in the world and what better place to start recruiting them than at school?

“We decided that this day would be a great start to our community projects for 2019. We would like to show our communities that Corteva is part of the community and willing to invest time and effort in the local people.

“ This event was also a great opportunity to demonstrate the career opportunities in science and to explain to the pupils what we stand for as a company. We encouraged them to go through life with an open mind, to be flexible and to ask questions.”

— Supplied.

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