Family and Career Life for Geospatial Folks

Family and Career Life for Geospatial Folks

Webinar Speaker: Nancy Oduor

Ph.D. researcher at Leibniz Centre for Tropical Marine Research (ZMT), Germany

About the Webinar

The women studying or working in geoscience fields, and especially mothers from Africa, experience a lot of challenges in their career path. The women have family responsibilities like parenting and household chores that are culturally attached to them while the practice in geosciences is time-demanding in terms of intense, field and laboratory work and travels. Integrating the two diverse roles (parenting and a geoscientist) therefore appears difficult with many women from Africa shying away from geosciences. In the webinar, our speaker will lead us through an interactive discussion on Understanding the family concept and the role of women in the African context; the geosciences field, what fits me? And Integrating family and a career in geosciences. The speaker will share her inspiring journey in the geoscience field and lead the discussion based on her personal experiences.

About the Speaker

Nancy is a mother of three (2 boys (17 and 12 years old and a girl 4 years old), and a final year Ph.D. researcher in Marine Biogeochemistry and Geology at Leibniz Centre for Tropical Marine Research (ZMT), Germany. She holds a joint MSc. in Water and Coastal management from Cadiz University Spain, Bologna University, Italy, and University of Algarve, Portugal, and a BSc. In Environmental Science from Kenyatta University, Kenya. Nancy is also the Co-Founder and Director at ERACOMA-Kenya, worked as an Associate Research Scientist at Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Institute-KMFR, and is a Tutorial Fellow at the Technical University of Mombasa and Pwani University, Kenya. Nancy is also an environmental educator and mentor. My greatest hobbies are service to nature and humanity (environmental conservation activities and community work) and cycling.