1st Women In Malaria Conference

Women in Malaria Research

The WiM community joins more than 420 researchers from
34 countries from all continents. We started our journey in 2018.

About the

1st Women In Malaria Conference:

The goal of this conference is to highlight the outstanding contributions of female scientists in the field, provide equal opportunities of participation to WiM from the early stages of the scientific career, and guarantee the inclusiveness in the selection with a balanced participation of scientists from various countries. Specifically, each session will feature 2 keynotes, including both earlier career and a more established speaker.

As well as show casing outstanding science, another motivation is that instead of thinking about virtual conferences being a pandemic-motivated mitigation option, WiM wants to take the lead on what future conferences can look like, given recent discussions on the impact of travel for work-life balance, on researchers from low resource countries, and climate change. To facilitate these goals, the WiM conference will be accompanied with workshops on peer-mentoring, leadership and shaping the future of WiM.

Women In Malaria

Our mission / vision:

To increase visibility

To increase visibility by providing personal and academic profiles of women in the fields of parasitology and malaria research through our website (database of professionals) and on social media, so that they are role models for others. The database is also a resource of potential speakers, reviewers, panelists, experts, etc, so there is no excuse for the underrepresentation of women.

To empower women

To empower women through networking using our workspace and e-mail list, in which members share job offers, course announcements, and funding sources (fellowships and projects), as well as to share experiences, difficulties, and solutions about career progression, balancing family with work, and reintegrating after maternity leave.

To create awareness about underrepresentation

To create awareness about underrepresentation and gender bias at conferences, at workshops, and in the media, providing resources and materials that contribute to the creation of discrimination-free environments at laboratories and research centers.

To support women scientists

To support women scientists in developing countries, such as by sharing resources and making opportunities more accessible to them, as well as providing career mentorship and training.


1st Women In Malaria Conference

Dr Elena Gómez Díaz

Tenure scientist

Institute of Parasitology and Biomedicine
Spanish National Research Council

Professor Sarah Reece

Chair of Evolutionary Parasitology

Institutes of Evolution, Immunology and Infection Research, School of Biological Sciences, The University of Edinburgh


Some spotlights about our community.

Building Parasitology Communities to Promote Gender Equality

AUTHORS: Elizabeth D. English / B. Joanne Power / Elena Gómez-Díaz

Some spotlights about our community.

The Women In Malaria Research Initiative



1st Women In Malaria Conference