The “Equality in Leadership for Latin American STEM” (WELLAS) Workshop is an essential part of the project dedicated to building an open data platform focused on women’s leadership in STEM in Latin America. The event brings together participants from all involved institutions to discuss partial results and advancements in project activities. This team interaction is important for progressing to the next steps of the project, which, in turn, can shape new inclusions and initiatives for diversity and policies in the sector.

The workshop provides a space for collaboration and dialogue among professionals, researchers, students, and leaders interested in advancing women in STEM fields. Workshop activities include lectures by internationally recognized experts, working groups, and presentations of activities related to the project’s main objective.

Over three days, participants from Bolivia, Brazil, and Peru come together to share their activities, research, and ideas. Participants have the opportunity to discuss crucial issues such as gender bias in academia, women’s representation in STEM leadership positions, and the barriers that still hinder the full development of women’s careers in these areas.

At the end of the workshop, participants leave with a renewed commitment to continue working together to create a more equitable and inclusive environment for women aspiring to leadership positions in STEM.


From September 20th to 23rd, 2022, the first WELLAS was held at the Holiday Inn hotel in the city of Cuiabá. The occasion marked the first in-person meeting of project members, representing a milestone of collaboration and enthusiasm. This gathering marked the beginning of a transformative journey towards gender equity.


From September 4th to 6th, 2023, the University of Lima in Peru hosted the 2nd WELLAS. One of the main highlights of the 2nd WELLAS was the discussion on the results achieved by the project so far, involving representatives from partner institutions and the community. The event at the University of Lima marked a significant milestone in this ongoing journey towards gender equality in STEM in Latin America.


On April 9th to 11th, in the city of La Paz, Bolivia, the third WELLAS, with the collaboration of the project’s partner institutions. On the first day of the event, the team reconnected and learned more about Bolivia. An overview of the ELLAS project, the IDRC – Knowledge Transfer Mentoring project, was also presented and activities related to the platform continued, such as evaluating prototypes.

On the second day of the event, discussions and presentations were made on progress in data regarding initiatives, policies and factors related to women in STEM, as well as updates on ongoing research in the ELLAS Network. On the third day of the event, discussions were held on administrative matters of the ELLAS project, followed by a visit to the Universidad Católica Boliviana San Pablo (UCB) in the afternoon.

Finally, the 3rd WELLAS concluded with the panel “Female Leadership in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics”, which featured women leaders in different STEM areas, including Sabina Campero, Wara Méndez, Nádia Rodríguez and Indira Guzmán, where The speakers spoke about their professional trajectories, challenges and achievements.

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