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Ask Women – on Environment, Desertification, and Drought
Change the narrative with the women experts from the European databases of the ENWE network.
We are thrilled to present to you the inaugural issue of Ask Women, the monthly newsletter brought to you by the European Network for Women Excellence (ENWE), in collaboration with the women experts’ databases in our network, which include 100esperte, AcademiaNet, Agenda d’Expertes, and Les Expertes.
This Edition’s Theme:
World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought
This June issue is connected to the upcoming World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought, which falls on June 17.
About the theme
Droughts pose a significant threat to sustainable development, impacting both developing and developed countries. Forecasts predict that by 2050, over three-quarters of the global population will be affected by droughts. Women, who play a crucial role in land health, often lack control over it due to barriers in securing land rights and discriminatory practices. They are disproportionately affected by land degradation and water scarcity. This year’s International Day Against Desertification and Drought's theme, "Her land. Her rights," highlights the importance of investing in women's access to land and assets for a better future for all. Women and girls should lead global efforts in land restoration and drought resilience.
Meet the experts
In line with this global event, we have handpicked a group of distinguished scientists, historians, economists and more academics and researchers, who are readily available for interviews, panel discussions, events, and other opportunities.
You can find their profiles and contacts below.
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Professor of Economics of Climate Change at Bocconi University. Circular Economy and Environmental Economy expert focused on mitigating climate change through sustainable solutions.
International politics expert focused on European migration policies and how climate change and its consequences impact forced human mobility. Published researcher and award recipient.
Sustainable development and international politics expert. Former Director of the Rome Office, European Council on Foreign Relations. Worked with UN, Italian Ministry for the Environment, and European Commission. Led negotiations on desertification as Technical Head of Delegation during 2001-2005.
Professor of Climate physics at the University of Turin. Her expertise is in high-altitude climate change and impacts on water resources. Author of peer-review papers and co-coordinator of international initiatives on mountain environments.
MARIA ALESSANDRA RAGUSA
Professor of Mathematical Analysis at the University of Catania focusing on climate change impact and mathematical methods for sustainable solutions. The results of her research applied to the protection of the environment have been exhibited in international conferences in all 5 continents.
Professor of Geography at the University of Bonn with a focus on Ecohydrology and Water Resources Management. Among her research interests are eco-hydrology and flood/drought risk management.
Expert in plant metabolism particularly redox regulation and signalling. She investigates plant responses to abiotic (drought, chilling, high light) and biotic (aphids) stresses.
Professor of Biophysics at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences in Vienna. She investigates biological materials and their adaptation due to environmental changes such as drought stress.
Professor of Forest Botany and Tree Physiology at the University of Göttingen. She investigates molecular and physiological responses of trees to stress and changing environmental conditions such as droughts.
CELIA MODESTA RODRÍGUEZ DOMÍNGUEZ
Postdoctoral Researcher at the Institute of Natural Resources and Agrobiology of Seville. Her research interests include soil-plant-water system protection, plant-water relations and plant response to drought.
CNRS research director at LISA (Laboratoire Interuniversitaire des Systèmes Atmosphériques), specializing in the study of desert aerosols' emission, transport, and deposition resulting from wind erosion of soils in arid and semi-arid regions
AUDE NUSCIA TAÏBI
MCF HDR in geography at the University of Angers (ESO), focusing on natural risk factors (hazard and vulnerability) and conflicts over resource use (water, landscapes, or vegetation) in colonial towns of North and West Africa and the Indian Ocean region.
ENWE is committed to fostering dialogue, promoting diversity, and amplifying the voices of women experts across Europe. With Ask Women, we aim to showcase the incredible achievements and insights of these talented professionals, helping to bridge the gender gap in the media and beyond.
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