Project 1:  COACh Workshop for Women Scientists in the U.S. and Africa on “Partnership Opportunities for Women in Water Education and Research”  

May 10-12, 2015

Hilton Windhoek, Windhoek, Namibia

 Our Partnership for Women in Water Education and Research (POWWER) Workshop brought together women scientists from the U.S., Namibia and several other African countries that are working on water resource and ecology issues on the continent. Being one of the driest countries in Africa, Namibia is also one of the most advanced countries in the use and reuse of water. During the days together we described our research, shared stories, developed collaborations and planned for future activities. Was a fabulous event with many wonderful women I wish all our COACh members could meet! Stay in touch!

In the COACh tradition of these international scientific workshops, Ellen Wohl (Colorado State University) and I conducted a series of COACh Career Building Workshops for a large group of students, faculty and researchers from the Windhoek area after our POWWER workshop. We gave a record number of 5 COACh career workshops in one day to a very receptive and engaged audience. Thanks goes to the support of the National Commission on Research Science and Technology (NCRST) ( for sponsoring these workshops. And a shout out to all the fantastic participants!

Another huge thanks to the U.S. Department of State for sponsorship of these COACh activities in Namibia and Ms. Marlies van Velsen from the U.S. Embassy in Windhoek for her invaluable assistance. For more details go to the COACh website page:

Attendees and Bios

US Africa COACh Forum


Funded by the U.S. State Department

Project 2:  NCRST COACh Career Building Workshop for Scientists in All Disciplines,

Nampower Convention Center, Windhoek, Namibia

May 13, 2015

Selling Your Science:  The Art of Effective Proposal Writing
Persuasive Communication and Negotiation Techniques
Effective Scientific Presentations
Publishing Research in Peer Reviewed Journals
Leadership and Networking Skills for Women Scientists
Career Launch
Successful Mentoring Methods

Project 3: Gobabeb Research and Training Center
May 8, 2015

Career Launch

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