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Tonya Blowers

Coordinator of the Organization for Women in Science for the Developing World (OWSD)
She has a PhD in Women and Gender Studies from the University of Warwick (UK) specialising in literary autobiographies and how the stories we tell about ourselves are determined by culture and context. After lecturing in Literature at Oxford Brookes University, Tonya spent ten years as an entrepreneur, running creative writing day and residential courses for her successful London business 'Wordplay'.  After moving to Italy, Tonya re-established 'Wordplay', offering English writing and communication support to the broad scientific community in Trieste. She was then temployed by the International School of Advanced Studies (SISSA) to develop and offer science communication courses for PhD students in neuroscience, biology, physics and mathematics. Two years later, Tonya was hired as Staff Writer at TWAS (The World Academy of Sciences), and was responsible for overseeing the Public Information Office activities, editing the TWAS newsletter and writing articles on science in developing countries. In 2013, Tonya was selected by TWAS to manage OWSD programmes and over the last 4 years, under her guidance and vision, the Organization has more than doubled in size and funding.