Prof. Mirjana Pović
, African Astronomical Society (AfAS)
Prof. Mirjana Pović is a Serbian-Spanish astrophysicist working as an assistant professor at the Ethiopian Space Science and Technology Institute (ESSTI), an associate researcher at the Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía in Spain, and as an honorary lecturer at Mbarara University of Science and Technology in Uganda. She is a member of the Executive Committee of the African Astronomical Society (AfAS). She works on development in astronomy, science, and education in different parts of Africa, through different projects and initiatives related to research collaborations, education, institutional development, human capacity building, policy development, and women in science. She received several awards and recognitions for her scientific achievements and contribution to society for her work in Africa, including the 2018 inaugural Nature Research Award for Inspiring Science and the 2021 inaugural European Astronomical Society Jocelyn Bell Burnell Inspiration Medal. She believes that through education, science, and technology, we can combat poverty in the long term and make our world to be a better place for everyone in the future, regardless of where the children are born.