ITM Alumni webinar – Celebrating all the women in science
14/02 - 30/11/2024

Celebrating International Day of Women and Girls in Science, this ITM alumni webinar ‘Celebrating all the women in science: A journey in images’ puts in the spotlight the career path in research, science and academics of ITM MPH alumna and colleague Houssynatou Sy.

14 February 2024, 3 – 4 pm CET, online


In this interactive talk, Houssynatou Sy will share insights about diverse aspects and milestones of her trajectory as the many women contributing to science. She will discuss, through the use of images, the multidisciplinary and multi-faceted contributions of women in science, the challenges they face but also the opportunities they bring, applying an intersectional lens. During the session, she will also shed some light on her research on the access to primary health care of internally displaced people in Bamako, Mali.

Houssynatou Sy looks back on 18 years of experience in international cooperation for development including 12 years in health, focusing on fragile contexts in Sub-Saharan Africa. She is currently a researcher in the Department of Public Health of ITM.

The session will be moderated by Karina Kielmann, Professor and Head of the Unit of Equity and Health of ITM’s Department of Public Health.

Houssynatou Sy

Researcher, Unit of Complexity and Health, Department of Public Health, ITM, Antwerp

Having started her career as a Business Engineer at the Solvay Business School (ULB), Houssynatou reinforced her professional expertise in 2010 with a Master’s in Development Sciences at the Institute for Development Policy at the University of Antwerp. Furthermore, she gained experience in public health by managing programmes aimed at strengthening health systems actors in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Burkina Faso, and Benin.

In 2022, she obtained a MSc in Public Health at ITM, Antwerp. She is currently a researcher in ITM’s Department of Public Health. Her research focuses on the conditions for co-creation with the most vulnerable communities, such as internally displaced people in urban areas in regions affected by conflict and climate change.