To be in your element means allowing your talents and passions to lead you to where you are most content, purposeful and joyful. BWIS aims to create opportunities for young female scientists to identify their passions, develop their skills and love what they do, ensuring that we are all truly within our element.
Mantombi Ngoloyi, a co-founder and member of Black Women in Science obtained her Bachelor of Science Honours and Master of Science degrees in Environmental Science at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa. She is presently pursuing a doctoral degree at the Université Toulouse III Paul Sabatier in France under the supervision of Professor José Braga with the financial support of the AESOP+ Erasmus Mundus Programme (European Commission). Her research focus is on the reconstruction of fossil hominid site Kromdraai in UNESCO World Heritage Site the Cradle of Humankind, using 3D digitization techniques and Geographic Information Systems.
With her passion for outreach and development and as an advocate for women’s rights and gender equality, Mantombi would like to use her platform as an emerging researcher to promote self-empowerment amongst women in South Africa, particularly fostering the emancipation of black women through education.