Alliance of Women Scientists and scholars for a Better World

Knowledge for Fulfilment: Life Supporting Solutions for a Peaceful World

4-6 July 2013
at the campus of Maharishi European Research University Vlodrop, Holland with its beautiful gardens surrounded by the Meinweg National Forest 

Meinweg National Forest


Conference Speakers
4 July 2013
Education and Science
Expanding Universal Understanding and Understanding
Our Expanding Universe

Dr Carole Bloch, PhD
Dr Carole Bloch, PhD

Director, Project for the Study of Alternative Education in South Africa, University of Cape Town; Founder and Director of Nal'ibali National Reading-For-Enjoyment Initiative promoting literacy through reading clubs across South Africa. PhD on children’s literacy in African multilingual settings, Carl Ozietsky University, Oldenburg, Germany (magna cum laude), 2006; Editorial Board, Journal of Early Childhood Literacy; Advisor, two-year research project 'Interdisciplinary Perspectives on African Language Materials for Children', based at National Centre for Language and Literacy (NCLL), Reading University, UK; widely published in both academic and popular media.and popular media
Talk: ‘The Nal'ibali Reading for Enjoyment Campaign: towards creating appropriate learning conditions for all children’

Dr Yvonne Lagrosen, PhD
Dr Yvonne Lagrosen, PhD

Associate Professor in Quality Management at University West, Trollhättan, Sweden. PhD from Chalmers University, Sweden. Has collaborated with many others, including Dr Fred Travis of Maharishi University of Management, on brain studies; published author.
Talk: 'Performance and Brain Functioning — A Comparison between Swedish and American Students'

Dr Jane Schmidt-Wilk, PhD
Dr Jane Schmidt-Wilk, PhD

Dean of Teaching and Learning and Professor of Management, Maharishi University of Management, USA; Director of the Center for Management Research at Maharishi University of Management. Former editor of the Journal of Management Education. Her publications explore the role of development of consciousness in business and management education.
Talk: 'How Consciousness-Based Education Fulfils the Goals of Management Education'

r Amanda Weltman, PhD
Dr Amanda Weltman, PhD
Senior Lecturer at the Astrophysics, Cosmology and Gravity Centre, Department of Mathematics and Applied Mathematics, University of Cape Town, working on string theory and cosmology. PhD from Columbia University, USA; National Women in Science award (2009); elected into the South African Young Academy of Science (2012); recipient of the President's Award  from the National Research Foundation of South Africa (2012), widely published and frequently cited.
Talk: 'Shedding Light on Our Dark Universe'

5 July 2013
Examining Programmes to Improve the Health of the Individual and Society

Dr Rannie Boes, PhD
Dr Rannie Boes, PhD
Research Associate, Center for Brain, Consciousness and Cognition, Fairfield, Iowa, USA. PhD in Psychology, Maharishi University of Management—dissertation on the effects of Maharishi Ayur-Veda on new mothers.
Talk: 'Healthy, Happy Postpartum Rejuvenation through Maharishi Ayur-Veda'

Leslee Goldstein, PhD
Leslee Goldstein
PhD Candidate in Maharishi Vedic Science, Maharishi University of Management, researching the effects of the Transcendental Meditation Programme on Mothers, a cross-cultural study involving mothers in Uganda, Nepal, and USA. Executive Vice-President, Maharishi University of Enlightenment (2007–2009); Assistant to the Legal Counsel and Co-Director of International Projects, Maharishi University of Management (2010–2011).
Talk: 'Empowerment From Within in the Lives of Mothers: Research on the Transcendental Meditation Programme'

Dr Sarina Grosswald, EdD
Dr Sarina Grosswald, EdD

President, SJ Grosswald & Associates, Virginia, USA; Director, Washington, DC, Transcendental Meditation Center. Research in PTSD at Norwich Military Academy, and on ADHD in Chicago schools; Director of Research at Operation Warrior Wellness; Executive Director, Office of ADHD and Learning Differences, David Lynch Foundation.
Talk: ‘What Ails Us: The relationship between stress, ADHD, and PTSD’

Dr phil Karin Pirc
Dr phil Karin Pirc
Medical Director, Maharishi Ayurveda Health and Seminar Centre, Bad Ems, Germany. Licensed medical doctor; PhD in Psychology, Hamburg University, Germany; first European and first woman to be awarded the Indian Global Ajmal Kahan Award for 'Best Ayurvedic Physician 2006'; received the 'Lifetime award' during an international Ayurveda conference organised by Ayurveda Mission, 2013; author of several books on Maharishi Ayur-Veda.
Talk: 'Ensuring the Health and Happiness of the Future Generation through the Maharishi Ayur-Veda Family Health Series Mother and Baby Programme'

Dr Mary Ann Lumsden BSc, MD, FRCOG
Dr Mary Ann Lumsden BSc, MD, FRCOG

Professor of Gynaecology and Medical Education and Head of Reproductive and Maternal Medicine, University of Glasgow, Scotland. Her main clinical interests are menopause, menstrual disorders, and impact of obesity in women. Author of five books, including two specifically specializing in the menopause and one orientated towards patients, 34 book chapters in specialist books and major text books, over 120 full peer-reviewed papers, and 21 invited reviews.
Talk: 'Innovations in Women's Health in Developing Countries through Education'

Anjana Dubey, Jyotish Scholar
Anjana Dubey
Renowned Scholar of Jyotish (Vedic Astrology)
Talk: ‘The Pre and Post Birth Bond between Mother and Child— An Astrological Perspective’

6 July 2013
Growing Pure, Healthy Food to Nourish Ourselves, Our Community,
and Our Planet

Dr Elaine Ingham, PhD
Dr Elaine Ingham, PhD

Chief Scientist, Rodale Institute, Pennsylvania, USA. PhD in Microbiology from Colorado State University, 1981. Founder of Soil Foodweb Inc; widely published author and speaker on the benefits of sustainable soil science; affiliate professor, Southern Cross University, Australia, and Maharishi University of Management, Fairfield, Iowa.
Talk: 'Healthy Soil, Healthy Plants, Healthy People'

Dr Esther Ngumbi, PhD
Dr Esther Ngumbi, PhD

Post-doctoral researcher, Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology, Auburn University, USA; chemical ecologist; integrated biological pest management expert; Reviewer for African Journal of Food, Agriculture, Nutrition, and Development, Journal of Agricultural Science and Technology, Psyche: A Journal of Entomology, and Forest and Ecology Management Journal; founder of Women in Science and Engineering  (WISE) Partnerships in Kenya program, and Spring Break Kenya, a programme that is galvanizing young Kenyans into service; co-founder, Young Thinkers Kenya; AAUW International Fellow; Clinton Global University Commitment mentor.
Talk: 'Envisioning an End to Poverty and Hunger for Women in Africa'

Dr Katrien van't Hooft, PhD
Dr Katrien van't Hooft, PhD

Dutch veterinarian, social scientist, author, and an independent consultant in the field of sustainable livestock sustainable livestock development for poverty alleviation and food security. She has worked with various farmers' organizations and ministries of agriculture in Latin America, as well as numerous programs in Africa and Asia.
Talk: 'Repeating Mistakes or Joint Learning? Effective Ways to Support Smallholder Farmers Based on Lessons Learnt in Dairy Farming in the Netherlands and Southern India'

Pamela Warhurst, CBE
Pamela Warhurst, CBE

Founder and Chair of Incredible Edible Todmorden, UK, a voluntary gardening initiative. Community leader, activist, and environment worker. Former Chair, Forestry Commission of Great Britain; Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts & Manufacturing. In 2005 she was appointed as a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE), for services to the environment.
Talk: 'The Power of Small Actions'


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