Mirjana Pović (1981, Serbia) is 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 a honorary lecturer at Mbarara University of Science and Technology in Uganda. She obtained her PhD in astrophysics in 2010 from the Institito de Astrofísica de Canarias (Spain). Her main research interests are galaxy formation and evolution, in particular nuclear activity in galaxies, star formation, morphological classification of galaxies, and galaxy clusters. In addition, over more than 10 years, she worked on development in astronomy, science and education in different parts of Africa, and in particular in Ethiopia, Rwanda, Uganda, Tanzania, South Africa, Kenya, Ghana, and Zambia, through different projects and initiatives related with research collaborations, institutional development, students supervisions, trainings, lecturing, regulation development, women in science, and outreach. In 2018 she received the inaugural Nature Research Award for Inspiring Science dedicated to young women for their scientific achievements and contributions to the society. In May 2019 she was invited by the Science Fund of the Republic of Serbia to be one of the 16 selected Science Ambassadors. In June 2019 she received a recognition from the ESSTI for her contribution and work, and in March 2020 a recognition from the Ethiopian Space Science Society for her involvement in education and outreach. She believes that through education, science, and technology we can fight poverty in the long-term and make in future our world to be a better place for everyone, regardless of where the children are born.

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