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Danish space scientist received the 2021 Amelia Earhart Fellowship

Astrophysicist Christina Toldbo from The Technical University of Denmark (DTU) has been awarded the 2021 Amelia Earhart Fellowship for young female researchers in aerospace related engineering.

During the past more than 30 years this Fellowship has only once before been awarded to a young Danish scientist – the last time was in 2014 when Lonnie Grove Petersen from the Danish Institute for Space Medicine received it.

Christina has a MSc from the Niels Bohr Institute in Copenhagen and is now a PhD-student at DTU Space.

Her PhD-project is about the methods, techniques and instruments that will enable mankind to take the next steps into space, and her research is expected to contribute significantly to the development of both manned and unmanned space travel to the Moon an to the planet Mars.

Christina is also a very popular lecturer for both children and grown-ups and has been working actively with dissemination of physics and space science before starting her PhD-study.

She has received a Gold Medal at the international iGEM competition in biology in 2015, where she together with other students worked with genetically modifying moss so that it might grow on the planet Mars. In 2019 she was awarded the Danish ”Women in Physics Prize” for being a role model for women studying physics.

Christina looks forward to using her Fellowship of 10.000 USD for studying abroad and says: ”I am both happy and proud to have been honoured with a Fellowship named after flight-pioneer Amelia Earhart. I hope that one day I myself may travel into space and also in this way contribute to new space research.”


Letter from Governor Jane Bordal

Dear Zonta friends

I hope you are all doing well in the very challenging times with the Covid-19 situation.

From the various areas we have learned that there has been various level of activities.  Some clubs have been very good on implementing digital platforms and kept the club spirit going on digital meeting, whilst others have used the small room of physical meetings that had been there whilst other again have been more inactive in a good understand with the club members.

Hopefully, the situation will improve soon so that we can again meet and enjoy being together working for the Zonta mission in a more constructive way.

In September we have called for our traditional district conference as you already have seen on our Zonta district 13 website.

Together with our very dedicated Zonta members in Egersund, Norway, we had planned for a conference in Egersund with a program containing of speeches, business sessions and a social program.

After several meetings where we followed the Covid-19 situation and did risk assessment to whether we could commit ourselves to a physical meeting we came to the conclusion that we would not be able to hold a physical meeting and have, after also discussing this with the district board, decided that we will have digital meeting.

The district meeting will take place on Teams September 11th from 12 am till 3pm.

You will in time get your invitation to the meeting and I sincerely hope that as many as possible of you would be able to attend.

So, we will not be able to meet in September this year however next year is the Zonta convention in Hamburg and we are looking into ways of meeting up at the conference.

Best Regards

Jane Bordal
District 13


District Meeting – Saturday, September 11 2021  

Due to the ongoing pandemic Covid-19 situation The District Meeting will be a digital conference.
The district meeting will take place on Teams September 11th from 12 am till 3pm (Oslo time).


Women in Technology Scholarship 2020 

Tone Louise Rasmussen, who is studying in Digital Innovation & Management at the IT University of Copenhagen, has been awarded the Women in Technology Scholarship 2020 from Zonta District 13. Further Tone has been awarded the Women in Technology 2020 Scholarship from ZC Copenhagen III and Zonta Area 1, Denmark. 

In her application, Tone has set a clear goal for the use of the Zonta District 13 Women in Technology Scholarship 2020 by studying for a period in Iceland for increasing her competencies                                        within sustainability and leadership. 

Tone is very involved in her environment and is participating in volunteer work alongside her studies. Tone has already shown that she can make a difference both for herself and for others by being an active member of the RethinkIT community and thereby working voluntarily for sustainable solutions both at the university and the surrounding environment. 

Zonta District 13 offers in 2020 one scholarship equal to an amount of US$ 2,000 to a woman studying or working in Zonta District 13 areas: Denmark, Norway, Iceland and Lithuania. 


Past Governor Dorte Olesen elected International Director

Dorte Olesen

Among the new Zonta International Directors 2020-2022 we now find our D13 Governor 2018-2020.

From a slate of 12 well-qualified candidates, Dorte was one of the seven elected with the new electronic voting system that had to be put in place after the cancellation of Convention in Chicago. The new Board was installed online on July 17 together with a new Nominating Committee and the new Governors.



The online voting was preceded by a series of Zonta talks and all the written materials presented online, so that all Zontians had the opportunity to read or hear about the voting issues, and with the candidates for Zonta Offices having an opportunity to introduce themselves in a short video and via  written biographies.

Dorte is a mathematician and in daily life works at the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science of the Technical University of Denmark. She is also President of the Society for the Dissemination of Natural Sciences founded in 1824 by the Danish physicist Hans Christian Ørsted and this year very busy celebrating the bicentennial of the discovery of electromagnetism in 1820, being one of the driving forces behind a big exhibition about Hans Christian Ørsted in Rundetaarn. And she is a member of the Board of the Politiken Foundation which co-owns the Danish media house JP-Politiken together with the JP (Jyllandsposten) Foundation. Dorte has been a Zontian since 1992, as a member of ZC Copenhagen I, and prior to being District 13 Governor and Lt. Governor, she was very active in the Scholarship Committee and the PR Committee of Area 01. She has of course also held a number of offices in her own club, including being Club President.


Zonta’s History has been published

The author is Eva Nielsen, member of the Zonta Club of Copenhagen II.

We all know Eva Nielsen as our D13 Governor of the biennium 2014-2016. Before that Eva has served as Club President, Area Director and Lt. Governor.

 Eva has been a member of several committees at all levels of Zonta as well, and as a member of the Centennial Anniversary Committee (CAC)
has dedicated the last decade to write this Zonta History.

 It is with great pride that Zonta District 13 now sees her work published at the Zonta International 100 years Anniversary website:

 CLICK HERE – and you will find the entire history including the biography and acknowledgements of Eva Nielsen.


Globally oriented student receives the Jane M Klausman Women in Business Award 2019

Annika Peters who studies M.Sc. Business and Development at Copenhagen Business School (CBS) has been awarded the 2019 Jane M Klausman Women in Business Scholarship from Zonta International District 13 – as well as the JMK WIB scholarship from ZC Copenhagen I and Zonta Denmark. All told this means that Annika received more than 3000 USD to cover extra expenses for her final study year both in Copenhagen and Sydney.

Read more here


Past events


District Conference with big attendance.

The District Conference took place 12-15 September 2019 in Copenhagen.

285 participated at the Town Hall Square event and the ensuing reception, and more than 220 were attending at least one full conference day, most of them actually both days. The above photo by Rochelle Coote on our D13 Facebook page reached 19.000 people!