The Working Group “Women in Science” aims to have the voice of women scientists widely heard to reach policy and decision makers with the target of a better future for female scientists. Moreover the group aims to raise broad awareness to the not fully exploited potential of the female intellectualism.
“Women in Science” believes in a global contribution by creating a platform where challenges and possible solutions are tackled in order to build capacity of its group members as well as of other women who would consider the Working Group as providing a role model for career success.
Watch the group’s video for the 2020 GYA e-Annual General Meeting here
Upasana Ray (Group Co-Lead)
Justine Germo Nzweundji (Group Co-Lead)
Partners & external contributors
Aleksandar Simovic (Research Assistant); Beatriz Recanelli (Research Assistant)
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The GYA working group on Women in Science would like to draw your attention to the Women in STEM resource guide from Maryville University (US). This in-depth resource guide was created for girls, young women, teachers and educators who are looking to share information that encourages women to study STEM and pursue careers in the STEM field.
For a list of group co-leads since the group was established in 2012, see here.
For GYA members and alumni only: connect to the group, collaborate and discuss with other members on the GYA-internal Agora platform here.
The Women in Science Working Group has started developing an online mentorship programme for young female scientists lead by Ghada Bassioni (Egypt) and Tatiana Martins (Brazil). The mentorship programme will provide young women scientists all over the world with the opportunity to be mentored by GYA members and experienced scholars with the mission to direct, stimulate and coordinate young women scientists in achieving professional and personal success and fulfillment. It will moreover enhance continued education for both female and male participants and contribute to the improvement of the global image of successful women scientists as role models. The group has also developed print materials, including a flyer as well as a calendar with catchy quotes from working group members on Women in Science, to advertise for the mentorship programme.
The group is about to publish a new book discussing challenges that women in science face throughout their career. Stay tuned! Therefore the group has finalized an Illustration competition for their new book. The group received multiple submissions from all parts of the world and selected the top ones that fit the theme of the book. The winners will be announced soon. Moreover, the first report of the Women in Science survey on workplace challenges will be published soon.
“Women in Science” is also preparing to organise online workshop/talk series on work/life balance
On World Kindness Day on 13 November 2022, group members pledged to observe the global movement supporting kindness and compassion in their daily lives, especially at work, and to be leaders who inspire positive change. The COVID-19 pandemic has evoked timely reflections on what it means to exercise kindness while the world adapts to the ‘new normal’. It may be audacious to be kind during difficult times, but every attempt counts – and all are invited to join the GYA Women in Science working group in showing kindness to the people around us every day.
In September, GYA members Éva Dékány and Stefania Mondello participated in an online workshop organised by GENDERACTIONplus (an EU Horizon Europe project with 26 partner organizations across Europe working to advance gender equality in the European Research Area). The workshop on “Consultation on tackling gender-based violence in academia” brought together early-career researchers representing various European National Young Academies, the GYA and other stakeholders such as associations of doctoral students in order to share their views and needs relating to this topic. The discussions at the workshop will inform the development of a Call for Action on tackling gender-based violence in higher education and research, which will then be presented to policymakers and high-level stakeholders within the research community at a conference on „Ending gender-based violence in academia” in November 2022.
In February and March, the group published several stories on social media platforms to contribute to #ThisLittleGirlIsMe campaign in support of the International Women’s day (IWD) 2022. You can read the corresponding blog entries here.
The World Forum for Women in Science – Brazil 2020 (4th International Conference for Women in Science without Borders) took place 10-14 February 2020 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. It was organised by the Brazilian Academy of Sciences. WiS co-lead Shalini Arya (India) represented the GYA. See her brief report here.
The 3rd International Women in Science without Borders Conference took place 12-14 March 2019 in Egypt. After successful conferences in Egypt (2017) and South Africa (2018), the third conference focused on ‘Science Diplomacy for Sustainable Development’. It was preceded by a training programme on ‘Science diplomacy and science advice’ on 10-11 March 2019. See here for a brief report.
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