Posts Tagged ‘women in science’

Gender balanced conferences - we all need to try harder!

Gender balanced conferences – we all need to try harder!

By EcoEvo@TCD | Perspectives

Recently a conference on Phylogenetic Comparative Methods was advertised online, and quickly the Twitter community noted that all six of the plenary talks were being given by men. Normally my response to this kind of thing would be some grumpy tweeting and then I’d let it go. However, this time was different; I know one of the organisers, several of the plenary speakers are my collaborators and this is the field I’ve dedicated the last eight years of my career to. Therefore I didn’t think I could let this pass by unchallenged. I emailed the organisers to [&hellip

Are men really better than women?

Are men really better than women?

By EcoEvo@TCD | Perspectives

When you imagine a scientist, what do you imagine? The first image that I see, despite never having seen it in real life (thankfully!), is the traditional “mad scientist”. The white lab-coat, crazy hair, glasses or goggles, holding a flask or test tube containing some dangerous-looking substance. This scientist is, inevitably, male (and white, but that’s a subject for another day). The lack of women in science has become a cause for concern for many people. Discussions of how to fix the “leaky pipe”, where female students are lost at a disproportionately higher rate than their male [&hellip

Soapbox Science Ireland

Soapbox Science Ireland

By EcoEvo@TCD | News

  Are you interested in science? From nano-materials to Martian landscapes, microbiology to neuroscience, immunology to ecology, chemistry to evolution, Soapbox Science Ireland has something for you. On the 26th of April (this Saturday!), Soapbox Science will join efforts with Trinity College Dublin’s Equality Fund and WiSER to transform Trinity’s Front Square into a hub of scientific learning and discussion. Some of Ireland’s leading female scientists take to their soapboxes to showcase science to the general public. The aim is to dispel the myth that scientists conform to the “mad (male) scientist” stereotype and to promote the [&hellip

SoapBox Science Dublin!

SoapBox Science Dublin!

By EcoEvo@TCD | News

Are you a woman in science? Are you passionate about sharing your research with the public and increasing the profile of female scientists generally? Do you let out a sigh when these events are always arranged in London? Well sigh no more, this year SoapBox Science is expanding to other parts of the UK and excitingly, across the Irish Sea to Dublin, Ireland. We’re looking for speakers from across the island to join us on Saturday April 26th in Trinity College Dublin’s beautiful Front Square. We’re also looking for volunteers (of any gender) to help out with [&hellip

Bringing our perceptions closer to reality

Bringing our perceptions closer to reality

By EcoEvo@TCD | Perspectives

This blog post was originally written and published here on the SoapBox Science blog. The Soapbox Science event showcases UK women in science to inspire the next generation of scientists by making science fun and accessible. This year it will take place on Friday 5th July 12-3pm on the Southbank in London. If you’re in the area why not go and take a look? First a little thought experiment: without over thinking it, list ten top scientists in your field…now, honestly, what percentage of your list are women? I’ve been trying this experiment out on Twitter and [&hellip

Academic CVs: Dos, don'ts and maybes

Academic CVs: Dos, don’ts and maybes

By EcoEvo@TCD | Perspectives

At a recent session of NERD club, our weekly research group meeting for the Networks in Ecology/Evolution Research Dynamic, we discussed academic CVs. Four academic staff members (including myself) showed their CVs to the group and discussed what was in them. This was interesting because we all had such varied opinions! I thought I’d write a short blog post to highlight some of our main agreements and disagreements. General advice for PhD students You should have some form of academic CV in preparation even if you are in the early stages of your PhD. Why? (1) It’s [&hellip

A vision for the 21st century workplace

A vision for the 21st century workplace

By EcoEvo@TCD | Perspectives

I feel a bit of a fraud complaining about the discrimination of women in science because in my current job I’m one of four women in a discipline with only nine faculty members, our head of school is female and so is our head of discipline. I also don’t have any children so I haven’t had to deal with the problems that go along with that. However, I’m not blind; I can see there is a problem! I don’t want to re-hash the problems women in science face in this post; particularly as they’ve been so well [&hellip