The motivation behind this initiative is to provide role models for female researchers. The current low representation of women in the higher ranks of academia is a great concern in the UK and in European science in general.
Studies have shown that although men and women are equally represented at the PhD-student level, women leave science in disproportionate higher numbers at the postdoc level and even more so at the group-leader level.
The reasons for the drop out are complex, ranging from imposed to self-imposed discrimination. These studies pointed out the importance of role models and mentoring schemes.
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