Women in science - resources and links

News, events and resources.

Article published in Nature Neuroscience written by  Ashley  Bourke, Teresa Spanò  and  Erin M. Schuman

Structural barriers women face in the field of  Neuroscience in Europe, the policies that have been implemented to overcome them and what steps need to be taken in the future.

Read the Nature Neuroscience article here

Equity, diversity and inclusion

Inequalities and biases affect all aspects of the research system – from how funding is allocated to the peer-review process. This collection of articles highlights how systemic racism, gender bias and other forms of inequality have a negative impact on the research enterprise.

Read about the work eLife is doing to tackle inequalities in research and publishing

Memoir of Mary Pickford FRS commissioned by The Royal Society.  By John F. B. Morrison and John A. Russell

John F. B. Morrison and John A. Russell have recently completely a Biographical Memoir of Mary Pickford FRS.  This documents Mary Pickford's life and research career.  They have done a terrific job on what must have been a huge task given that Mary Pickford died in 2002 and retired from research in 1972.  It is well worth reading.  The Royal Society has agreed to make the PDF freely available and it can be accessed here:

Suffrage Science Award

Congratulations to Prof Catherina Becker, Director of the Centre for Neuroregeneration, who has been awarded one of the Suffrage Science Awards supported by the MRC.

The Suffrage Science scheme recognises ten female scientists and a science communicator, chosen for their scientific achievements and ability to inspire others.  Women make up less than one-eighth of science academy membership globally and this award, set up five years ago by the MRC Clinical Sciences Centre at Imperial College London, celebrates women already in science and encourages others to enter scientific subjects, and to stay. 

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Relevant publications

Portraits Of Women In Science

Breakthrough is a short film anthology from Science Friday and Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) that follows women working at the forefront of their fields. Each episode blends deeply personal stories with innovative scientific research of women across STEM fields.


About Ben Barres

Professor of Neurobiology, and Chair of the Department of Neurobiology Stanford University School of Medicine

'I was born a woman. Thirteen years ago, at the age of 40, I decided to change my sex.'


Career management and training

Institute for Academic Development - IAD

IAD    The IAD offers a wide range of courses, advice and support for PhD students, post-docs and PIs. All free and very useful, so don’t hesitate to go!

Dual career programs (examples of such programs in Germany and US): Munich Dual Career Office and Dual-Career Assistance


Athena SWAN

Athena SWAN - Recognising advancement of gender equality: representation, progression and success for all.


Facebook page Women in Research

Project Implicit See how you get on in the Harvard Implicit Bias test about gender!

Female Conference Speaker Bingo

Inspiring the Future - Redraw the Balance video how children define career opportunities as male and female