Category Archives: Opinion piece

What scientists really need to know on their mission of ‘outreach’

by Seirian Sumner (@Waspwoman), Soapbox Science co-founder . I’ve never really got the hype about Brian Cox…and after a trip to the National Assembly of Wales I now know why: I’m Welsh and I’m a woman! It turns out if … Continue reading

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Equality badges, Athena SWAN and what university departments are doing wrong

By Seirian Sumner (@Waspwoman), Senior Lecturer at University of Bristol and Soapbox Science co-founder   An Athena SWAN award is becoming the equality badge of honour for UK university departments and research institutions. It recognises and celebrates good employment practice for women … Continue reading

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On Being a Conference Quota

By A Woman in Science   I attended an excellent specialist conference today, at which I was also a speaker. All speakers were invited. There were 24 of us. My invitation was somewhat clumsy. The organisers had noticed their first … Continue reading

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Where are the women like me in science?

Dr Patricia Brekke is a research fellow at the Institute of Zoology, Zoological Society of London. Her research interests focus on the ecology, evolution and conservation of reintroduced species, particularly, the evolutionary and genetic consequences of reintroduction of wild bird populations. … Continue reading

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When is a Person Not a Person?

Prior to 1929 women were not eligible to sit in the House of Lords, to be elected to County Councils, to be judges or jurors or to work as solicitors. As Evershed MR said in one case, De Souza v … Continue reading

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Getting a research career established with small babies

Soapbox Science posts blogs about women in science. Often, women are uncomfortable with speaking out about the challenges and problems they face in their careers. Speaking out or asking questions about balancing work and family life may signify lack of … Continue reading

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Breaking the taboo: advice that could help retain women in science

Emma’s scientific career was on steep upward trajectory: her first postdoc position was abroad and resulted in a first author Nature paper, among other high profile publications. She then went on to her dream postdoc position in a prestigious university. … Continue reading

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The double M: Matthew, Matilda and starting a career as a woman in science

Bombarded with information on a daily basis, we, the everyday you and me, rarely absorb the reality and depth associated with the series of facts and figures we are confronted with. Over 400 ppm of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, … Continue reading

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Bringing our perceptions closer to reality

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 with various people I meet. The results … Continue reading

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What counts, and what should really count instead

So there I was, listening to my line manager’s words: “Sabrina, if you want to become a Professor, you need to start behaving like a Professor”, and thinking “so actually, at the end of the day, the only thing that … Continue reading

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