Dr. Lori Passmore welcomed everyone to Clare Hall College. She introduced AcademiaNet members to the values and goals of Clare Hall College which was founded 1966 on the initiative of Clare College. The Clare Hall community includes teaching officers whose principal focus was research; visiting academics who would stay in Cambridge for between six months and a year; and graduate students. Lori pointed out the numerous opportunities as the annual Tanner Lectures on Human Values, the Ashby Lectures, excursions, talks, and seminars Clare Hall College offers for intellectual exchange.
Thanks to the initiative of Dr. Sohini Kar-Narayan, who was chaperoning the dinner and introducing the participants to a dynamic networking concept, AcademiaNet members used the event to maximise their network and to exchange experiences in several fields of sciences. The members enjoyed the evening, the warm and welcoming atmosphere of Clare Hall College as well as the opportunity to meet and have open conversations with fellow women academics facing similar challenges in their careers.
For six years already, women scientists worldwide are nominated to AcademiaNet by national or international research organizations. AcademiaNet was created by the Robert Bosch Stiftung (Robert Bosch Foundation) in order to raise the visibility of outstanding female scientists and to increase their number in leadership positions. With their first meeting in September 2015 at Clare Hall College, UK AcademiaNet members transformed their network from the virtual into the real sphere. This and the following meetings, another one in London organised by Prof. Humeira Iqtidar, provided a growing number of participants with a great platform of interdisciplinary academic exchange.