Women in Science

Let us celebrate women in science: Highlights from the web

10 years AcademiaNet

23.11.2020 | Women are still underrepresented in academia. We at AcademiaNet work every day to make the brilliant women in science more visible. That is why we have put together ten exciting articles and online projects on gender equality in science and the promotion of women researchers.

Since the foundation of AcademiaNet, many other inspiring online projects, podcasts and articles promoting women in science have emerged. The following list is by far not representative for what is out there but it is a good starting point if you wish to dive in deeper into these topics.

Marthe Vogt podcast: Inspiring women in science

Marthe Vogt was one of the leading neuroscientists of the twentieth century. In this interview series dedicated to her, female doctoral students, postdocs, and junior researchers of Forschungsverbund Berlin share stories about their journey to science, including their motivations and hardest challenges.

Women in science from the ancient world to the 21st century

Travel through the ages with Britannica and read about women researchers who overcame obstacles reaching from exclusion from the universities to not being honoured with the Nobel Prize when in fact contributing to the success of male collegues.

eBook: 50 fearless pioneers who changed the world

Author and illustrator Rachel Ignotofsky celebrates the contribution of 50 STEM women researchers from ancient to modern times in this beautifully illustrated book.

100 years of Oxford’s amazing women

One of the oldest and most prestigious European universites, Oxford University, celebrated its 100th birthday this year. Part of the celebrations is an article series about outstanding women who have studied in Oxford and what they have achieved so far.

Working female scientists between the wars

This nature article is about women who cracked science’s glass ceiling in Great Britain between the first and second world war.

Female pioneers of science

In this series contemporary women scientists by the Max Planck Society are interviewed on female trailblazers in history who faced often dispiriting social obstacles and succeeded anyway.

Gender Equality in Academia and Research: GEAR tool

This online tool is provided by the European Institute for Gender Equality. It is targeted at all staff working in research and higher education, and institutions and includes a step-by-step guide to plan, implement, monitor, and evaluate gender equality plans.

Women in science: Explore the data

The UNESCO does a lot to promote women in science with various programmes. On their website, you can find an interactive tool to “explore and visualize gender gaps in the pipeline leading to a research career, from the decision to get a doctorate degree to the fields of science that women pursue and the sectors in which they work.”

Social enterprise STEMettes

STEMettes was founded in 2013. The aim of the organisation is to show that women and girls do science, technology, engineering and maths, too. AcademiaNet talked to the founder Dr. Anne-Marie Imafidon a few months ago.


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  1. Verena Rieser: ‘A lot of voice assistants with female personas are deliberately submissive’

    How do you design a helpful robot that doesn’t accept verbal abuse? AcademiaNet met computer scientist, Prof Verena Rieser, for a chat about gendered voice assistants, AI for the common good and how to mitigate the negative effects of the pandemic on women’s careers.

  2. Veerle Cnudde secures prestigious €1.5 million Vici grant from NWO

    The funds will go towards a project on bioprotection of stone using bacteria.

  3. Rubina Raja to publish book series on women of the past

    The classical archaeologist will act as editor on the series which will explore the lives of women throughout history.

  4. Manami Sasaki part of new stellar X-ray Research Unit eRO-STEP funded by DFG

    The astronomer will use a satellite x-ray telescope to study the final stages in the lives of stars.

  5. ‘Scientists are still human beings with presuppositions about sex differences’

    Science is meant to be objective but sometimes the personal bias of the researcher gets in the way. To find out more, AcademiaNet went online for a conversation with Associate Professor Malin Ah-King from Stockholm University, whose work sits at the intersection of gender studies and evolutionary biology.

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