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I give Public Lectures, participate in Panel Discussions, act as a Consultant and facilitate Workshops regarding Wellbeing and Inclusion in Academia and beyond.


As ReMO Ambassador and the founder of Soapbox Science Lisbon, I am an empathic advocate for Diversity, Inclusion, Equity and Wellbeing. As a Erasmus+ Heartland facilitator I am trained in organizing workshops focusing on Resilience methods and Burn-out Prevention tools.

I am a multidisciplinary scientist with a degree in Molecular Biology, a Ph.D. in Systems Neuroscience, postdoctoral training in Complexity and Computational Social Science and vast experience in Science Communication and Public Outreach.

After more than 15 years of working in different disciplines, in eleven different institutes, across five different countries (Austria, Singapore, USA, Japan, Portugal), as a female scientist and first generation academic, I am strongly aware of the struggles and challenges one faces to progress in a scientific career.

I observed and experienced how our academic research culture impacts not only the wellbeing of individual researchers but also the dynamics within research teams and the success of a research institute retaining and sustaining excellence in science. I started to study the available research on this subject, confirming that there are recognized crucial issues in the academic system that need targeted action urgently.

On this blog I will share my opinions that hopefully encourage actions on this acute subject 


Simone Lackner, Ph.D

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