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When Science Communication meets Intersectional Feminism

Soapbox Science

3rd Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Seminar at IGC

Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência, Rua da Quinta Grande, 6, 2780-156, Oeiras, Portugal

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Speaker: Simone Lackner

Roundtable: Denise Camacho, Oihane Horno, Simone Lackner


Over the last decade large investment in science outreach and promotion of careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), targeted to young girls and women, finally shows success. In Europe, on average there is a higher number of accomplished females than male undergraduate and graduate students in the STEM fields. However, women are less likely than men to reach full professorship in their academic career. Where do all these highly educated and scientifically-trained female scientists go? And most importantly, to develop successful policies for the advancement of gender equity in science, we have to ask the inevitable questions:

Why do women leave academia? and What can we do to help them to unleash their full potential as a scientist?

Women bring unique perspectives to research and scientific conversations, and scientific research and innovation is more accurate when gender and race is considered.

Using an intersectional feminist lense we will address and discuss several key drivers - stereotypes and their threats, lack of role models, implicit biases, and microaggressions - and their psychological consequences, that all together are believed to explain the leaky pipeline in academia.

Soapbox Science Lisboa Team

Soapbox Science – a global public outreach platform that promotes women scientists and the science they do – is part of a large effort to eliminate gender inequality in science. We bring cutting-edge research directly from the lab to the people, while raising the profile of individual scientists and challenging the public’s view of who a scientist is. Our goal is to empower local female scientists by giving them visibility, provide inspiration and role models for budding young female scientists, and improve awareness of the wealth of research that is conducted by women around the world. Finally, we want to generate a network for female scientists to nurture mutual empowerment and open the discourse about what it takes to succeed as a woman in science.

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