»Together, we can do better!«

Online event centered around the documentary “Picture a Scientist” and the theme of women in science, with a public lecture and panel discussion.


What are the challenges of women in the sciences and how far have we come with equality in research? These are questions that will be discussed at the online event »Together, we can do better!« on February 14, 2022. Marine researcher Antje Boetius will start with a lecture, followed by a panel discussion based on the documentary film “Picture a Scientist”.

Organized by Isabel Kilian and Jana Flury, PhD students at the Leibniz Institute for the Analysis of Biodiversity Change (LIB), the digital event focuses the topics of the film documentary “Picture a Scientist”. Prof. Dr. Antje Boetius, director of the Alfred Wegener Institute in Bremen, will speak on “Women on board(s)! Exploring the path to a good place for all”. The subsequent panel discussion will address the obstacles women face in science, but more importantly, possible solutions on how to better implement gender equality at research institutes and in science. Participants are:

  • Prof. Dr. Diana Imhof, Universität Bonn
  • Prof. Dr. Susanne Dobler, Universität Hamburg,
  • Prof. Dr. Peter Kappeler, Georg-August-Universität in Göttingen
  • Dr. Julia Schmid, Wissenschaftliche Referentin für das Thema Gleichstellung und Diversität in der Leibniz Gemeinschaft

The online event is based on the film “Picture a Scientist”. The film follows the careers of three female researchers and shows first-hand the gender-specific injustices women in science have to face. The initiators of the event, can – thanks to a grant from the European Society for Evolutionary Biology – distribute 100 streaming licenses within the LIB to draw attention to the issue of gender equality at research institutions. “We would like to contribute to improving awareness of unconscious gender bias and the associated consequences for women in science,” explain Isabel Kilian and Jana Flury. The funding will be used to support events or projects that raise awareness of inequalities, especially in the scientific environment, and contribute to better gender equality in science.

Gender inequality in science was an issue even before the pandemic: however, the Corona crisis has reinforced the disadvantage faced by female scientists over the past two years. Scientific studies revealed that women, especially those with children, had less time for their research activities during the lockdown than their male colleagues and published less, even though more scientific articles were published in journals overall.


Lecture & panel discussion in english

When: February14, 2022, 3:15 pm

Where: Online (Zoom)

Registration here:  https://test.idloom.events/picture-a-scientist



Isabel Kilian & Jana Flury



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