The Berlin Institute of Health (BIH) and the Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine in the Helmholtz Association (MDC) invite you to celebrate the International Day of Women and Girls in Science on 11 February by joining us for a film screening of "Picture a Scientist" followed by a keynote speech and a panel discussion. We are looking forward to discuss with our guests and you what changes are needed to make the culture and structure in science more diverse, equitable and open to all.
In the current pandemic situation we see more than ever the key role of science in providing solutions to the challenges we face as a society. And it is clear, that scientific discovery needs diverse perspectives in order to achieve innovative results at the highest level. Appropriate consideration of women or members of underrepresented groups in science at all levels broadens perspectives and opinions and thus contributes to outstanding research.
Up to now women are still underrepresented in science, especially in leadership positions. Women make up half of the PhD students on average, but only every fourth professor in Germany is a woman. Biases and gender stereotypes, but also structural barriers in the scientific system make it more difficult for women to succeed in science. Women more often than men have temporary contracts, work part-time and get paid less for the same kind of work. Citation rates for men are higher, hiring procedures favor men about women and we can observe.
If you are interested, click here to register for the event. Registration for the event finishes on Wednesday, Feb 10th at 15:00 CET.