Virtual Conference

The impact of the COVID-19 crisis on women in science:
Challenges and solutions

Date: 9 September 2020

Time: 09:00 to 16:30 CEST
Watch the talks here

Conference Overview

COVID-19 has not affected all scientists uniformly: viruses do not discriminate; societies and systems do. There has been a clear decline in women's preprint publications since this crisis began: women and single-parent scientists are spending disproportionately extra time on homeschooling, housework, or eldercare. The microscopic coronavirus has magnified systemic gender inequalities and conspicuous injustices. The current system of evaluation of scientific achievements penalizes maternity, yet evidence shows that diversity benefits innovative approaches and high research performance. Thus, securing the entry, retention, well-being and progression of women and minorities in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) workforce must become a priority for governments and scientific institutions.

This pandemic is taking away our freedoms and loved ones and there will be no business as usual for a while. To hold our gains in gender equality, we must prepare an immediate response and a longer-term recovery effort. We cannot afford to lose a generation of well-trained women scientists and see all previous efforts to reduce the gender gap vanish.

During this conference, we will highlight the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on women scientists and explore solutions to minimize the gender gap in academia. We will bring together a diverse group of women scientists from different research areas and at various professional stages to provide insight into the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on their work and future prospects. Prominent scientific leaders will explain practical steps, solutions and actions that they are implementing at their research institutions, which could serve as the basis for the "new normal" in academia.

Session topics

Experiences of women in science during the COVID-19 crisis

Strategies for minimizing the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on women in science

Tools and resources for mental health during the COVID-19 crisis

Institutional leadership during the COVID-19 crisis

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Confirmed speakers

Edith heard

Edith Heard

European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL)

Germany

Marcela Linkova

Marcela Linkova

National Contact Centre for Gender & Science, Institute of Sociology Czech Academy of Sciences

Czech Republic

Aki Minoda

Aki Minoda

RIKEN, Center for Integrative Medical Sciences

Japan

Sonja Noss

Sonja Noss

Founder of Sonja Noss – Training and Coaching

Germany

Claudia Otto

Claudia Otto

Department of Computer Science at ETH Zürich

Switzerland

Roni Wright

Roni Wright

Centre Genomic Regulation (CRG) and Universitat Internacional de Catalunya (UIC)

Spain


Programme

All talks have been recorded and are now available online. Please click on the title of the talk to access the recording in the EMBL YouTube channel.
Time (CEST) Talk Speaker
09:00 Introduction Moderators: Natalia Gabrielli, Sara Verstraeten
Topic: Experiences of women in science during the COVID-19 crisis
09:10 - 09:20 Two sides of the coin during COVID-19 Aki Minoda
RIKEN, Center for Integrative Medical Sciences, Japan
Moderator: Katharina Zirngibl
09:20 - 09:30 How COVID-19 has impacted my current research and my future career Oluwaseun Ogundele (follow on Instagram, Twitter and Youtube)
Wellcome-MRC Cambridge Stem Cell Institute, University of Cambridge, UK
Moderator: Ariane Nunes-Alves
09:30 - 09:40 Same Storm, different boats; a personal and institutional perspective on strategies to help women make it back to shore during COVID-19 Roni Wright
Centre Genomic Regulation (CRG), Universitat Internacional de Catalunya (UIC), Spain
Moderator: Ariane Nunes-Alves
09:40 - 09:55 Q&A Moderator: Katharina Zirngibl
Topic: Strategies for minimizing the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on women in science
10:00 - 10:40 Testimony from Paris with a mask Geneviève Almouzni
Centre national de la recherche scientifique (CNRS) and Institut Curie, France
Moderator: Sofya Mikhaleva
10:40 - 10:50 Brief meditation Claudia Otto
Department of Computer Science at ETH Zürich, Switzerland
Coffee break - Slack networking time
11:00 - 11:40 Potential Impact of COVID-19 on Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Among Women Academics In the Less Developed World Helen Ochuko Kwanashie (follow on Instagram and Twitter)
Department of Pharmacology & Therapeutics, Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) and member of Organization for Women in Science for the Developing World (OWSDC), Nigeria
Moderator: Sarela Garcia-Santamarina
11:40 - 12:00 COVID-19, why we need gender equality policy in European research (recorded talk). Marcela Linkova
National Contact Centre for Gender & Science, Institute of Sociology Czech Academy of Sciences, Czech Republic
Moderator: Sofya Mikhaleva
Topic: Tools and resources for mental health during the COVID-19 crisis
12:00 - 12:20 Mindfulness: panacea or fad? Stories from the EMBL lockdown and beyond Sonja Noss
Founder of Sonja Noss – Training and Coaching, Germany
Moderator: Cristina Viéitez
Lunch break - Slack networking time
Topic: Strategies for minimizing the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on women in science
13:00 - 13:40 Gender and science in times of COVID-19: the role of the Women and Science Unit Zulema Altamirano Argudo
Women and Science Unit, Spanish Science and Innovation Ministry, Spain
Moderator: Sarela Garcia-Santamarina
13:40 - 14:20 The Academic Pipeline Needs More Than Bandaids: Equity Solutions Post-COVID-19 Jessica L. Malisch
St. Mary's College of Maryland, USA
Moderator: Cristina Viéitez
Coffee break - Slack networking time
Topic: Institutional leadership during the COVID-19 crisis
14:30 - 15:15 Women and the Fight Against Coronavirus in Argentina Ana Maria Franchi
National Council for Scientific and Technical Research (CONICET), Argentina
Moderator: Lucia Álvarez
15:15 - 16:00 Life in the time of COVID-19: watching the crisis with my gender glasses on Edith Heard
European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL), Germany
Moderator: Natalia Gabrielli
Closing remarks

Conference organisers

Cristina Vieitez

Cristina Vieitez

European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL), European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI)

Germany/UK

Malvika Sharan

Malvika Sharan

Community Manager - The Turing Way, The Alan Turing Institute

UK

Jodie Haigh

Jodie Haigh

European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL)

Germany


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Time zone

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This event will be recorded and freely available online on Youtube in a couple of weeks.

Virtual event platforms

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