International Women’s Day 2017: advice for aspiring ecologists

For the last of our series of blog posts for International Women’s Day our Associate Editors give their advice for female students or early career researchers looking to make a career in ecology. Nathalie Butt – Unfortunately, it is still very much the case that it is not what you know, but who you know, so be strategic with who you work with/where you work. … Continue reading International Women’s Day 2017: advice for aspiring ecologists

International Women’s Day 2017: improvements towards gender equality in science

In the third of our posts in our series of blog posts for International Women’s Day we asked our Associate Editors about improvements they are seeing towards gender equality, new initiatives and any institution, department or person who deserves specific praise in this area. Nathalie Butt – I have seen big increases in awareness of, and talk about, gender equality issues in recent years, and … Continue reading International Women’s Day 2017: improvements towards gender equality in science

International Women’s Day 2017: barriers to entering science

Continuing our series of blog posts for International Women’s Day, our Associate Editors discuss barriers to women entering STEM fields and what we need to do to improve gender equality. Nathalie Butt – In terms of barriers to women, there are some fairly subtle ones, such as the general feeling that it is better to travel widely (e.g. degree in one place, PhD in another, … Continue reading International Women’s Day 2017: barriers to entering science

International Women’s Day 2017: pursuing a career in science

Wednesday 8 March 2017 is International Women’s Day, a global day to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The theme for this year’s International Women’s Day is #BeBoldForChange. This recognises the need to challenge bias and inequality, celebrate women’s achievements, champion women’s education and more. From encouraging more girls into STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education and careers to showcasing … Continue reading International Women’s Day 2017: pursuing a career in science