In conversation with the Algerian Women in Science (ALWIS) group

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The Algerian Women in Science group is a new organisation, founded in 2020, committed to training Algerian women to be scientific leaders and supporting their careers.

TIR spoke to Anissa Belfetmi, Sabrina Absalon, and Sarah Helal, three of ALWIS‘ leadership team, to discuss their goals for the organisation and how they plan to help other Algerian women in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and medicine (STEMM). Continue reading

To have and to hold…and then to go back to work

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It’s fairly well accepted that in the biological sciences roughly 50% of undergraduates are female, with a 50:50 sex ratio also continuing to postgraduate level (see HERE for US data). At postdoc there’s either parity or a slight skew towards men, and thereafter a steadily climbing rate of male occupancy as one climbs up the higher echelons of academia (LINK). (It’s even more male-biased in the physical sciences)

There has been much hand-wringing about this. Continue reading