International Women’s Day 2021: Celebrating Women In Life Science

International Women’s Day 2021: Celebrating Women In Life Science
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International Women’s Day 2021: Celebrating Women In Life Science

It’s International Women’s Day on 8th March, and we’re taking the opportunity to say a big thank you to all of the incredible women in STEM who have contributed to our blog over the last year. We’ve been lucky enough to interview some inspiring female scientists and to include their valuable advice in our Life Science Guides. We've also shared numerous guest blogs by women on a wide range of subjects including social mobility in academia, building resilience, promoting diversity in STEM, and lots more.

Women are still underrepresented in STEM fields, and that's why we’re proud to highlight the brilliant female scientists who have shared their knowledge and advice with our online community over the last 12 months.

Interviews with Scientists

We had some fascinating conversations with female scientists from around the world including Olivia Grant who told us about her genomics podcast, Dr Lahiru Gangoda who spoke to us about her research into treatment for melanoma patients, and Simona Carbone who told us about her work on the Enteric Nervous System.

It was great to catch up with former travel award winner Sonia Shah of the University of Queensland, and when a global pandemic brought the world to a halt we spoke to Alko Rao, Dr Concetta Di Natale, Myrthe Mampay and Emanuela Bottani about the impact COVID-19 was having on their research.

In our Scientist Talks video series, we had an important conversation with Heema Vyas on the subject of mental health and wellbeing in the lab, and we also spoke with Rachelle Balez who shared some great insights into peer-reviewing scientific papers and journals.

Our Lab Heroes of 2020

We had so many incredible female scientists nominated for our Lab Heroes Awards 2020. It was tough to choose from so many phenomenal nominations, but in the end we crowned Katarina Ilić of the University of Zagreb as the overall winner, with Dr. Ziba Jaberansari of the University of Ottawa named as a runner-up. We also had a fantastic chat with Adviti Naik of the Qatar Biomedical Research Institute who was commended by our judging panel for her research into breast cancer.

Inspiring blogs

Over the last 12 months we’ve been lucky enough to share some fantastic articles and blog pieces by inspiring women on a wide range of themes.

Dr. Lucka Bibic shared her experience of science writing, Anne Vielle offered brilliant advice on making your lab more eco-friendly, and Dr. Kate O’Neill reflected on managing the expected pace of work in scientific research.

Summer Rosonovski shared her personal struggles with social mobility in academia, while former Lab Heroes winner Dr. Enitome Bafor offered valuable advice on building resilience in scientific research.

In December, Elodie Chabrol gave us some great gift ideas for lab colleagues with her guide to Christmas gifts for scientists, while Sophie Prosolek helped those of us working from home with her tips for presenting research on Zoom.

And a special mention must go to Mackenzie Lemieux and Rebecca Zhang who told us all about their project to increase the representation of women in science in their fantastic guest blog on promoting diversity in STEM.

Sharing advice in our Life Science Guides

Additional thanks go to Brittany Berdy and Sophie Millar who contributed some great advice for our Life Scientist’s Guide to Coping with Rejection, and also to Maria Montefinese, Ella Courtie, Bronwen Martin and Rebekah J White who shared useful tips on working from home in our Life Scientist’s Guide to Working Remotely.


Make your voice heard

If you would like to contribute an article or blog piece, or be interviewed by us here at Hello Bio we would love to hear from you! Our blog reaches a global community of fantastic life scientists, and we're always looking for new voices to share personal stories, insight, career advice, and more. If you'd like to be interviewed about your research or write a blog post about a topic you're passionate about, send us an email at and we'll be in touch!



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