The path to a career in academia is highly competitive, time consuming and often involves rejections and setbacks. How do our ambitions, attitudes and unconscious biases impact our careers in science and are women affected differently from men?
Fewer women than men hold the top positions in academia, and this is often regarded as a sign that science is unequal. But do we need to reexamine the meaning of success in science and do men and women have fundamentally different definitions? Looking to the future, can we harness psychology to attract more female scientists and, if so, will having more women ultimately change the way science works?
Join Cavendish Inspiring Women as we venture into the complex world of public perceptions of science, the imposter syndrome and whether women naturally ‘think’ themselves out of continuing in science. With an outstanding panel of speakers, expect a truly interdisciplinary discussion of the science behind the scientists, male and female.
The discussion will be lead by Dr Stuart Higgins, a research associate in the Cavendish and producer and producer of the podcast 'Scientists not the science'. The event is hosted by Cavendish Inspiring Women, a student-led society in the Department of Physics that promotes women in science.