The Barcelona Institute of Science and Technology launches the Mothers of Science supporting grant today, February 11, 2018 – the 2018 international day of women and girls in science.
The call is launched in order to address the gap that exists between the number of women in the BIST Community who are research associates or senior post-doctoral researchers (41%) and the percentage of women who are group leaders (only 15%!). At BIST, we want to recognize the value and excellent research done by these scientists and support them in their career transition.
This program is a result of the ideas collected during the BIST Round Table on Empowering Women in Science within the BIST Community, and is also inspired by the CRG Women Scientists Support Grant (WOSS), from which the Mothers of Science grant has grown.
The BIST Round Table on Empowering Women in Science within the BIST Community was held on Novmber 28th, 2017 in order to identify the needs of the BIST Community in this area. Support to excellent researchers who are also mothers was identified as an immediate need and therefore BIST has launched this program as the first action within a larger “Women in Science” program which will be developed over time.
More information about the Mothers of Science program can be found here.
Also in honour of the 2018 international day of women and girls in science, all of the seven BIST centres (CRG, IBEC, ICFO, ICIQ, ICN2, IFAE, IRB Barcelona) are launching activities and/or social media campaigns. Follow their websites and social media channels for updates!