To the Mothers of Science
Supporting grant for BIST scientists
BIST recognises and supports scientist mothers working to reach a leading position and advance the research in their fields.
The Barcelona Institute of Science and Technology first launched the Mothers of Science programme in 2018, inspired by the CRG Women Scientists Support Grant (WOSS). The Mothers of Science programme offers supporting grants and coaching sessions to talented BIST women researchers to recognise their roles as scientists and mothers, and to support them along their way to becoming pioneers in their fields. BIST aims to address the gap that exists between the number of women in the BIST Community who are postdoctoral researchers (36%), group leaders (18%), and directors (0%).
Three editions of the To the Mothers of Science Programme have run since the initiative launched. On March 8, 2022 BIST launched the 2022 edition of the programme, coinciding with International Women’s Day. This third edition included a salary top-up of 400€ per month for one year, in addition to a coaching programme for the ten winners.