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November 9th: Join the #WomenInScience TweetChat with Geneviève Almouzni

November 9, 13.00 – 14.00. All are welcome to a Twitter chat/tweetchat organized by Novartis. The chat will feature thought leaders interested in advancing the careers of female scientists, using the hashtag #WomenInScience.

November 9th: Join the #WomenInScience TweetChat with Geneviève Almouzni

Female scientists have transformed biomedical research with their discoveries, and their leadership is needed to drive life sciences into the future. Still, women in science are underrepresented at senior levels of most research institutes. Their voices are essential in discussions about work-life balance, the need for mentorship to guide career development and networking. So join on Twitter to discuss how to advance the careers of #WomenInScience with

- Prof. Susan M. Gasser, Director of FMI, Basel

- Dr. Iris Rajman, Head of Global Clinical Pharmacology and Profiling, NIBR Basel

- Dr. Genevieve Almouzni, Director, Research Center Institut Curie, Paris

- Prof. Anna  Fontcuberta i Morral, EPFL- Wish Bureau, Ecole polytechnique federal de Lausanne

- Dr. Caroline Boulton, Global Head Regulatory Affairs Cardio-Metabolic Franchise, Novartis Pharmaceuticals

Geneviève Almouzni: A witness to the evolution of research

In 2013, Genevieve Almouzni has been awarded twice by prestigious European organizations for her role in sciences as a woman. But since the beginning of her career, she has been concerned about Female scientists and their representation in science. And she’s asked if she found it difficult to be in charge as a woman. “I might have been a little uncomfortable with it right at first, but there were so many contributing factors, including my age - I was barely 40 and had my own understanding of my role. At times I had a hard time persuading my team, sometimes they lost confidence, but I had to keep trying; I had accepted certain responsibilities, and now I had to shoulder them. Still, over the years, people see when something is working and they learn to trust you. It takes time and patience. These difficulties are less now, since society has changed. Young team managers, particularly women, have an easier time getting their foot in the door.”

But, she adds, the reason why she is able to successfully carry out such dense, high-level scientific work and still have a family is because she found a life partner who supported and shared the domestic burden: “It’s a question of organization, understanding, and mutual respect. In some of our courses, we offer sessions on ‘women in the sciences.’ When we get to the question of how women can develop a career while still having children, I explain that the key is finding a partner who shares responsibilities and sees both careers as equally important.”

And there is still work to be done because the data on women in science clearly indicates that although overt discrimination is now virtually absent in Europe, women have less chances to reach leading positions.

Approximately half of the PhD students in Europe are women. However, the proportions of women researchers decrease at the postdoctoral level and drop dramatically in leadership positions.

These numbers demonstrate a dramatic waste of talent and resources in education, research and the labour market.

Top European research institutes move towards gender equality

To change this fact, she decided with thirteen European research institutes in life science to beat the current unbalanced situation regarding men and women in science and launch H2020-LIBRA project. Funded by the European commission, it aims to evaluate the current status of gender equality in the different institutes. Its goal is also to increase representation and participation of women in leadership positions in life sciences in Europe as well as raising science excellence by including sex and gender dimension in their research.


Find out more

>>Tweetchat will take place from 13.00 to 14.00 Paris time on November, Wednesday 9th

>> #WomenInScience

>> Geneviève Almouzni’s Twitter account: @GAlmouzni


Text: Céline Giustranti

Copyright: DR

Mathilde Regnault