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Gender and Science Meet 2021 (Registration is now closed)
Tuesday 09 February 2021, 14:30 - 16:30
Gender and Science Meet 2021
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Collaboration between the Alba Network and the Heidelberg Pain Consortium (SFB 1158)


Date: February 9th, 2021

Time: 14:30 -16:30 (2.30 - 4.30 pm) CET


Mode: Zoom Webinar (Webinar size: 500 attendees including panelists, host and co-host)


Registration is now closed (because we have reached the maximum capacity for the Zoom webinar).
(For those who are interested in this event but cannot attend, the event recording will be available on our website as soon as possible.)


Title: Do I have to act like a man to succeed in science?

In the recent times, there has been increasing awareness to enhance the gender equality in leadership in science. Several actions are based on a distorted bias of the conventional male leader’s approach being assertive, goal and task-oriented, which is displayed as being superior to `soft´ feminine traits: insightful, empathetic, integrative and relationship-oriented. For a long time, women have been given the impression that they have to develop typically ‘male’ characteristics to reach higher positions, leading to inner turmoil and insecurity regarding ‘Do I have to act like a man to succeed in science?’. In this panel discussion between leading female scientists and young investigators, we would like to discuss how a diversity of behavioral, social and leadership attributes and attitudes can be harnessed best to create a professionally-balanced and successful environment with a perspective towards fostering gender equality in science leadership. Scientists at all stages are welcome and young scientists are encouraged to join this meeting!


Panelists (10):

Nadine Attal

Prof. Nadine Attal

(Ambroise-Paré Hospital, France)

Sushma Bhatnagar

Prof. Sushma Bhatnagar

(All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Delhi, India)

Rohini Kuner

Prof. Rohini Kuner (Speaker of the Heidelberg Pain Consortium)

(Heidelberg Pain Consortium, Heidelberg University, Germany)

Marzia Malcangio

Prof. Marzia Malcangio

(King’s College, London, UK)

Hannah Monyer

Prof. Hannah Monyer

(Heidelberg University, Germany)

Carmen Ruiz de Almodovar

Prof. Carmen Ruiz de Almodovar

(Heidelberg University, Germany)

Carmen Sandi

Prof. Carmen Sandi (Chair of the ALBA Network)

(Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL), Lausanne, Switzerland)

Rebeccah Slater

Prof. Rebeccah Slater

(University of Oxford, UK)

Irene Tracey

Prof. Irene Tracey (President-Elect of FENS and ALBA Advisor)

(University of Oxford, UK)

Ipek Yalcin

Ipek Yalcin

(University of Strasbourg, France)


Format of the event: The duration of the session will be 2 hours. Each panelist will give a brief introduction to themselves and make a statement regarding the topic for 5 minutes followed by Q/A for about an hour.


Organizers and Moderators of the event: Prof. Rohini Kuner and Prof. Carmen Sandi


Coordination: Heidelberg Pain Consortium coordinator: Pooja Gupta ()

Alba network coordinator: Mathilde Maughan ()





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