We have joined Twitter @ShenoteSpeaker in an effort to further conversations in this area, and provide another platform to raise awareness around the gender balance at scientific events. Please do follow us and send us your news on good and bad practise.
We have made our list viewable now so it is an open resource for finding female experts in cardiovascular and respiratory research. We are delighted to have reached 103 experts in the list as of now, from 17 different countries. Their expertise covers research fields including myofibroblasts, cancer, leadership, immunology, pharmacoepidemiology, hypertension, tobacco use cessation, bronchiectasis, epigenetics, occupational lung disease, electrophysiology, and paediatrics.
For SheNote Speaker we are hoping to boost the visibility of women experts in three related areas of research, Cardiology, Respiratory and Vascular science. We’ve had a good number of sign-ups now and are nearly ready to release the lists into the wild, but before we do, here are our top tips for maximising its impact.
- Please share with all the women experts in your circle and beyond, we’d love this to be a useful community resource. We’re also actively promoting it with our contacts, societies and charities and will be at meetings.
- You can only nominate yourself and we check that you’re happy with this with a quick email of confirmation.
- Fill in as much of the form as you can, particularly with respect to your expertise. The more key words, the more detail of your research interests, the easier it will be for people to find you. It also will improve the relevance of the contact.
- We’re not storing emails in the list and making them public – this is a condition of our hosting and hopefully cuts down on spam you might receive otherwise. As such it is really important that the website you provide gives some means for conference conveners, editors or potential collaborators to contact you.
- You may want to consider getting an ORCID account. There are lots of places you can store lists of your publications, but ORCID is doing a good job of providing a truly unique identifier and is starting to be supported by a number of publishers and institutions. Here’s mine as an example. If you don’t have an institutional webpage that highlights your publications, it can take on that role.
We’re starting to accrue sign-ups nicely now, so it’s time to introduce one half of the team, Helen. She’s currently communications and website officer for the National Heart and Lung Institute, and previously has been a researcher and camera assistant for wildlife programmes and a meerkat behavioural researcher in the Kalahari.
For SheNote, Helen is responsible for all the parts you see and most of the ones you don’t.
We are delighted to have been able to start sharing #SheNoteSpeaker and getting people signed up last week. We’ve had a great reception from fellow scientists including in particular the British Association for Lung Research and British Thoracic Society.
Many thanks to all for helping us spread the word!
It seemed fitting to officially launch the site today on International Women’s Day 2018! Mike Cox has kindly written a blog on the thoughts behind the set up of this project if you would like to read more about it on the Imperial Medicine blog.
If you are wondering where to find the lists of women scientists we have collected they will be up shortly. We are preparing the site for launch and are starting to look for our first sign ups.
Once we have collected and verified our first few experts the lists will go live.
Welcome to our new site where we plan to build a resource for the scientific community in the form of a list of female scientists and their expertise. The idea is to facilitate the finding of female speakers for conferences and key notes, and to negate excuses when it comes to maintaining an equal gender balance.