March 08, 2018
Future Science Group celebrates International Women’s Day
Future Science Group shares a series of ‘Day in the life’ interviews with inspirational women across STEM to celebrate International Women’s Day 2018.
March 8th marks International Women’s Day, an annual call-to-action to press forward and progress gender parity. The campaign has gained increasing traction in recent years, with the theme this year calling both men and women to #PressforProgress across society. The STEM industries are no exception: whilst significant progress has been made, it is widely acknowledged that STEM careers have traditionally been a male-dominated area. And, although the number of women graduating in a core STEM subjects continues to grow, last year only 24% of STEM graduates in the UK were female .
Future Science Group (FSG), a progressive scientific and medical publisher, has recognized International Women’s Day over the years with a collection of surveys, videos and panel discussions. This year, FSG has published a series of interviews with influential women across the life sciences with the hope of sharing what it means to be a woman in science, and inspiring younger generations to consider a career in STEM. Through this series of ‘Day in the life’ pieces, hosted on FSG’s eCommunities, an inspirational group of women – from PhD candidates to professors – provide a close look at the highs and lows of their daily experiences and reveal their female role models.
Interviewee, Tina Skinner-Adams (Griffith Institute for Drug Discovery, Brisbane, Australia) commented on her role: “Without a shadow of a doubt the best part of my job is knowing that each and every day I am making a contribution to the lives of others, whether that be through teaching the next generation of scientists, inspiring community members to learn more about science or contributing to fighting some of the world’s most devastating diseases.”
Victoria Sanz Moreno, from King’s College London (UK), added: “Follow your dreams; if you really want to be a scientist, don’t let anything or anyone stop you!”
International Women’s Day also provided an opportunity to look inward, including a reflection on the number of women in leadership at FSG, and the proportion of women featured in published articles. Encouragingly, 66% of leadership roles at FSG are filled by women, though the percentage of women in STEM overall remains significantly lower than men.
Laura Dormer, FSG’s Editorial Director, commented on why continued focus on gender equality is vital in the publishing industry and beyond: “It is important that we push forward any initiatives we can that really emphasize gender equality, and as publishers we’re in a really good position to emphasize the great work that women are doing in STEM.”
Lauren Pulling, Publisher at FSG, added: “International Women’s Day is a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the significant contributions of women to science and other STEM subjects. We hope that our ‘Day in the life’ interviews will inspire and encourage the next generation of female scientists, and we look forward to celebrating (and publishing!) their successes in years to come.”
Learn more about how Future Science Group is celebrating International Women’s Day here: https://www.future-science.com/campaign/iwd.
In addition, don’t forget to take a look at the ‘Day in the life’ features from women across STEM subjects – from regenerative medicine to bioanalysis – in the exclusive interviews from FSG’s eCommunities:
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About Future Science Group
Founded in 2001, Future Science Group (FSG) is a progressive publisher focused on breakthrough medical, biotechnological and scientific research. FSG’ portfolio consists of two imprints, Future Science and Future Medicine. Both publish eBooks and journals. In addition to this core publishing business, Future Science Group develops specialist knowledge networks and content hubs, enabling professionals to easily connect and collaborate with their peers in niche scientific fields.
The aim of FSG is to service the advancement of clinical practice and drug research by enhancing the efficiency of communications among clinicians, researchers and decision-makers, and by providing innovative solutions to their information needs. This is achieved through a customer-centric approach, use of new technologies, products that deliver value-for-money and uncompromisingly high standards.