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08 March 2019
Future Science Group celebrates International Women’s Day 2019

Future Science Group to host a #TalkIWD Twitter chat with female panellists across STEM to celebrate International Women’s Day. 

 

March 8 marks International Women’s Day: an annual call-to-action for progress towards a gender-balanced world. The campaign – initiated in 1911 – has grown to become a global day to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women, while also promoting action to accelerate gender balance. This year, the theme is calling both men and women to play their part to create a #BalanceforBetter, and the STEM community is no exception. While huge progress has been made in recent years, this is a traditionally male-dominated group with much work still to be done: for example, at present, only 13% of the overall UK STEM workforce are women [1].  


Future Science Group (FSG) is a progressive scientific and medical publisher committed to gender parity and celebrating the achievements of women in STEM. This International Women’s Day, FSG is aiming to promote the conversation around gender equality in science with a #TalkIWD Twitter Chat. 


Hosted by the @futuresciencegp Twitter handle, this one-hour event will take place on 8 March at 3pm GMT / 10am EST. Panellists will include female scientists from across an array of disciplines from neuroscience, to oncology, to tissue engineering: Emma Yhnell (Cardiff University, UK), Taylor Walker (Cornell University, NY, USA), Balkees Abderrahman (MD Anderson Cancer Center, TX, USA), Amy Alexander (Mayo Clinic Department of Radiology, MN, USA), Lisa-Maria Needham (University of Cambridge, UK). 


Panellist Amy Alexander commented: “Celebrating International Women’s Day is important in the STEM community as we continue to build the female workforce and leverage the creativity, ingenuity and compassion of female professionals.”


Topics covered by the panellists will include how gender equality in STEM can be encouraged, challenges the panellists may have faced in their careers and advice for young women considering a career in STEM. The Twitter chat is open for anyone to join in: the #TalkIWD hashtag can be used to follow the chat, as well as to pose a question to the panellists or share an opinion. 

Lauren Pulling, Publisher at FSG, said: “Our #TalkIWD Twitter chat will be an opportunity to unite women and men alike to drive conversation and action towards a gender-balanced future. This is a conversation that is incredibly important both to us personally and as a business, so we’re excited to be part of this year’s #BalanceforBettter campaign.”


“As publishers, we’re in a prime position to recognise the significant achievements of women in science,” added Phil Garner, FSG’s Managing Director. “We hope that our Twitter chat and fantastic panel of experts will inspire and encourage the next generation of female scientists, and take us a step closer towards gender equality.” 


Sources


1.    https://www.stemgraduates.co.uk/women-in-stem 
       Accessed 1 March 2019


About Future Science Group


Founded in 2001, 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.