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International Women’s Day 2020 - Join our Twitter chat #TalkIWD20

March 8 every year marks International Women’s Day, a global day celebrating the achievements of women across the globe but also acting as a call to action for accelerating gender parity. At Future Science Group we are hoping to mark the event and shine a spotlight on equality, inclusion and diversity in the STEM sector with our #TalkIWD20 Twitter chat!

  

Following on from the success of last year’s chat, we will once again be joined by a fantastic panel of scientists from all stages of their careers sharing their thoughts on equality in science. In addition to contributions from our panel, we’d also love to hear from you! The one-hour event, hosted by the @futuresciencegp handle, will take place on Friday 6 March at 15:00 GMT/ 10:00 EST and you can join the discussion by using the hashtag #TalkIWD20.

We’re excited to join the conversation and to highlight how we can all be #EachforEqual!

Our chat will feature:

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Dalia Dawoud @drddawoud

Dr Dalia Dawoud holds BSc in Pharmacy, MSc in Economic Evaluation in Health Care and a PhD in pharmaceutical policy and economics from King’s College London (UK). She is widely published in the field of pharmaceutical policy and economics and serves as Associate Editor of Elsevier’s journal Research in Social and Administrative Pharmacy. She also holds adjunct position as Associate Professor at the Faculty of Pharmacy, Cairo University (Egypt). Dalia is a proud of mum of two daughters, 17 and 11 years old.

“The world will be a better place when we ALL feel valued, respected and able to contribute; regardless of our race, gender or any other defining characteristic! We are all humans.”

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Marley Van Dyke @FantasticYeasts

My name is Dr Marley Caballero Van Dyke. I have a PhD in Cellular and Molecular Biology with an emphasis in Medical Mycology from the UTSA (TX, USA). Currently, I’m a Postdoctoral Scholar at Northern Arizona University (AZ, USA) in Dr Bridget Barker’s laboratory studying the fungal pathogen Coccidioides, the etiological agent that causes Valley fever. My research is focused on understanding host–fungal pathogen interactions during infection with Coccidioides. My goal is to have my own lab studying fungal pathogenesis and host responses to respiratory fungal pathogens, Cryptococcus and Coccidioides.  

“International Women’s Day is a day of celebration and acknowledgment of how far we have come and our achievements. It is also a day to bring awareness to the continued inequality and injustice we face on a daily basis.”

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Nathasia Mudiwa @Tasia1409

Nathasia is a Zimbabwean PhD researcher at the University of Luxembourg. Her research focuses on using advanced 3D stem cell-based models to study the molecular mechanisms underlying Parkinson’s disease. She holds a BSc in Human Biology (University of Nicosia, Cyprus) and a Research Master’s in Molecular Mechanisms of Disease (Radboud University, the Netherlands). She is the co-founder of Visibility STEM Africa, an initiative that amplifies the voices of Africans in STEM across the globe to provide visible role models for the next generation of Africans interested in pursuing STEM careers.

“IWD is a time for us to acknowledge the efforts and strides women have made in making the world a better place for everyone. However, it is also a time for us to reflect on the work we still need to do to reach equality/equity across all genders.”

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Simón(e) Sun @simonedsaid

Simón(e) Sun is a neuroscientist and artist. She researches how neurons maintain biochemical and electrical stability while processing new information. Understanding how neurons do this could improve our knowledge of neuropsychiatric conditions such as schizophrenia, autism, and depression. She also creates art and music that attempts to embrace the rational and emotional elements of science and art by using scientific data as an artistic medium.

“International Women’s Day is a reminder that the fight for equality is a fight for humanity. It’s a day to celebrate the beautiful diversity of womanhood and how uniting in our individual differences is what makes us strong.”

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Sylvie Garneau-Tsodikova @GTsodikova

Sylvie joined the University of Kentucky (KY, USA) as an Associate Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences in the College of Pharmacy in April 2013. Her research uses a multidisciplinary approach involving disciplines such as molecular biology, microbiology, biochemistry, as well as organic and medicinal chemistry, to address several issues in synthetic biology and chemistry.

Join us:

#TalkIWD20 |  @futuresciencegp | 15:00 GMT / 10:00 EST Friday 6 March