On the 11th of February the Berlin Institute of Health and Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine celebrated the International Day of Women and Girls in Science. Dr. Claudia Neusüß from compassorange had the pleasure of moderating the event.

The event directed attention towards the underrepresentation of women in science specifically in the STEM fields, as well as the bias, gender stereotypes and the structural barriers that still plague the scientific system. 

Prof. Dr. Marieke van den Brink, from the Radboud University in the Netherlands, held a keynote speech on ‘Gender Inclusion in Higher Education’ and pointed towards important topics such as diversity and inclusion and the importance of different perspectives. 

However, the talent pool is drained because the culture and structure of the system puts higher barriers for women, people of color, queer scientists and many other. 

Change starts with everyone – commit yourself to allyship and advocacy! Recognize and counteract bias, speak up against sexist remarks, amplify the voices of marginalized colleagues, support others to present their ideas and treat everyone with respect.