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International Day of Women and Girls in Science, 2024

11 Feb 2024

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The International Day of Women and Girls in Science marks an annual tribute to honour the accomplishments and impact of women and girls in the realms of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) and highlights the significance of gender equality within the scientific community.

Established by the United Nations (UN), the International Day of Women and Girls in Science is a designated celebration aimed of equal opportunities within STEM fields as well as motivating more women and girls to pursue scientific and technological careers.

Its objective is to remove barriers to women’s participation in STEM and serves as a reminder of the significance of diversity and inclusivity within the scientific realm. This year, the spotlight is on leadership across three core themes: social justice, environmental integrity, and economic prosperity.

The International Day of Women and Girls in Science falls on February 11th each year, falling on the birthday of Marie Curie, a trailblazing physicist and chemist renowned for her groundbreaking advancements in radioactivity and nuclear physics. Marie Curie continues to serve as a beacon of inspiration for women in the field of science.

Our commitment to equal opportunities at Scymaris:

Here at Scymaris we are proud to be able to demonstrate our commitment to equal opportunities, and gender parity, placing an emphasis on experience and expertise being at the core of progression into senior and other leadership roles, regardless of gender.

As a result, we can demonstrate the following:

53 % Of our Chemistry department, including our Head of Department, Marina Santos and our Principal Scientist- Kathryn Gerry, as well as Study Directors Monika Rakowska, and Bryony Retter.

65 % Of our Ecotoxicology department, including our Head of Department Helen Garcia, Senior Ecotoxicologist Severine Larroze as well as Study Directors Becky Burden, Caroline Nelson, Heather Powell- Thomas and Tyler-Rose Wolley. Deanna Westfold leads our husbandry.

63 % Of our Environmental Fate team including Head of Department Gemma Andrews as well as Study Directors Kayleigh Bills, Ruth Commander, and Emily Pratt.

Key Contacts

marina santos.

Marina Santos

Head of Analytical Chemistry

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helen garcia.

Helen Garcia

Head of Ecotoxicology

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Gemma Andrews.

Gemma Andrews

Head of Environmental Fate

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