Women in Science and the Media 2013

In January 2013, a group of female scientists gathered at Cumberland Lodge in Windsor, UK, for a course designed to help them to maximise their career success and develop their communication skills through the medium of science media production and popular science writing. Here's how it went.


  1. Female scientists remain woefully under-represented in the higher echelons of academia and industry and are still less likely to make a splash in the media compared with their male peers.

    So @GarethM (Gareth Mitchell), @GregFoot, @QuercusTraining (Helen Goulding)  and I (@ClaireAinsworth) put their heads together, along with Alison Rodger at the University of Warwick, to develop a course that would help women tackle the barriers that can hold them back. You can read all about it here and here.

    The course began on 4th January--a cold start!
  2. We began with a plenary session to explore the barriers facing women in science.
  3. Following that discussion, we moved on to talk about implicit stereotypes, example research paper here.
  4. Delegates then split into 2 groups, one with me (@ClaireAinsworth) and Gareth (@GarethM) looking at science communication basics and print media...
  5. ...the other with Helen (@QuercusT) and Greg Foot (@GregFoot) looking at personal impact, presentation skills and broadcast media. Delegates start chipping in via Twitter...
  6. After a long day's work, we repaired to the bar, and then had tour of the venue, Cumberland Lodge, a former stately home.
  7. Day 2: and we kick off with a speed networking session! We hope that delegates will make useful contacts and stay in touch after the course: having a supportive network can make all the difference to your career.