Scientists need leadership skills if they’re to guide solutions in African countries.
Science development in Africa is intimately linked to the quality of people who are able to lead change.
Most of us make daily decisions about who we choose to work and collaborate with. So what if we used that to improve professional diversity?
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A confession: I can count on a single hand the number of women I have invited to collaborate with me on publications and grants.
Computer scientist and Computing Education Specialist Dr Nicky Ringland meets with Burwood Girls students.
An ambassador needs to do more than just encourage young girls to enter STEMM, the role must address structural and cultural issues that push women out of the pipeline mid-career.
Mothers need support to manage the demands of a scientific career with their family responsibilities.
Not much attention has been given to how mothers who want to attend workshops and conferences are supported. This simple intervention can boost the presence of women in science.
A successful science career is founded in a solid publication track record.
Journal Impact Factors are unreliable and may be gamed. But can they still offer value?
It’s often self-doubt and gender stereotyping that holds girls back from pursuing science careers.
Society, parents, schools and popular media all perpetuate the myth that girls don't have the brains or ability to be scientists. Of course, that simply isn't true.
Children need to learn that science is worth getting excited about.
For science to have an impact there must be a genuine will to implement its advances. This requires promoting a greater understanding of science in broader society.
Experiment design affects the quality of the results.
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Embracing more rigorous scientific methods would mean getting science right more often than we currently do. But the way we value and reward scientists makes this a challenge.
The sky is the limit for African science when universities work together.
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Collaboration is one of the keys to making African science soar: when the continent's universities work together, they can produce amazing results.
Scientists can find it tough to turn a great idea or innovation into a successful business.
Science and business don't often go together, but that's changing as more scientists realise that their best ideas can be commercialised.
Perhaps your career path is paved with big data.
Most industries tap into big data these days – meaning more and more jobs are opening up in this field. Here's some background on the skills and qualities you'd use as a modern big data professional.
It’s time for Africa to produce the technology it needs, rather than being largely a consumer.
Africa has deep-rooted problems: poverty, disease, corruption and war. Could these be solved through mathematical science?
What do you want to be when you grow up?
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Careers advice for primary school children helps bust stereotypes and boost aspirations.
Let’s bring out the dolls.
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The equalities minister, Jo Swinson, has suggested that boys should be encouraged to play with dolls to make them more “nurturing and caring”. This is apparently in the hope that they will become more…
Love your subject and you’ll do better at it.
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Science and engineering subjects are often presented as better career choices for students than the arts or humanities. Nicky Morgan, the education secretary, recently said that STEM subjects – sciences…
They are out there.
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Imagine if you could gauge your chances of getting to the very top of your profession, just as you are starting out your career? A recent publication has boldly outlined a predictive model for doing just…
We prefer experimenting on our food, rather than cooking it.
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The number of girls taking A-level physics has remained stagnant for the past 20 years or more, and the UK has the lowest proportion of female engineers in the EU. Progress on gender equality in science…