Centre for Discovery Brain Sciences
Centre for Discovery Brain Sciences Transparent Logo

Women in Science - Resources and links

Further information and useful links

News and Events

Memoir of Mary Pickford FRS commissioned by The Royal Society.  By John F. B. Morrison and John A. Russell

John F. B. Morrison and John A. Russell have recently completely a Biographical Memoir of Mary Pickford FRS.  This documents Mary Pickford's life and research career.  They have done a terrific job on what must have been a huge task given that Mary Pickford died in 2002 and retired from research in 1972.  It is well worth reading.  The Royal Society has agreed to make the PDF freely available and it can be accessed here:


Please note:

This year's Mary Pickford Lecture will be delivered by Prof Marian Joëls (University of Utrecht and University of Groningen)

on Thurs 26th Sept @ 12:30 pm in the Anatomy Lecture Theatre.  We have an earlier start than normal as preceding the lecture we will announce the winner of this year's Alison Douglas Prize for the Best PhD Dissertation submitted by a student in CDBS.

Marian will also be our guest at 'Women in Science' round table coffee meeting at:

10.30 - 11.30 on 26th September in Room G6 Hugh Robson Building.

Please mark your diaries for this important event.



Inspiring People 3 - Thursday 20 September 2018

The next Inspiring People event will take place on Thursday 20 September 2018.       

Location- Wellcome Trust Auditorium, QMRI, Little France

Time-  09:30-16:30

The Deaneries of Molecular, Genetics & Population Health Sciences and Clinical Sciences form Edinburgh Clinical Medical School, and are holding this Inspiring People Day to encourage all staff and students to embrace and promote Equality and Diversity as the best way for everyone to achieve their career potential.  This third Inspiring Day is relevant for EVERYONE.

The talks will address the strategies that are being used to ensure equality and diversity becomes embedded, and career stories from within and outwith the Deaneries will illustrate real life challenges and solutions.

Our Inspirational Speakers include:

  • Professor Sir Jim Smith FRS (Director of Science  at The Wellcome Trust)
  • Prof. Sara Mole  (University College London)
  • Prof. Candy Rowe (University of Newcastle)
  • Dr James Howie (Founder ASCUS Art and Science)
  • Career Stories


Suffrage Science Award

Congratulations to Prof Catherina Becker, Director of the Centre for Neuroregeneration, who has been awarded one of the Suffrage Science Awards supported by the MRC.

The Suffrage Science scheme recognises ten female scientists and a science communicator, chosen for their scientific achievements and ability to inspire others.  Women make up less than one-eighth of science academy membership globally and this award, set up five years ago by the MRC Clinical Sciences Centre at Imperial College London, celebrates women already in science and encourages others to enter scientific subjects, and to stay. 

College of Medicine & Veterinary Medicine news

MRC Clinical Sciences Centre news


About Ben Barres

Professor of Neurobiology, and Chair of the Department of Neurobiology Stanford University School of Medicine

'I was born a woman. Thirteen years ago, at the age of 40, I decided to change my sex.'



Institute for Academic Development - IAD

IAD    The IAD offers a wide range of courses, advice and support for PhD students, post-docs and PIs. All free and very useful, so don’t hesitate to go!

Dual career programs (examples of such programs in Germany and US): Munich Dual Career Office and Dual-Career Assistance



Athena SWAN - Recognising advancement of gender equality: representation, progression and success for all.


Facebook page Women in Research

Project Implicit See how you get on in the Harvard Implicit Bias test about gender!

Female Conference Speaker Bingo

Inspiring the Future - Redraw the Balance video how children define career opportunities as male and female