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Career Development

The LIBRA Career Development Compass

A programme offering mentoring, networking, and training on (self-)leadership. LIBRA has designed this program as an opportunity for ambitious female scientists to get ready for the next career step as an independent researcher.

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Scientists about Careers in Science

LIBRA asks researcher for their key messages to junior colleagues 


Renata Basto, Group Leader of “Biology of Centrosomes and Cilia” at Institut Curie, France

What is important to consider if you want to do a career in research? LIBRA interviewed the group leader Renata Basto at the Institute Curie and she gives recommendations, especially for women.


Portraits of Women in Science

Read how female scientists have built a life in science 


Inke Näthke, Professor of Epithelial Biology at the Department of Cell & Developmental Biology at the University of Dundee in Scotland


Many of the challenges young researchers encounter in building a career in science are relevant for both men and women; yet, numbers show that women drop out in significantly higher numbers than their male peers: whereas 57% of life sciences PhD graduates in the EU-27 were women, this number falls to 13.7% for female scientists in top research positions in natural sciences. (2010, She Figures 2012, p.60 and p.93). Why does this happen? One suggestion has been that a lack of careful career planning acts as a contributing factor to this “leaky pipeline” phenomenon.

When asked how strategically she planned her own career, Inke Näthke, Professor of Epithelial Biology at the Department of Cell & Developmental Biology at the University of Dundee in Scotland, answers with a smile: “I basically had no plan at all, it would have been limiting for me.” 

The full portrait will be available soon. 



Creating Futures in Science

Career development support for early stage female researchers


Portia LTD, founded by Dr. Elizabeth Politzer, chair of the Gender Summits Organising Committee, has, together with Fraunhofer and Tel Aviv University, designed a project to support female scientists at early stages of their career. The tools developed through this collaboration aim to enable young researchers to make more informed career decisions and plans.



Analysing the use of gender quotas


EMBO has published a report Exploring quotas in academia. It investigates if gender quotas are a constructive way of raising the number of women at highest career levels. One problem that applying quotas cannot solve, though,  is the fact that many women drop out of science along the academic career path.