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Equal numbers of men and women set out to pursue a career in science, but men are in the majority at more senior levels such as group leader positions. Why is that and what can we do about it?

LIBRA supports young female scientists who have the potential and ambition to become a leader in their research field. Here you can find interesting material to reflect your own career, identify career development opportunities and get inspired by other scientists.

Career Spotlight

Creating Futures in Science - Career development support for early stage female researchers

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Women in Science Portraits

Professor of Epithelial Biology
Department of Cell & Developmental Biology at the University of Dundee in Scotland
"I basically had no plan at all, it would have been limiting for me."
Head of the Protein Technologies Facility
Vienna BioCenter Core Facilities GmbH (VBCF)
"Being able to balance family and career should be a concern for everyone, regardless of gender."

Supporting Career Development

BRIC - University of Copenhagen

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Ole Maaløes Vej 5
DK-2200 Copenhagen

IGC - Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência

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Rua da Quinta Grande, 6
2780-156 Oeiras

Scientists about Career in Science

SIS Ottoline Leyser

Professor Ottoline Leyser
Professor of Plant Development and Director
Sainsbury Laboratory at the University of Cambridge 
Great series from EMBL-EBI series about entrepreneurs and leaders in genomics. Ottoline gives the advice that you need to do what you really like, what motivates you. It is true for your science but for any other professional field as well.

Interview2 Renata Libra

Renata Basto
Group Leader of “Biology of Centrosomes and Cilia”
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.