Gender Roles and their Impact in Academia

13 October 2020 - 11:30am to 14 October 2020 - 3:30pm

Heidelberg, Germany

The European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL Heidelberg) invites to this conference to explore how gender roles may be shaped by biology and by social structures with impact on progression of men and women in academic and related careers.

The aim is to explore the linkages between biology, society, and gender roles in the context of science careers. A good example could be the evidence that women (but not men) researchers delay motherhood (parenthood) to pursue their research careers. Another example could be the wide-spread and pernicious (sexual) harassment in academia, mainly senior men on junior women, and the dominance of studies focused on the victim, rather than on the behaviour of the perpetrator, and, equally, overlooking the physical and psychological consequences of harassment on women’s career decisions.

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