Young Investigator Network Event @ EAC2019 in Gothenburg
The Early Career Scientist board within the Nordic Society for Aerosol Research (NOSA) have the pleasure to invite all young investigators (PhD-students and post-docs) to participate in round table discussions on two subjects: (1) Implicit biases in academia and (2) Science communication.
Photo credit: Karin Lovén
The event will start by an introduction to each of the subjects followed by discussions in smaller groups. After the round table discussions, food and drinks will be served with a chance for further discussions and mingling.
(1) Implicit biases in academia. Studies repeatedly show that the exact same CV is judged very differently dependent on the name on it. Female and minority sounding names are significantly less likely to get replies than Caucasian males when contacting potential mentors. This is no less true in academia than other parts of society. What biases do we have? How do we become aware and work against them?
(2) Science communication – how to communicate our knowledge efficiently? How can we find a good balance between detail and accuracy? Is there a conflict between being seen as a “neutral” scientist and advocating specific policies?
Torgny Roxå is an associate professor at the Faculty of Engineering at Lund University where he works as an educational developer. He has a special interest in gender issues and arranges workshops for different departments in this area.
Stephany Buenrostro Mazon is a PhD student at the Institute for Atmospheric and Earth System Research at the University of Helsinki. She believes in communicating science in a way that is efficient and useful to a broader audience. She has given public talks on the importance of science communication and is organising a project to take science to the streets through urban art.