About Anna Zecharia

Anna is Director of Policy and Public Affairs at the British Pharmacological Society, and Development Board member for the EDIS (equality, diversity and inclusion in science and health) group. Part of Anna's current work is to develop inclusive research environments and practice, wit the ambition that no-one should be excluded from a career in science. She initially oversaw our social media, and has been instrumental in ScienceGrrl's policy work. Anna loves good food, yoga, windswept walks by the sea, and building connections between people and ideas.

Posts by Anna Zecharia:

Reflections on #womensmarchlondon

 On Saturday 21 January 2017 – the day after Donald Trump became President of the United States – hundreds of thousands of people across the globe stood up for women’s rights and equality. Our @annazecharia was at the London march. The photos which accompany this post are by Louise Morris. Find her as @LouMorrisPhoto on(…)

Does brain size matter: time to stop this nonsense

It’s male and female brains time again! Why are some researchers and journalists hooked on sensationalism? Our resident neurotrash warrior Prof Gina Rippon takes a look behind the headlines at the latest offender. She’s not going anywhere – and we’re not standing for this nonsense any longer. We want better science. Gina  will be tackling(…)

Response to “Women in Scientific Careers” report

Response to “Women in Scientific Careers” report

This morning, the House of Commons Science and Technology Select Committee have released their Report on ‘Women in Scientific Careers’. The Report sought to examine: why the number of women in STEM academic careers declines up the ladder? what Government, Universities and the HE sector should be doing about it? where women who leave academia(…)

ScienceGrrl goes to Number 10

ScienceGrrl goes to Number 10

On 17th December, I took ScienceGrrl to Number 10 Downing Street for a roundtable on how to crack the issue of gender imbalance in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics). The location was impressive, not for the surroundings but for the real chance of progress offered by high-level discussions. Our place at the table signifies(…)

F1 for the girls!

F1 for the girls!

Peter Luff, MP sent ScienceGrrl a copy of the BBC Top Gear magazine article “So you want to work in F1?” – it was addressed to ‘schoolboys’. Worse, the associated graphic depicts an all-male F1 team – well, except for the female hospitality and media staff in short skirts. “Not helpful” he said, and we(…)

What do you see when you look in the mirror?

What do you see when you look in the mirror?

Back in July I was approached by Jaclyn Craig from the What I See project to ask for my involvement in their campaign on behalf of ScienceGrrl. She explained that they were bringing together women from all walks of life – creating a mosaic of self-expression, giving our unified voices power and inspiring connections with other(…)

Being 8 years old, staying 8 years old….

Being 8 years old, staying 8 years old….

I love how even the lab’s solutions room can provoke a state of wonder in someone who has never set foot in a library of chemicals before. The -80C freezer also gets a good reaction. That’s before we’re anywhere near the electrophysiology rig and confocal microscope. Having the chance to open someone’s eyes to the(…)

#MFScience survey – the results are in

#MFScience survey – the results are in

The 24 hour flash poll* was simply this – find a non-scientist and ask them to name famous scientists: one male, one female. Then we sat back as the answers came in. And they did! Thick and fast, mostly through Twitter but also via our Facebook page – and by generally bugging our own family(…)