Dr Anna Zecharia

Reflections on #womensmarchlondon

By Dr Anna Zecharia / January 22, 2017

 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…

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Does brain size matter: time to stop this nonsense

By Dr Anna Zecharia / February 14, 2014

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…

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Response to “Women in Scientific Careers” report

By Dr Anna Zecharia / February 6, 2014

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…

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ScienceGrrl goes to Number 10

By Dr Anna Zecharia / December 26, 2013

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…

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F1 for the girls!

By Dr Anna Zecharia / December 2, 2013

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…

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What do you see when you look in the mirror?

By Dr Anna Zecharia / September 23, 2013

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…

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Being 8 years old, staying 8 years old….

By Dr Anna Zecharia / May 15, 2013

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…

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#MFScience survey – the results are in

By Dr Anna Zecharia / August 29, 2012

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…

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