Mind the gender gap: why women must still fight for equality in science

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Mind the gender gap: why women must still fight for equality in science

By Hazel Hall, Edinburgh Napier University

This article of mine is republished from The Conversation on 14th October 2014. Many thanks to Steve Vass working with me on this. It’s great to be an author for The Conversation having learnt about the site at the Digital Personhood network meeting in March 2014.

What was the greatest astronomical discovery of the 20th century? Some would say pulsars – highly magnetised, rotating neutron stars emitting beams of electromagnetic radiation. The scientific world was informed of these in a paper published by Nature in 1968.

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Digital Personhood network: review of first meeting, 6-7 March 2014

Digital Economy logoIn 2012 I was a member of the 12-person panel that reviewed the £130 million investment in Research Councils UK’s Digital Economy (DE) programme. The main remit of the panel was to consider the full range of DE projects funded to date. These ranged from doctoral studies based across UK universities, to the large collections of projects hosted at the three DE hubs: (1) Horizon at the University of Nottingham; (2) dot.rural at the University of Aberdeen; and (3) the social inclusion through the digital economy (SiDE) projects at the Universities of Newcastle and Dundee. The review panel’s findings are available in its report hosted on the EPSRC web site.

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