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FEC Dialogue with Female Scientists: Celebrating the International Day of Women and Girls in Science

“Only by tapping into all sources of knowledge, all sources of talent, can we unlock the full potential of science, and rise to the challenges of our time.

– Audrey Azoulay, UNESCO Director-General”


The International Day of Women and Girls in Science began with a UN resolution in 2015. The Day, on February 11th, aims to amplify the critical role that women and girls can and do play in science and technology. Its mission is to address the gender gap in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) fields. 11 February 2023 marks the ninth celebration of International Day of Women and Girls in Science.

International Women’s Day, dated on 8 March, is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating women’s equality. It has occurred for well over a century.

FEC Dialogue with Female Scientists:

Future Earth Coasts celebrate these days by launching the interview series ‘FEC Dialogue with Female Scientists’. We invited female scientists at different career stages around the globe to share their stories and reflect on challenges and opportunities they encountered in their career paths. Stories from the interviewees are a snapshot of the current situation. We learnt not only their passion and dedication to coastal research, but also realized existing barriers in promoting gender equity and the necessary to make women’s voices heard in the world.

Their scientific work paved the way for young girls who want to engage in STEM to build a fairer and more equal future. We want to inspire young women to bravely pursue their professional career paths.

We would like to thank the following FEC researchers for sharing their stories with us:

  • Carmen Elrick-Barr – Human geographer from University of the Sunshine Coast (Australia)
  • Sarah Kandrot – Head of Aerial Surveys at Green Rebel (an Irish company)
  • Lena Rölfer – PhD candidate from Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht (Germany)
  • Viola van Onselen – PhD Candidate from National Taiwan Normal University (Taipei, China)
  • Eirini Politi – Chair of Lagoons for Life Initiative (Germany)
  • Lin Yuan – Professor at State Key Laboratory of Estuarine and Coastal Research, East China Normal University (China)
  • Zhanghua Wang – Professor at State Key Laboratory of Estuarine and Coastal Research, East China Normal University (China)

The full text of interview will be released soon.

Please stay tuned!

ISSUE1 FEC Dialogue with Dr Sarah Kandrot: https://www.futureearthcoasts.org/fec-dialogue-with-female-scientists-dr-sarah-kandrot/

ISSUE2 FEC Dialogue with Dr Carmen Elrick-Barr: https://www.futureearthcoasts.org/dialogue-with-female-scientists-in-fec-dr-carmen-elrick-barr/

ISSUE3 FEC Dialogue with Dr Eirini Politi: https://www.futureearthcoasts.org/fec-dialogue-with-female-scientists-dr-eirini-politi/

ISSUE4 FEC Dialogue with Ms. Lena Rölfer: https://www.futureearthcoasts.org/fec-dialogue-with-female-scientist-ms-lena-rolfer/

ISSUE5 FEC Dialogue with Ms Viola van Onselen: https://www.futureearthcoasts.org/fec-dialogue-with-female-scientist-ms-viola-van-onselen/

ISSUE6 FEC Dialogue with Prof. Lin Yuan: https://www.futureearthcoasts.org/fec-dialogue-with-female-scientist-prof-lin-yuan/ 

ISSUE7 FEC Dialogue with Prof. Zhanghua Wang: https://www.futureearthcoasts.org/fec-dialogue-with-female-scientist-prof-zhanghua-wang/

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