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'Picture a Scientist' film screening for International Women's Day

(12 February 2021)

We have secured a 72-hour screening of the documentary film 'Picture a Scientist'. The film was selected for the Tribeca Film Festival 2020. It chronicles the challenges that women scientists (in the US) have faced in academia, including explicit descriptions of harassment, implicit gender and racial bias, and entrenched institutional discrimination. It also focuses on the role of active bystanders and also how policies in relation to equal rights in universities have changed over time. The film will be available to watch from 12pm Friday 5 March to 12pm Monday 8 March, and will be followed by an interactive panel discussion at 1pm-2pm on 8 March (International Women's Day). Durham University staff and students can sign up to receive a link here.

The feature-length documentary film 'Picture a Scientist' chronicles the groundswell of researchers who are writing a new chapter for women scientists. A biologist, a chemist and a geologist lead viewers on a journey deep into their own experiences in the sciences, overcoming brutal harassment, institutional discrimination, and years of subtle slights to revolutionize the culture of science. From cramped laboratories to spectacular field stations, we also encounter scientific luminaries who provide new perspectives on how to make science itself more diverse, equitable, and open to all.

*Panel Discussion 1-2pm Monday 8 March*

Following the screening, for International Women’s Day, we will be hosting an interactive panel discussion/Q&A. The panel will consist of scientists (staff and students) from a range of career stages and departments at Durham University who will reflect on their experiences and how they resonate with, or depart from, themes in the film. Speakers will also discuss initiatives to increase diversity and inclusion in the sciences at Durham University. Questions for the panel can be submitted in advance or through the chat function. Sign up on the Google form (link above) and a link will be sent to you for the Zoom meeting by Friday 5 March.

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