Each year to celebrate International Women’s Day, we award our Wellcome Genome Campus Best Practice Awards for Supporting Women in Science.
Lindsey Crosswell (Head of External Relations, EMBL-EBI)
Lindsey has been recognised for her outstanding contribution to developing the Equality in Science programme on Campus over several years. Lindsey’s colleagues describe her as incredibly supportive, approachable and inspirational. As a result of her influence, a specialist Gender Project Officer was appointed at EMBL-EBI for the first time in 2016, a role that has since expanded to include all aspects of equality and diversity. Lindsey was also instrumental in encouraging a similar role to be appointed at EMBL Heidelberg in 2019. Lindsey supported EMBL as the founding Chair of the new EIROForum Diversity & Inclusiveness adhoc working group in 2018.
Ireena Dutta (Head of Strategy, Connecting Science)
Ireena has been recognised for her passion for equality and diversity in science, which is reflected in everything she does. Ireena’s encouragement of women returning from or going on maternity leave is supported by her absolute resolve that having a family should in no way impact a woman’s career. Ireena’s colleagues called for more advocates like Ireena, not only in science but in all organisations. Ireena is an inspiration – she is an outstanding supporter of career development and excels at finding and nurturing talent.
Hannah Hurst (Project Manager, ELIXIR)
Hannah received multiple nominations from team members and colleagues, who recognised her for volunteering to take responsibility for equality and diversity across the ELIXIR Hub, going above and beyond her role as project manager. She worked on producing an Equal Opportunities Strategy document for use across ELIXIR’s international nodes and successfully piloted the ELIXIR Code of Conduct at several events.
Special Commendations from the panel went to:
Sean Laidlaw (Bioinformatician, Sanger)
Sean has gone above and beyond his roles at Sanger in helping to lead and grow the LGBTQ Network on campus. He has been a visible role model, ensuring he is available at all seminars, networking and social events to support his peers.
Hannah Currant (PhD student, EMBL-EBI and Sampurna Mukherjee (PhD student, EMBL-EBI)
Sampurna and Hannah have been jointly nominated for their efforts in running a series of group mentoring events for the benefit of staff on campus. These sessions provide informal opportunities to build a support system and a community of peers, with a special focus on the roles and challenges faced by women and minorities in STEM.
Harriet Craven (Senior Software Developer, Sanger)
Harriet has been nominated for her outreach work in encouraging girls to get involved in STEM. Through both Code Club group, and more recently a project funded by one of the Public Engagement Enabling Fund projects, she looks for new ways to engage girls with computer science from a young age.
Paul Flicek, Senior Scientist and Team Leader, EMBL-EBI
Paul was recognised for his ongoing and sustained activities across EMBL-EBI in the areas of gender balance, equality and diversity. He provides championship of inclusivity issues at senior management level and works tirelessly to support and promote female leaders.
Sara El-Gebali, Scientific Database Coordinator, EMBL-EBI
Sara won the award for her energy and hard work in supporting the establishment of the LGBT+ Campus Network. She has been instrumental in raising awareness and has been the driving force behind a wide range of initiatives, including LGBT+ in STEM Day and LGBT+ History Month.
Carl Anderson, Group Leader and Director of Graduate Studies, Sanger Institute
Carl received multiple nominations from his team for his work creating an inclusive, welcoming and supportive working environment for everyone within and beyond his team. He is recognised by many as a champion for gender equality and inclusivity.
Special commendations were given to:
Alison King (Executive Assistant to the COO, GRL) for her support to her team and others with flexible working and parent carer responsibilities.
Carla Jones (Post-Doctoral Fellow, Sanger Institute) and Maya Ghoussaini (Team Leader, Open Targets) for being the driving force behind the campus-wide Parent and Carers Network and their dedication and support to raising awareness, providing practical support and a platform for discussion and networking.
Elspeth Bruford, Coordinator of HUGO Gene Nomenclature Committee, EMBL-EBI
Elspeth was nominated by multiple team members with powerful personal stories relating to how she has supported the women in her team over the years, and at all stages of their careers.
Genny Kiff, Interim CFO, Sanger Institute
Genny was nominated for being an inspirational role model, having a no-nonsense approach and being a strong supporter of the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion programme of work.
Treasa Creavin, Scientific Programme Manager, Connecting Science
Treasa was nominated for her instrumental role in developing and implementing the Advanced Courses and Scientific Conferences Gender Balance Policy. This policy ensures that there is an equal number of invited male and female speakers, resulting in an increase in the percentage of female speakers in the 2018 programme from 30% to 50%.
Ele Zeggini from the Sanger Institute
Ele was nominated for being an exemplary role model and providing leadership and influence that has delivered tangible working practices at the Institute and driving a perceptible cultural shift in the attitudes towards women in the workplace, which has permeated throughout the organisation.
Helen Parkinson of EMBL-European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI)
Helen was nominated for actively supporting measures known to benefit women, including flexible working hours and improved maternity leave and providing guidance on how to better balance work/home life, striving for excellence in both.
Robert Petryszak of EMBL-EBI
Robert, a Team Leader at the EBI was nominated for embedding flexible working as a key feature into his team culture and empowering his staff to ensure an optimal work-life balance.
Sumana Sharma of the Sanger Institute
Sumana, a PhD student, was recognised for being a real inspiration to others by being a tireless voice for equality, and also demonstrating that you can be a woman in science champion from the outset.
John Overington of EMBL-European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI)
John received his award for supporting parents by encouraging a healthy work-life balance.
Laura Huckins of the Wellcome Sanger Institute
Laura received her award for inclusiveness and dedication to championing STEM careers.