Sex in Science overview

Sex in Science overview

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The Sex in Science programme is a joint initiative of the Wellcome Sanger Institute and the EMBL-European Bioinformatics Institute (EBI) that aims to generate discussion and raise awareness about issues traditionally facing women in science, and to drive policy and practice changes to redress them.

Internationally, women are represented in diminishing proportions as career levels progress and significant numbers of women leave science altogether. Commensurate with societal and cultural shifts, the issues that cause this well-recognised leaky pipeline now affect not only female scientists, but increasingly also men in science. In our Sex in Science Programme we explore these issues, look to inspire researchers, develop discussion and drive change in current practices and policy.


The programme was developed in 2011 by Professor Ele Zeggini. Its working group is comprised of approximately 20 women and men from the Wellcome Sanger Institute and the EMBL-European Bioinformatics Institute (EBI). It aims to:

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  • raise awareness of issues facing women (and increasingly men) in science
  • address and challenge preconceptions
  • inspire women and men at different stages of their scientific careers to progress to senior levels
  • foster constructive discussion
  • inform and drive change in current practices and policy at the institutional level
  • explore and evaluate areas of partnership with other Institutes
  • communicate activities in this area externally.

These objectives require long-term effort and we have the firm commitment and support of the Sanger Institute and EMBL-EBI directorates to continue with this work into the future.


For further information contact Dr Saher Ahmed: