Sex in Science

The Sex in Science programme is a joint initiative of the Wellcome Trust 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.

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Programme overview

Programme overviewWe focus on science career development, instigate discussion, inspire researchers and drive change in current practices


Distinguished speakers

Distinguished speakersInterviews with leading researchers who shared their experiences and perspectives in our talk series


Further information

Further informationDetails of external talks/events about gender in science, as well as information on funding opportunities for women in science


Athena SWAN

Athena SWANIn April 2014, the Sanger Institute became one of the first research institutes to achieve the Athena SWAN Bronze award.


Programme activities

Programme activitiesWe hold a diverse range of events and activities as part of the programme, from workshops and seminars to plays and debates. We also have an annual Careers Day


Policies, benefits and change

Policies, benefits and changeThe Sanger Institute and EMBL-EBI have a large range of policies, benefits and provisions to support all staff and students


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