For society to grow, we must create equality and opportunity for all, and at Stemnovate, we believe that the diversity of our team helps us advance science.
Instead of forgetting and excusing the past, we should learn about the people who were denied opportunities but still managed to create impactful discoveries. One such person was Rosalind Franklin, who, against all adversaries, discovered one of the most significant findings of the 20th century. The discovery she made was of the double helix structure of DNA, which changed the course of science.
“In my view, all that is necessary for faith is the belief that by doing our best, we shall succeed in our aims: the improvement of mankind. – Rosalind Franklin.”
RUCHI SHARMA, PhD, CEO & FOUNDER STEMNOVATE LIMITED
There’s always that fear starting a career in science as a woman that you won’t be taken as seriously as your male colleagues. I feel very lucky to have my first job at Stemnovate – being part of a female led team has given me a lot of confidence.
I had a lot of inspiring women as lecturers and supervisors during university, I particularly admire Prof Cathie Rae and Prof Rachel Oliver, who has inspired me to want to succeed as a woman in STEM
JULIET BIARD, MATERIAL SCIENCE BA NATURAL SCIENCES, UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE
“Above all, don’t fear difficult moments. The best comes from them” – Rita Levi Montalcini
My career in STEM has been profoundly inspired by Rita Levi Montalcini, an Italian Nobel laureate born in my hometown. Once banned by Mussolini’s laws from working in academia, Rita set up a makeshift laboratory in her bedroom where, using scalpels constructed from sewing needles, she conducted experiments with chicken embryos to understand how embryonic nerves grow into a fully developed nervous system. This knowledge underpins current investigation into how these processes go wrong in diseases like dementia and cancer.
GIULIA BONETTO, SENIOR SCIENTIST, PHD NEUROSCIENCES, AIX-MARSEILLE UNIVERSITY, FRANCE
A woman I am inspired by is Greta Thunberg. Young people, female and male, are open taught to be ‘seen and not heard and to not challenge their elders. Greta however is not afraid to stand up to world leaders and fight for our environment for us and future generations. I believe many of us could learn from her courage and determination, myself included.
ABI PARNELL: HR ADMINISTRATOR
AT STEMNOVATE DIVERSITY IS OUR STENGTH
“Let us develop respect for all living things. Let us try to replace violence and intolerance with understanding and compassion. And love.” – Jane Goodall
For me, renowned primatologist Jane Goodall has always stood out as a revolutionary figure in science, she poured humanity into her dedication to her field, and in doing so achieved wonderful things. I think that her influence is none so important as it is now, where compassion and empathy seem set aside in the pursuit of greatness, she taught that compassion and empathy are necessary for greatness.