Despite decades of progress, women working in science and technology continue to face overt or unconscious bias, outdated assumptions, and exclusion from informal networks. Women in these fields make less, are promoted less frequently, win fewer grants and are more likely to leave research than similarly qualified men (“Specials: Women in Science” Nature 495, 7 March 2013).
“According to the US National Science Foundation, women earn about half the doctorates in science and engineering in the United States but comprise only 21% of full science professors and 5% of full engineering professors. (“Science for All,” Nature495, 7 March 2013).”
To build on CIFAR’s goal of addressing complex challenges of importance to the world, we help create the future generation of research leaders by empowering early-career researchers to challenge societal, cultural, institutional and personal barriers to equity in the sciences. Through a series of workshops and events, CIFAR’s Global Academy will seek to provide researchers with the resources to develop their leadership skills and change the status quo.
Researchers from across the globe will participate in a series of hands-on activities that will build leadership and mentoring skills. Goals include learning to maximize personal leadership style, be an effective team builder, bridge cultural differences, prioritize competing demands and overcome barriers to success. Attendees will also expand their global network through participation in global cafes – intimate discussion groups with women leaders from around the world and across sectors – sharing personal stories, experiences and lessons learned in a relaxed environment.
The CIFAR Global Academy:
Young investigators play a critical role in driving change within the research landscape. The CIFAR Global Academy enables exceptional early career researchers from across Canada, and around the world, to engage with our networks, develop their leadership skills and act as catalysts for change beyond their academic environment.
Global Academy activities span a wide range of initiatives and engage young scholars at all levels – graduate, post-doctoral, assistant professor. The Global Academy leverages the inherent energy, enthusiasm and ability of young researchers to take a fresh look at problems and gives them the skills and opportunities to become tomorrow’s research leaders.