Well-chosen personal histories and statistical data help investigate why female scientists are still a minority in the U.S.
With pain in our movie hearts we need to inform you that, due to the recently tightened Covid-19 measures, the InScience Film Festival in Natlab Eindhoven has to be canceled. There is a bright spot though; you can watch most films of the InScience Film Festival online.
Language: English, no subtitles
Ever wonder why female scientists are still a minority in the U.S.? In their eye-opening documentary Picture a Scientist, directors Sharon Shattuck and Ian Cheney employ well-chosen personal histories and statistical data to investigate the issue and suggest ways to ameliorate the situation.
Along with stories of explicit harassment, implicit gender (and racial) bias and entrenched institutional discrimination, the film also spotlights the bold and inspiring scientific luminaries who are changing the culture of science and providing new perspectives on how to make it more diverse, equitable and open to all.
After the documentary
After the documentary, a panel discusses the issues addressed in the documentary. The panel consists of Sareh Heydari, Dan Jing Wu, and Eva de Bruijn. Sareh Heydari is originally from Iran and has studied mechanical engineering BSc in Tehran and MSc in Milan, Italy. She’s about to finish a PDEng Mechatronic Systems Design program at TU/e. She has been part of the Eindhoven Feminist initiative, The Wave Eindhoven, since it was founded on April 2019 and is responsible for the events of the organization related to women in STEM. She’s also a member of the WISE (Women In Science Eindhoven) Network.
Eva de Bruijn is a social designer and local politician for GroenLinks in Eindhoven. In 2018, she finished her master Industrial Design at Eindhoven University of Technology. In her work, she combines social design and politics to tackle societal problems collectively, with all people and parties that are involved. In this process, she makes sure that everyone feels heard and can participate. In the city council, she is working with other female politicians on an initiative that aims to encourage women to become politically active.
Dan Jing Wu is a PhD candidate at TU/e, aiming with her research to emulate the complexity of a beating heart with molecules and 3D printing techniques. She is one of the ‘Faces of Science’ of the KNAW (Koninklijke Nederlandse Akademie van Wetenschappen) and appears in Dutch media frequently. One of her reasons for doing outreach is her belief in the importance of representation of (young) women in the media to overturn stereotypes surrounding scientists.
InScience Film Festival
This program is a collaboration with Natlab Eindhoven and InScience film festival. InScience is one of the biggest science film festivals in Europe and is unique to The Netherlands. The festival focuses on the interface between film, science and society. The program consists of science films, debates and an educational program for children and young adults.