Burnout – it’s real and here’s what you can do

Burnout is not a medical condition or an illness, yet it affects a large number of people in workforce. It is not uncommon for women with a myriad of roles and responsibilities across professional and personal spheres, to not recognise the early signs of burnout. In fact, it may happen that one experiences unusual symptoms … More Burnout – it’s real and here’s what you can do

Be your own hero

We are in the midst of a pandemic that threatens to undo the progress made towards increased diversity in STEMM. Simultaneously, an avalanche of misinformation has spread more rapidly than the virus itself and has the potential to do just as much, if not more, harm. Accurate, accessible and engaging communication of science is more … More Be your own hero

Owning your success and honouring your champions

A funny thing happened to me last week. After years of denial and deflection, I finally agreed to owning my success. Now this might seem like an odd statement, but I expect that the vast majority of women out there don’t, won’t or feel they aren’t deserving of their success or praise when they’re singled … More Owning your success and honouring your champions

Juggling in STEMM: international research success amidst cultural challenges and family responsibilities

I grew up in Daye, a countryside city of Hubei province in Central China, which traditionally, encouraged ‘male only’ attendance at schools. Thanks to my parents’ openness and support, together with my passion for science, as well as my stubbornness and persistence, I managed to overcome this cultural barrier, to become the only female of … More Juggling in STEMM: international research success amidst cultural challenges and family responsibilities

Culturally diverse women need a properly designed system to reach to STEMM leadership roles

A very recent report from Deakin University and Diversity Council Australia confirms that the number of women of diverse background in Australia’s top jobs is “extremely low”. This finding is nothing new (I discussed this in my previous article) but it at least indicates the increasing attention being paid to the matter of professional women of … More Culturally diverse women need a properly designed system to reach to STEMM leadership roles