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Announcing the 2016 Women in Science Summit

Nature Conservancy scientist Lauren Alleman makes a vegetation sample plot at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Reserve. Photo © Kevin Arnold

How do we get more women into science, technology, engineering and math careers? And once they’re there, how do we help them overcome gender bias in the workplace?

To help mentor rising young scientists through the challenges that women in science careers face, the California Academy of Sciences is holding the 2016 Women in Science Summit on January 28, 2016.

The one-day event is hosted by Dr. Heather Tallis, The Nature Conservancy’s acting chief scientist, Dr. Meg Lowman, director of global initiatives at the California Academy of Sciences, and Dr. Rita Mehta, assistant professor of ecology and evolutionary biology at UC Santa Cruz.

Speakers include: Jane Goodall (Gombe Reserve), Sylvia Earle (National Geographic Society Explorer-in-Residence), Dawn Wright (ESRI), Pam Matson (Stanford University), Jane Lubchenco (former head of NOAA), Kathy Sullivan (the first woman to walk in space) and others. These leaders will share stories from their careers with graduate and postdoctoral students from California universities, discussing early career strategy, work-life balance, salary negotiation, and hidden biases.

You can participate by tuning in to the event livestream on Google Hangouts or Youtube starting at 8:30 a.m. Pacific time on Thursday January 28. You can also follow Cool Green Science (@nature_brains) and the Cal Academy (@calacademy) on Twitter for live coverage. The event hashtag is #sciwomen16.

And if you’re interested in learning more about increasing diversity in conservation, read our previous coverage: Why Conservation Should Embrace a Diversity of People & Values and sign the petition for inclusive conservation.

Justine E. Hausheer

Justine E. Hausheer is an award-winning science writer for The Nature Conservancy, covering the innovative research conducted by the Conservancy’s scientists in the Asia Pacific region. She has a degree from Princeton University and a master's in Science, Health, and Environmental Reporting from New York University. Justine's favorite stories take her into pristine forests, desolate deserts, or far-flung islands to report on field research as it's happening. When not writing, you can find her traipsing after birds, attempting to fish, and exploring the wild places around her home in Brisbane, Australia. More from Justine

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