PATROLS celebrates International Women in Science Day

The PATROLS celebrated the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, with a look at the scientists that drive the project.

PATROLS brings strong representation of women within its delivery, including the coordinator, Professor Shareen Doak and 6 of the 8 Work Package leaders.

The project is also supporting women through its Early Career Research Network, which is chaired by Drs Samantha Llewellyn & Angela Kaempfer, with Awards including ISAM young researcher award to Dr Hana Barosova (Adolphe Merkle Institute) and Best Oral Presentation Award at the Nanosafety Cluster Annual Conference 2019 to Dr Kirsty Meldrum (Swansea University).

Professor Shareen Doak, Swansea University (UK)

Shareen Doak is Professor of Genotoxicology and Cancer in Swansea University Medical School and leads the In Vitro Toxicology Group. Shareen is a UK and EUROTOX Registered Toxicologist, an invited Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology (FRSB), an elected Fellow of the Learned Society of Wales (FLSW) and Editor-in-Chief of the Mutagenesis Journal.

Professor Barbara Rothen-Rutishauser, Adolphe Merkle Institute, University of Fribourg (CH)

As Professor of BioNanomaterials, Barbara is an expert in the field of cell-nanoparticle interactions in the lung, with a special focus on 3D lung cell models and various microscopy techniques such as laser scanning and transmission electron microscopy. She published > 270 peer-reviewed papers and is an associate editor of the journal "Particle and Fibre Toxicology". Barbara is the Faculty Delegate for the Advancement of Young Researchers and Women within the NCCR Bio-Inspired Stimuli-Responsive Materials and the recipient for the 2019 Materials Today Agents of Change Award with two colleagues.

Professor Vicki Stone, University of Heriot-Watt (UK)

Vicki is Director of the Institute of Biological Chemistry, Biophysics and Bioengineering and an elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, the Royal Society of Chemistry and the Royal Society of Edinburgh, as well as an Honorary Principal Scientist at the Institute of Occupational Medicine. She has published over 130 publications on particle toxicology and was recently recognised by Thomson Reuters as one of the top 1% of all researchers in the world for the most cited publications in the field of Pharmacology and Toxicology.

 Professor Martina Vijver, Leiden University (NL)

As Professor at the Institute of Environmental Sciences, Martina's research field is in Ecotoxicology. Obtaining realistic predictions and measurements of how existing and emerging nanomaterials and chemicals potentially affect our natural environment and the organisms living therein is essential to provide the necessary tools to assess and mitigate ecosystem threats. She has more than 137 peer-reviewed publications to her name and is (co-) founder of the Researchers in Science for Equality network, a platform for female scientists at the Faculty of Science.

 Dr Anna Costa, CNRS (IT)

Since 2008, Anna has been a researcher at the ISTEC-CNR Faenza (Institute of Science and Technology for Ceramics, former IRTEC, Istituto di Ricerche Tecnologiche per la Ceramica) with a permanent position, Materials and Processing for Energy Applications Group. Her focus is on research and development of innovative processes for the synthesis and functionalization of ceramic nano powders; synthesis and characterization of colloidal systems applied to surface functionalization (coating, core-shell structures, granulation), to casting processes and pre-sintering treatments

Dr Claire Skentelbery, Nanotechnology Industries Association (BE)

Claire has worked within international science and industrial associations since her PhD in biochemistry. She was part of the founding team behind the Council of European BioRegions (CEBR), becoming Network Manager and moving CEBR from Cambridge UK to Brussels, and was also Secretary General of the European Biotechnology Network. She became Director General of the Nanotechnology Industries Association in January 2017.