Getting female scientists to the top

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Weizmann UK Executive Director, Sheridan Gould with Lady Sieff, Dr Noga Zilkha, Lady Lipworth and Dame Stephanie Shirley at our Women in Science Lunch.

Supporters of Weizmann UK have once again given generously to support the Weizmann Institute of Science’s innovative programme that financially assists the most promising Israeli women scientists to complete their postdoctoral training overseas. £50,000 was raised by the Women in Science lunch which was attended by over 100 supporters. The lunch was kindly hosted at the St John’s Wood home of Lady Rosa Lipworth CBE.

The title of the event was We Need to Talk about Autism and we were privileged to be joined by Dr Noga Zilkha from the Weizmann Institute to give an insight into the latest autism research taking place at the Institute. IT entrepreneur and philanthropist, Dame Stephanie Shirley gave an inspirational account of her life from Kinder Transport refugee to successful business woman. She spoke movingly on her experiences in raising an autistic child and her philanthropic response to that.

The appeal to support the Weizmann Institute’s Women in Science programme was made by Arabella Duffield. The programme which this year celebrates its 10th year has so far funded 116 women to undertake their postdoctoral studies at leading international Institutions. Of the 62 women who have so far completed their fellowships, 51 have gone on to lead their own labs – 43 of them in Israel.

Professor Daniella Goldfarb (Department of Chemical Physics) runs the Women in Science programme at the Weizmann Institute which is open to women across Israel. She said: “The award gives these women an edge in their ability to perform their research – giving them the peace of mind that they can make this leap without it being a big financial risk. It also expresses the fact that we think they are worth investing in, so it gives them a vote of confidence.”

See the Women in Science 2017 photo gallery.


Published: October 11, 2017

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