The University is holding a screening and panel discussion of a ground-breaking new film about gender equality in STEM, called ‘Picture a Scientist’.

Led by the office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation), the Faculty of Science, Medicine and Health (SMAH) and the Human Resources team, the film is complementary to the University’s strategic equity and diversity activities and highlights the lived experience of academic women in STEM.

Movie Synopsis

Picture a Scientist chronicles the groundswell of researchers who are writing a new chapter for women scientists. Biologist Nancy Hopkins, chemist Raychelle Burks, and geologist Jane Willenbring lead viewers on a journey deep into their own experiences in the sciences, ranging from brutal harassment to years of subtle slights. Along the way, from cramped laboratories to spectacular field stations, we encounter scientific luminaries – including social scientists, neuroscientists, and psychologists – who provide new perspectives on how to make science itself more diverse, equitable, and open to all.

Picture a Scientist was an official selection of the 2020 Tribeca Film Festival, postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The film’s virtual theatrical run reached 47 theaters across the USA in June 2020, and raised money for two organizations advancing women of colour in STEM. The film is currently available for virtual community screenings, and plans are in progress for broadcast and streaming distribution in the coming months.

Viewer warning: Some content about harassment and bullying may be emotionally confronting for some viewers.

Film screening and panel discussion

Viewable anytime from Monday 12 October at 4pm – Thursday 15 October at 4pm.

There will be a ‘group viewing’ with a Zoom chat room on Thursday 15 October at 2 pm, immediately followed by the panel discussion.

Please register to view the film by Friday 9 October.

Film trailer

View the trailer here.