WiSS 2021

1st Women in Science Symposium

4th and 5th of March 2021

Registration is open! 

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We are very excited to anticipate what WiSS 2021 has to offer. Along with virtual workshops, we are delighted to announce our speakers:

Keynote talks by:

  • Prof Magdalena Zernicka-Goetz – Mammalian Embryo and Stem Cell Group, University of Cambridge, UK. Bren Professor of Biology and Biological Engineering at California Institute of Technology (Caltech), Pasadena, California, USA.

  • Prof Maya Schuldiner - Department of Molecular Genetics, Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, Israel.

Three exciting sessions featuring speakers from academia, industry, and mainstream careers:


  • Dr Sushma-Nagaraja Grellscheid - Associate Professor at the University of Bergen, Norway and Assistant Professor at Durham University, UK.

  • Dr Dragomir Milovanovic, German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases (DZNE), Berlin.

  • Prof Alexandre Bonvin - Professor of Computational Structural Biology, Scientific Director of the Bijvoet Centre for Biomolecular Research, Utrecht University, The Netherlands.


  • Dr Pamela Williams – Senior Director, Molecular Sciences, Astex Pharmaceuticals.

  • Dr Carien Dekker, Senior Principal Scientist at Novartis, Basel.

  • Dr Alicja Czubaty - IT Expert Business Analyst, Roche Global IT Solution Centre.

  • Dr Stefan Merkl – Chief Scientific Officer & Co-Founder of CrystalsFirst GmbH.

Mainstream careers:

  • Dr Danielle Desravines – Grants Officer, European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) Grenoble, France, and Heidelberg, Germany.

  • Dr Karin Kuehnel - Senior Editor, Nature Communications. London, UK.

  • Dr Radika Patnala – Founder and Director Sci-Illustrate, Munich, Germany.

  • Dr Bianka Siwińska – CEO Perspektywy Education Foundation.

In addition, during the facts and figures session, we will learn about women in science and gender balance across Europe and in Poland through the talks of:

  • Dr Marem Jochimsen – Essen College of Gender Studies, Essen-Duisburg University, Germany. Vice-president of the European Platform of Women Scientists. 

  • Prof Gijsbert Stoet - Department of Psychology, University of Essex, England.

  • Dr Izabela Wagner - Associated Professor of Sociology at Collegium Civitas - Warsaw/Poland, Associated Researcher in DynamE - Dynamiques Européennes (L’UMR7367 - CNRS - Université de Strasbourg), Fellow ICM PARIS at the Institut Convergence Migration.

The cherry on the cake will be a round table discussion on the closing day of the symposium with speakers from different sessions.

Don’t miss the registration date, the upcoming WiSS website, and all you need to know to make the most of this unique event.

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IIMCB received funds from "Excellent science - support for scientific conferences" Ministry of Science and Higher Education programme for the organisation of 1st Women in Science Symposium. More: Ministry of Science and Higher Education programme.