Empowering and nurturing women in science

Head of Duke-NUS Medical School's Centre for Clinician-Scientist Development Koh Woon Puay (centre), who founded a year-long professional leadership training programme that aims to empower women clinician-scientists and scientists to succeed in their
Head of Duke-NUS Medical School's Centre for Clinician-Scientist Development Koh Woon Puay (centre), who founded a year-long professional leadership training programme that aims to empower women clinician-scientists and scientists to succeed in their research endeavours, with two of the participants, Dr Anita Chan (left) and Dr Wong Ting Hway.ST PHOTO: SEAH KWANG PENG

While there are more women in science and engineering than ever, the fields remain largely male-dominated, especially at the top. Two women are addressing this with initiatives aimed at giving their fellow women a career boost.

It all started with a lunch break during a research skills workshop for clinician-scientists in 2016.

Dr Koh Woon Puay, who hosted the event, and other female attendees had gathered for a bite to eat and noticed that out of the 30 or so participants at the event, only a third were women.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 08, 2018, with the headline 'Empowering and nurturing women in science'. Print Edition | Subscribe