Do I have to act like a man to succeed in science?

Posted on 28/04/2021 in Success Stories


Gender and Science Meet 2021

Do I have to act like a man to succeed in science?

Tuesday 9th February 2021 2.30 - 4.30 pm CET

On the occasion of the Gender and Science Meet 2021, the Alba Network and the Heidelberg Pain Consortium partnered to organise an online mentoring workshop.

In the recent times, there has been increasing awareness to enhance the gender equality in leadership in science. Several actions are based on a distorted bias of the conventional male leader’s approach being assertive, goal and task-oriented, which is displayed as being superior to `soft´ feminine traits: insightful, empathetic, integrative and relationship-oriented. For a long time, women have been given the impression that they have to develop typically ‘male’ characteristics to reach higher positions, leading to inner turmoil and insecurity regarding ‘Do I have to act like a man to succeed in science?’.

In this panel discussion between leading female scientists and young investigators, the invited speakers tackled how a diversity of behavioural, social and leadership attributes and attitudes can best be harnessed to create a professionally-balanced and successful environment, with a perspective to foster gender equality in science leadership.

During this session, each panelist talked about their experience regarding the topic. The discussion was followed by a Q&A with the audience.


Gender Meets science picture 2021


 This is an Alba Network and the Heidelberg Pain Consortium joint event.

Organizers and Moderators of the event: Prof Rohini Kuner and Prof Carmen Sandi 

Coordination: Pooja Gupta (Heidelberg Pain Consortium coordinator), Mathilde Maughan & Lauriane Nallet (ALBA Office)

For enquiries, please contact:


Heidelberg pain consortium