Sidra Medicine hosted its first 'Women in Science' workshop on the second day of its Functional Genomics Symposium 2018.
The event featured an array of scientists including Prof Dame Kay Davies, professor of genetics from Oxford University, UK; Dr Elizabeth Ross, professor, Neurology and Neuroscience from Weill Cornell Medicine, New York; Dr Elizabeth Phimister, deputy editor of the New England Journal of Medicine, US; Prof Mariam al-Ali al-Maadeed, vice president of research and graduate studies, Qatar University; and Dr Souhaila al-Khodor, research investigator from Sidra Medicine.
The panellists highlighted their main motivation for joining the science and research fields, the challenges they had to overcome and what it took for them to be successful in their careers.
The conference scientific committee also awarded Prof Davies, as the inaugural Sidra Medicine plenary lecturer and for her contribution to science, medicine and training of future scientists.
Workshop organiser and moderator Dr Bernice Lo who is a research investigator at Sidra Medicine said: “We are incredibly honoured to have amongst us a spectrum of distinguished, accomplished and inspiring female scientists and researchers. Our main aim for the Women in Science workshop was to empower and encourage young women, especially in Qatar, pursuing careers in science. Awarding Prof Davies was especially momentous as her contribution to science and genetics will have a key impact on future generations of young scientists.”
Moderator Kholoud al-Shafai said: “As a young researcher at Sidra Medicine, I was very excited to hear from our female trail-blazers. The workshop clearly showcased that despite the challenges and obstacles we face as women in science, success is absolutely possible. I was particularly interested in Prof Mariam al-Maadeed’s insights, as a Qatari woman leading the way in the field of science.”