SeminBar is public lecture series featuring international scientists talking about their research emphasizing engaging key scientific concepts and visions relevant to molecular systems engineering in a format understandable to a wider audience.

The SeminBar is held at SUD in Basel in English and starts at 6 pm. It is open to the public. Accompanying the talk is a live music act, a buffet dinner and drinks at the bar. Free entrance!

Gender equality in science: why is it taking so long?

Tue, 25 June, 18.00

Paul Walton, Department of Chemistry, University of York, UK

Over nearly all scientific organisations, across every country and across time one finds that the progression of women in research/academia is significantly hindered when compared to men.  Such a universal truth represents an enormous loss of talent, including in our very own bioinorganic community.

Recent years have seen some progress in understanding the principal factors behind this phenomenon and there has been some progress in new schemes which are designed to address the lack of women in senior scientific positions.  These schemes have also met with some resistance which, in itself, has been revealing of the reasons why there is such a difference in the progression rates of men and women in science.  This presentation discusses some of those resistances: why they arise; what they reveal about gender (in)equality in our universities, laboratories, groups; and—most importantly—what can be done about them.

Previous SeminBar speakers

© Nicola Gnesi. Courtesy Fondazione Henraux.

28 March 2019: Mario Botta
Mario Botta, architect, talked about "Mario Botta: The architecture of the sacred".

3 May 2018: Prof. Thomas Heinemann
Thomas Heinemann, Philosophisch-Theologische Hochschule Vallendar talked about "Life as a construct - the ethics of synthetic biology".

6 March 2018: PD Dr. Sonja Kleinlogel
Sonja Kleinlogel, University of Bern talked about "When light and viruses may heal us: a glimpse behind the scenes of clinical research".

2 November 2017: Prof. Bradley Hyman
Bradley Hyman, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School talked about "Alzheimer’s disease: snapshots from the journey towards a cure".

25 January 2017: Prof. Dirk Trauner
Dirk Trauner, New York University (NYU) talked about “Synthetic Photobiology”.

30 November 2016: Prof. Anthony J. Ryan
Anthony J. Ryan, University of Sheffield talked about "3 Millenia of Condoms".

20 September 2016: Prof. Cees Dekker
Cees Dekker, Delft University of Technology talked about "What is life, and how does life differ from non-life?".

10 May 2016: Dr. Philipp Holliger
Philipp Holliger, MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology talked about "A Synthetic Biology Approach to Abiogenesis".

26 November 2015: Dr. Philippe Marlière
Philippe Marlière, founder of Synthetic- and Xeno-Biology talked about “Accept No Limits”.

28 October 2015: Prof. Andreas Plückthun
Andreas Plückthun, University of Zurich talked about "Influencing cells with man-made proteins".

Prof. Dr. Markus Antonietti's artistic vision of artificial trees producing energy.

7 May 2015: Prof. Markus Antonietti
Markus Antonietti, Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces talked about "Black and Orange Magic".

DNA Origami Wallpaper

14 January 2015: Prof. Hendrik Dietz
Hendrik Dietz, TU Munich talked about “Molecular Systems Engineering with DNA”.

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