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Join OWSD for International Day of Women and Girls in Science - Why Are you "Mad for Science"?

February 06, 2018

Sunday, 11 February is the UN International Day of Women and Girls in Science. OWSD invites you to participate on social media by telling us why you are #MadForScience.

On Sunday, 11 February, OWSD will observe the United Nations International Day of Women and Girls in Science.

This day was adopted because we need to tap into 100% of our potential to achieve sustainable development: we need more women working in all STEM fields, from computer science to mathematics and biology to engineering. As you know, achieving this requires a change in attitudes and challenging stereotypes.

In this spirit, OWSD has chosen to flip the stereotype of the "Mad Scientist" on its head, and instead ask you to tell us why you are "Mad for Science" -- that is, what makes you passionate about science? What excites you and makes your work fun?

All women scientists are invited to join the conversation by  contributing to our social media campaign: between now and February 11, simply upload a photo or a short video of yourself to your social media accounts, explaining the above, with the hashtags #Madforscience and, to join in the UNESCO campaign to encourage girls to enter STEM careers, #ChooseScience. "Action shots" of you in your lab or office, giving a presentation, or teaching are especially encouraged. We also invite you to print the poster available for download below, and hold it in your photo or video.

If you do not have a social media account of your own, you can still participate by sending your submission to the Communications Officer Erin Johnson at and it will be posted on our OWSD accounts.

We here at OWSD look very much forward to seeing your photos and videos and showing the world how many impressive women scientists are doing invaluable work all around the world.

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