The Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine (LKCMedicine) has launched a new initiative known as Women in Science @ LKCMedicine. This initiative – aimed at empowering female researchers, creating equal opportunities and tackling barriers to support the new generation of women leaders in the field of science – is part of a larger initiative by Nanyang Technological University (NTU) called Women @ NTU.
Our School Management Board has supported the following principles underpinning the initiative:
- To ensure equity, inclusion, diversity, and belonging in LKCMedicine’s research communication spaces
- To promote excellence and fairness
- To reflect the values of the LKCMedicine research community
- To recognise that innovation and excellence requires a diversity of thought and experience
- To welcome and encourage participation by all members of the research community
- To nurture a culture of tolerance, support, and mutual respect
The WIS representatives will be planning several activities that will take place later this year. They include training opportunities held in partnership with Women @ NTU and the NTU career office, interactions with clinician-scientists from the National Healthcare Group, the launch of the WIS Distinguished speaker series, and the provision of childcare and travel subsidies for female academics attending overseas conferences, etc.
CONVERSATIONS ON SINGAPORE WOMEN’S DEVELOPMENT
Prof Helen Smith, Assoc Prof Joanne Ngeow, Asst Prof Marie Loh, and Asst Prof Christine Cheung participated in the “Conversations on Singapore Women’s Development” hosted by Senior Minister of State Janil Puthucheary. This is an ongoing effort initiated by the Ministry of Culture, Community, and Youth. While Singapore women have made tremendous progress over the years with the support of the community and Government, more can be done collectively to support, protect and uplift our women. Through these conversations, we hope to understand the aspirations of Singaporeans for our women, which will help us to cultivate a better and more inclusive society.
EMBO Laboratory Leadership Course
Spearheaded by Asst Prof Christine Wong, LKCMedicine is hosting the EMBO Laboratory Leadership Course which aims to explore with participants their approach to leadership and use this insight to define for each individual how they want to lead and manage their research groups or teams. The ultimate goal of the course is to boost research performance with effective leadership. Handy insights of how team members work best together, how to identify and resolve barriers to efficient operation, etc., as well as tips for effective hiring and interview, will be discussed. This is the first-ever EMBO Laboratory Leadership Course delivered for scientists in Singapore.
Women in Engineering, Science, and Technology Conference Grant
The WiEST Conference Grant was established in 2018 and supported by the Julia & Ken Gouw Foundation, NTU's College of Engineering, College of Science, and Lee Kong Chain School of Medicine, to facilitate networking and development opportunities for young females engineers and scientists to embark on their early careers. Recipients in this programme will receive a one-time Conference Grant of $3,000 to cover registration and travel expenditures to attend a technical and bonafide conference in their respective fields. This year Women in Science @ LKCMedicine will support two awards aiming at female participants in their 4th year of PhD or in their early career (within two years of the award of PhD Degree).