Women in Science

Gender, together with Youth, is essential to nurture a brighter and more equitable future, and both are cross-cutting themes in all of ICGEB’s activities. Here we bring together information on events and programmes that work to enhance gender parity in the ICGEB community and for the Life Sciences globally.

Feature story

Dr. Ambra Cappelletto, Cardiovascular Biology lab, ICGEB Trieste 

A passionate scientist, Ambra obtained her degree in Biology and Functional Genomics in Trieste, her Masters Degree in Genetics in Paris, following a Double Diploma program, and her PhD in Molecular Biology in 2019, after 4 years of fruitful research in the Cardiovascular Biology lab. She performed an ambitious screening in vivo of a library of 1200 factors in adeno-associated vectors (AAVs), to select the most potent protein able to modulate cancer cell migration.

Thanks to the accurate characterization of its anti-cancer function, the selected protein gained the enormous potential to become a biotherapeutic for cancer treatment.

ICGEB is part of the initiative within the United Nations (UN) System on gender and science, technology and innovation (STI). Initiatives aim at empowering women and girls in the field of STI through actions that include capacity building, information sharing, policy setting, and raising awareness.

ICGEB and the Government of India offer a programme targeting women scientists who have had to take a career break and wish to go back to mainstream science. First offered to Indian nationals, the programme is now being extended to women scientists from other ICGEB Member States. The programme focuses on awarding research grants for women to work in top-level laboratories and to support women scientists’ pursuit of independent R&D projects in the Life Sciences.

ICGEB, supported by the Government of South Africa, will open a 3-year capacity building programme to promote the participation of African women scientists in the field of Life Sciences.

The programme will provide fellowships, funding, and mentoring to support academic and professional careers of African women scientists, in order to enhance their research capacities and to foster the development of a thriving scientific community that is gender-balanced and inter-connected.

Research will focus on biotechnology topics relevant to the African Continent and will be carried out in the state-of-the-art laboratories at ICGEB in Cape Town.

The participation of researchers worldwide in ICGEB Meetings and Courses reflect a larger female presence (59% of all participants) and provide excellent opportunities for women scientists to interact directly with the international leaders of their scientific field.

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Margaret Otukile, HR Officer at ICGEB

Human Resources at ICGEB

Margaret Otukile recently joined ICGEB as Head of Human Resources, at HQ in Trieste, Italy. Her vision is to promote a culture of high performance, personal development and continuous learning across the Organisation.

For more information:
Marianna Maculan, Chief, External Relations
Email: [email protected]