Join virtually as we celebrate the upcoming International Day of Women and Girls in Science on ThursdayFebruary 10, 2022. Become part of the conversation by following #WomenInScience on Instagram!

In 2015, UNESCO and UN Women established an annual day to honour the important role women and girls play in science and technology. Together they are making a global call to “smash stereotypes, defy gender biases and defeat discrimination that hold women and girls back in STEM fields.” 

At BC Children’s Hospital and B.C. Women's Hospital & Health Centre, we are proud to support our inspiring female leaders who are making groundbreaking discoveries and innovations in research. At this unique evening event, we will be showcasing the important contributions of six of these women. 

Presented by BC Children's Hospital Research Institute, Women's Health Research Institute and BC Mental Health & Substance Use Services Research Institute


7:00–8:00 pm: Celebrating Success — Hear from six women who are paving the way for research in health sciences.

Meet the 2022 Women in Science Faculty!

  • Dr. Shazhan Amed, Clinical Professor, Department of Pediatrics, UBC; Investigator and Head, Division of Endocrinology, BC Children’s Hospital 
  • Dr. Roxana Geoffrion, Associate Professor, Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, UBC; Program Director, Advanced Training Program in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery, UBC 
  • Jennifer Murray, Graduate Student, School of Population and Public Health, UBC 
  • Dr. Tonia L. Nicholls, Professor, Department of Psychiatry, UBC; President-Elect International Association of Forensic Mental Health Service; Investigator, BC Children's Hospital & BC Mental Health & Substance Use Services
  • Dr. Melissa Woodward, Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Pediatrics, UBC
  • Moderator: Dr. Lori Brotto, Professor, Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, UBC; Canada Research Chair, Women’s Sexual Health; Executive Director, Women’s Health Research Institute, Investigator, BCCHR; Head & Professor, Department of Pediatrics, UBC

8:00–9:00 pm: Unlimited Potential Panel — Learn more about our presenters including what inspired them to pursue a career in science and what stereotypes or other gender-based barriers they faced. This will be an open conversation so be prepared to ask questions! 

Learn more about the 2021 Women in Science Faculty!
  • Amy Inkster, Graduate Student, Robinson Research Team, BCCHR — Read her profile here.
  • Dr. Bhavi Modi, Research Associate, Turvey Lab, BCCHR — Read her profile here.
  • Dr. Gina Ogilvie, Investigator, BCCHR; Physician, BC Women’s Hospital & Health Centre; Assistant Director, WHRI; Senior Public Health Scientist, BCCDC; Professor, School of Population & Public Health, UBC — Read her profile here.
  • Dr. Patricia Spittal, Investigator, BCCHR; Head & Professor, Division of Health in Populations, School of Population and Public Health, UBC; Associate Director for Research, Centre for Excellence in Indigenous Health
  • Dr. Cynthia Verchere, Investigator, BCCHR; Head & Clinical Professor, Division of Plastic Surgery, UBC — Read her profile here.
  • Dr. Allison Eddy, Investigator, BCCHR; Head & Professor, Department of Pediatrics, UBC — Read her profile here

Interested in Participating?

Women in Science will be held on the evening of Thursday, February 10 (7:00 - 9:00 pm). 

The format of this event (virtual or in-person), will be decided in early January. If in-person, it will be held at BC Children's Hospital Research Institute, 950 West 28th Avenue, Vancouver, BC

Registration is open to high school students, university students and members of the general public. The curriculum and discussion will be targeted for a grade 10–12 education level. 

Registration will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis. Space is limited to 200 participants.

Registration Form

Registration for this event will open in January 2022. 

Please note: all emails related to this event will be sent from Previously, participants had reported that our emails were being sent to their spam/junk folder. This was especially prevalent for Gmail and school domain emails. If you have any concerns about receiving email notifications from us, please contact

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