Join us as we celebrate the upcoming International Day of Women and Girls in Science on ThursdayFebruary 8, 2024. 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 BC 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.

Our Women in Science evening strives to empower the community and promote an equitable and inclusive learning environment. We interpret women in the broadest sense and respect all ways in which people choose to self-identify including female-identified, agender, non-binary and women across the LGBTQIA2S+ spectrum. People of all genders are welcome to participate. 

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


7:00 – 8:30 pm: Hear from six women who are paving the way for research in health sciences.

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 2023 Women in Science Faculty!
  • Ms. Vriti Bhagat, Doctoral Student, Verchere Research, UBC Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine and BC Children's Hospital Research Institute | In her words
  • Dr. Amanda Butler, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Nicholls Research Team, UBC Department of Psychiatry and BC Mental Health and Substance Use Services | In her words
  • Dr. Astrid Christoffersen-Deb, Investigator, BC Children's Hospital; Medical Director, Population and Global Health, BC Women's Hospital & Health Centre; Clinical Associate Professor, UBC Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology | In her words
  • Dr. Annalijn I. Conklin, Assistant Professor, UBC Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences; Scientist, Centre for Health Evaluation & Outcome Sciences | In their words
  • Ms. Sandy Tatla, Investigator, BC Children’s Hospital; Clinical Assistant Professor, UBC Department of Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy | In her words
  • Session Moderator: Dr. Julie Robillard, Scientist in Patient Experience, BC Children's & Women's Hospitals; Assistant Professor of Neurology, UBC Department of Medicine | In her words

Interested in Participating?

Registration for Women in Science is open to high school students, university students and members of the general public. People of all genders are welcome. Registration details will be posted late 2023. 

For 2024, we will have two ways to participate in this event:

  • In-Person: Engage with our inspiring leaders in-person at BC Children's Hospital. In-person participants will be invited to join us for a networking reception before the event for the opportunity to interact with panelists. Light refreshments will be provided. 
  • Virtually Live: Engage with our inspiring leaders online in real-time. 

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