Join us virtually as we celebrate the upcoming International Day of Women and Girls in Science on ThursdayFebruary 9, 2023. 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.

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 2022 Women in Science Faculty!
  • Dr. Shazhan Amed, Clinical Professor, Department of Pediatrics, UBC; Investigator and Head, Division of Endocrinology, BC Children’s Hospital — Read her profile here.
  • Dr. Roxana Geoffrion, Associate Professor, Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, UBC; Program Director, Advanced Training Program in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery, UBC — Read here profile here
  • Jennifer Murray, Graduate Student, School of Population and Public Health, UBC - Read her profile here. 
  • Dr. Tonia L. Nicholls, Distinguished Scientist, BC Mental Health & Substance Use Services; Professor, Department of Psychiatry, UBC; Investigator, BC Children's Hospital; President-Elect International Association of Forensic Mental Health Service — Read her profile here
  • Dr. Melissa Woodward, Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Pediatrics, UBC —  Read here profile here
  • Moderator: Dr. Lori Brotto, Professor, Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, UBC; Canada Research Chair, Women’s Sexual Health; Executive Director, Women’s Health Research Institute — Read her profile here.
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?

Registration for Women in Science 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. 

Additional details will be available fall 2022. 

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