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On demand film screening

Picture A Scientist

Tuesday 19 January 2021 - Thursday 21 January 2021

Picture a Scientist is a feature-length documentary film chronicling the groundswell of researchers who are writing a new chapter for women scientists. It started from exploring reports in the late 1990s that exposed significant gender inequity across the sciences. As the filmmakers dug into the data and spoke with dozens of scientists, they realized the vast extent of the challenges facing women and minority scientists. Despite ground-breaking efforts by the courageous scientists featured in the film and elsewhere, systemic gender bias and racism persist. The goal in making the film was to raise visibility around these critical issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion in science and invite viewers into a deeper conversation about how to make science more inclusive. From cramped laboratories to spectacular field stations, the film also encounters scientific luminaries who provide new perspectives on how to make science itself more diverse, equitable, and open to all. Thus, the film is just the start.

This film is screened as part of Leiden University’s annual Diversity Symposium, entitled: Diversity, equity and inclusion in the sciences and beyond. Please register for the symposium to receive access information for the film screening. The information will be sent to participants prior to the start of the streaming.


We invite those who watch the film to keep asking questions , to encourage more discussion, and to take actions within your own communities to advance more conversations about equity in science in institutions, corporations, societies, and other groups worldwide.

Before the film, you can reflect on the following questions:

  1. How do you picture a typical scientist?
  2. What issues do you expect to see in a film about women and diversity in science?
  3. Why are you watching the film? What are your goals?
  4. Do you have any current events in mind when going in to watch this film?
  5. Why is diversity in science important to you?

We look forward to seeing — and being a part of — this change and to welcome you at our Diversity Symposium where we will discuss how to move forward together within our Leiden University community, and beyond.

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