visNET is an EPSRC Inclusion Matters funded research project led by the University of Glasgow in collaboration with the Universities of Strathclyde and Edinburgh. Our aim is to develop and evaluate remote collaboration and networking strategies to combat barriers for women who are postdoctoral, early career academics working in STEM areas. We implement virtual tools and strategies to mitigate reported and perceived barriers to these women’s career progression and retention in engineering and technology-related arenas. We are thus remodelling the implicit ‘rules’ of networking and collaboration within STEM academia, with the aim of reducing the gendered practices that have systematically maintained the underrepresentation of women in these disciplines, and which presently appear to be worsening given the COVID-19 crisis.
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Gauchotte-Lindsay, C., Nicoll Baines, K., Cebula, C., Mulvana, H., Lido, C. & Hedge, N. 2020, Mrs0479 - Unequal impact: Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the impact on people with protected characteristics, VisNET and Evidence Base, University of Glasgow. Available at: http://eprints.gla.ac.uk/243794/