Karen Stroobants, Speaker on STEM and Female Leadership, Cambridge
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Karen Stroobants, Speaker on STEM and Female Leadership, Cambridge
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Karen Stroobants, Speaker on STEM and Female Leadership, Cambridge
About Me
Karen Stroobants, Speaker on STEM and Female Leadership, Cambridge
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Karen Stroobants, Speaker on STEM and Female Leadership, Cambridge
Out & About
Karen Stroobants, Speaker on STEM and Female Leadership, Cambridge
About Me
Karen Stroobants, Speaker on STEM and Female Leadership, Cambridge
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Karen Stroobants, Speaker on STEM and Female Leadership, Cambridge
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Research and innovation policy

Past experience

In 2018, I transitioned to a full-time job as policy professional, working on research and innovation policy, first for the Royal Society and subsequently for the Royal Society of Chemistry. Together with Frances Downey, I worked on the Royal Society’s research culture programme, and the associated conference ‘Research culture: changing expectations’. To continue our efforts to improve research culture beyond the programme, Frances and I founded MetisTalk, a platform to talk about #researchculture. I also have committed to progress the research culture agenda as Board Member of the Marie Curie Alumni Association, supporting the research policy work of the association.

I have been interested in research policy since I started my PhD in 2010 and have contributed to several debates at institutional, national and international level. I have written on the overuse of the impact factor and was an active member of the Action Group Higher Education Flanders, a collective of researchers that aimed to influence Flemish politicians to re-evaluate the use of performance indicators in the distribution of research funding to the different Flemish universities. I also attended, after moving to Cambridge in 2015, the 2017 National Post-Doc meeting in Cambridge where recommendations were discussed to the Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers.

Women in STEM and female leadership

Past experience

I throughout my career have been an advocate for women in science, diversity and female leadership. I was one of the contributors to the 2018 Women and Global Leadership Forum at Trinity College, University of Cambridge, where I strongly advocated for the necessity for the UK to review it’s public policy on shared parental leave. I share my vision on gender equality and female leadership via columns in IQ Business Magazine.

I was featured as Woman in Chemistry by the Department of Chemistry, University of Cambridge, as one of the women attending the 67th Lindau Nobel Laureates Meeting 2017 and as one of the Cambridge women campaigning for gender equality in science in 2018. I had the privilege to be a jury member for the Nova Prizes 2018, a set of six annual awards, bestowed across several categories in recognition of female students who have made outstanding early contributions to STEM.

Evidence-informed decision making

Past experience

Part of my current role at the Royal Society of Chemistry is to provide evidence on environmental and health policy. This involves linking up with scientific experts, gathering and analysing relevant evidence, and conveying key messages to decision makers. I first became interested in science-for-policy when I joined the Cambridge University Science and Policy Exchange (CUSPE) initiative in 2015. I led CUSPE in academic year ’17-’18 and during my presidency focused on increasing activities around efficient communication, developing links with the local County Council, and organising a Forum to bring together stakeholders in the science for policy space.

I over the course of my career as a researcher attended many science-for-policy events, including in particular lectures by the Centre for Science and Policy, and was a selected participant in Science meets Parliament 2017, which allowed me to shadow MEP Alex Mayer in the European Parliament. I eventually decided to pursue a full time career as policy professional, which I alluded to would not be an easy decision but I am very happy I transitioned and I am passionate about sharing my experience.

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Alternatively, email: stroobantskaren@gmail.com

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