Apply now for a 3-day symposium for early career female biologists

NESCent will be hosting a 3-day symposium for early-career women scientists on November 6-9, 2011. Please consider applying; or spread the word to fellow women scientists who might be interested. The application window opens in March (deadline April 15).

WEBS (Women Evolving Biological Sciences) is an annual three-day symposium aimed at addressing the retention of female scientists and issues related to the transition of women from early career stages to tenure track positions and leadership roles in academic and research settings. Past WEBS symposia in 2007, 2008 and 2010 were huge successes. Early career participants as well as our senior scientist panelists reported feeling inspired and equipped with new connections and tools that they expect will help them in their career in the years to come.

WEBS targets early career women in the Biological Sciences with an emphasis on ecology and evolutionary biology. In particular, it focuses on women who have earned their doctoral degrees within the past two to eight years and who do not have tenure, in order to address the critical transition period from graduate studies and post-doctoral positions to permanent research and teaching positions. The symposium will provide a forum for professional development, including awareness and improvement of academic leadership skills, opportunities to establish mentoring relationships, and resources for developing professional networks. The 2011 symposium will be held at the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center (NESCent) in Durham, NC, November 6-9, 2011.

Please visit the WEBS website ( for details and application materials. Feel free to contact the organizers with any questions you might have ( Applications open March 1, 2011 and will be due on April 15, 2011.

Samantha Forde, Ph.D., University of California Santa Cruz
Claire Horner-Devine, Ph.D., University of Washington
Joyce Yen, Ph.D., University of Washington

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