Women in Astrobiology


This is a fairly informal group created as a safe place to post/discuss topics in astrobiology that may have a gender component.  Note, this group is meant to be inclusive, you don’t have to be a woman to support women in astrobiology or care about issues like work-life satisfaction. 

For the moment I am mostly cross-posting professional development opportunities that come up on the Women in Planetary Science Blog (these are mostly applicable to any gender), but I would love input from others across the disciplines that make up astrobiology.  Please post relevant opportunities and issues below.

For starters, check out this post with a list of resources helpful to students and postdocs (or any early career people for that matter :). I am sure you have your favorite resources as well, so I would love to add to the list.

Resource List

Also check out inspiring interviews with female planetary scientists here.  

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Latest Activity: Oct 17, 2020

Discussion Forum

Harassment in the field?

Started by Melissa Kirven-Brooks. Last reply by Melissa Kirven-Brooks Apr 8, 2016. 5 Replies

Hi everyone: i joined this forum to draw particular attention to the ad for positions at the Cal Academy because I am told that they would particularly like to recruit talented women, however I just…Continue

Tags: field, the, in, Harassment

Astrobiology Newsletters - which do you subscribe to?

Started by Kelsi Singer. Last reply by Sanjoy Som Dec 21, 2013. 2 Replies

Hi All,My friend Malene asked which astrobiology-relevant newsletters or e-mail lists I use to get info about upcoming events and opportunities.  I get the…Continue

NASA GIRLS mentoring program

Started by Sanjoy Som. Last reply by Kelsi Singer Aug 17, 2012. 1 Reply

This was just sent out by NASA HQ. It might be of interest to this group!NASA COMPLETES PILOT PROGRAM FOR ONE-ON-ONE VIRTUAL MENTORING OF MIDDLE SCHOOL GIRLSWASHINGTON -- NASA's new virtual mentoring…Continue

Tags: mentor, nasa, mentoring, astrobiology, in

Women in Planetary Science feed

LPSC Workforce Poster Session: Who We Are and Who We Can Be

By Julie Rathbun and Nicolle Zellner Almost all of the conferences went virtual in 2020, and LPSC was early enough in the pandemic that it simply had to be canceled. As we continue to collectively tread safely, LPSC 2021 looks a bit different this year as the LPI’s first ever virtual conference. Everyone (including us) […]

New DPS Mid-career Prize: The Claudia J. Alexander Prize

Hello all! Its that time of year again, to take a moment to look around, and consider who of your deserving colleagues you should be nominating for prizes this year! The due date for all prize nomination packages is April 1. Most prizes request a main nominator who organizes 3 additional letters of recommendation. Prize […]

Remembering Nadine Barlow

The Department of Astronomy and Planetary Science at Northern Arizona University (NAU) will hold a virtual memorial for Nadine Barlow on November 9, 2020, from 3:30-4:30 Arizona time (MST), via Zoom. All are invited.  Zoom link: ID: 990 5265 6503Password: 124137 The department is also raising funds for the Nadine Barlow Prize in Undergraduate […]

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Comment by Betul on March 7, 2013 at 8:29pm

Of interest to fellow women scientists: 

Comment by Julia DeMarines (Teaspoon) on February 18, 2013 at 11:23pm

Comment by Kelsi Singer on February 3, 2013 at 12:57pm

Sounds cool!  thanks for sharing Sara :)

Comment by Sara Imari Walker on February 2, 2013 at 5:24pm

Just read an interesting article about an innovative way to engage girls in STEM at an early age - Game Design! Thinking about how to integrate into outreach activities ... Globaloria is available here.

Comment by Kelsi Singer on January 24, 2013 at 1:42pm

Another example of someone pointing out where discrimination exists to someone who wouldn't have noticed otherwise...
Article by Sara Seager: So many exoplanets, so few women

Comment by Julia DeMarines (Teaspoon) on January 11, 2013 at 3:29pm
Comment by Afshin Khan on October 16, 2012 at 8:58am

Celebrate Ada Lovelace Day by writing bout an inspirational woman in STEM:

Comment by Kelsi Singer on September 28, 2012 at 9:21am

Yes, thanks for posting guys, it is always good to keep track of both best practices and scholarly research on the subject of gender bias.  It is interesting when a new study comes out because people usually jump on one thing or another that might explain away the differences (not necessarily a bad thing), but this one that Johanna posted looks particularly thorough.   Here is a NYTimes piece about the same article:

I have seen a similar one for a psychology faculty position where all they did was switch the names (they even left the first letter the same, like changed Albert to Allison and the like...) but it is more relevant to see one for science specifically.

Comment by Johanna on September 25, 2012 at 5:39pm

Not so nice, but still important and relevant, article on women in science:

Comment by Sanjoy Som on September 25, 2012 at 1:23pm

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