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PROMICON Women In Science presents: Stamatina Roussou

12 March 2024
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PROMICON’s new social media campaign #WomenInScience aims to portray the excitement and the difficulties that come with being a female scientist, shedding more light on this career path. Each week, we will tell the stories of the women behind PROMICON, and this week we are presenting you Stamatina Roussou from Uppsala University

What initially sparked your interest in science?  

I did not have anyone doing science in my family, I am the first one pursuing a PhD in my family but my mother always encouraged me to study! I decided on Biology when I was in junior high and I got super enthusiastic about the field.

What are some common misconceptions about being a female scientist that you've encountered in your career?

I think it is considered that a woman in science does not want/can create a family also. In my home country (Greece) it was considered almost impossible to have a career in science and also raise kids. I am very happy that in the lab where I am doing my PhD in Sweden, we have female PIs that also have families, showing that this is not possible only for men.

How do you feel about the representation of women in PROMICON?

I think we have a good balance between the biological genders. 

What actions would you recommend to EU policymakers to enhance gender equality in European-funded projects?

Mandatory quotas can help enhance equality. 

Which female scientist do you look up to the most and why?  

I was always very interested in Rosalind Franklin's story when we discussed it at school and I felt that women in science “owe” her that none of us will get ignored again just for our gender. 

What advice would you give to young women considering a career in science nowadays?

It is challenging but they should not let anyone convince them that they are not capable!

Stamatina Roussou