International day of women and girls in science

February 11, 2021, is the International Day of Women and Girls in Science. At Symeres, we would like to take this opportunity to introduce to you some of the excellent women at our company, who work hard every day to advance your projects and learn more about life sciences in their respective fields. Click on any name to see the questions and their answers.

Why did you get into science?

To be honest, as a child, I was never inclined to science. However, I loved languages. It happened in high school, where our math teacher, inspired by Galileo Galilei, presented mathematics as the language of science. She was a wonderful teacher, who made an impact on lots of students. Thanks to her, I have started to enjoy math and, afterwards, I quickly found the connection to physics, which brought me to chemistry. I take joy in learning, and science gives me unlimited opportunities to ask new questions and find different answers.

 

What do you like about your job at Symeres?

I have been working at Symeres for a year. It’s my first job after finishing my degree. I am grateful for my colleagues trusting me and letting me experience different challenges. The environment is collaborative and supportive; they are willing to share their knowledge, experience, and ideas. Another pro is the variability of work I get to do.

 

What would you say to women who are considering a career in science?

Read a lot. It will improve your imagination and comprehension. Try to question every answer, but do not question your abilities. Find a mentor who will understand you and push you. And remember to have fun.

Why did you get into science?

I’ve always been curious about how this universe came to be and how it works. Science gave me the tools to understand it accurately. My love for science was recognized and nurtured by my teachers, which, in turn, motivated me to pursue science.

 

What do you like about your job at Symeres?

To begin with, I enjoy working in the lab surrounded by experienced and kind colleagues. I’ve worked on several projects now. Every project has taught me more about chemistry and its challenges. No day and no project are the same, which makes my job even more interesting.

 

What would you say to women who are considering a career in science?

There might be many reasons for one to (not) consider a career in a particular field, and I’m convinced gender must not be a limiting factor in this decision. So, if science is your passion, go for it and don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t.

Why did you get into science?

Science fits my curious, creative, energetic, rational personality.

 

What do you like about your job at Symeres?

I like my job because it’s very dynamic, a daily challenge, a continuous learning process.

 

What would you say to women who are considering a career in science?

You’ll have to work hard! Science is exciting, it’s fun, it gives a lot of satisfaction, but is takes a lot of physical and mental energy. Always keep it in balance with your private life. Before stepping in, make sure it fits your ethics. And remember: NMR never lies!

[edit.: NMR is an analytical technique used to check if the molecule you made is the molecule you were hoping to make]

Why did you get into science?

I believe that my passion for science came from school. Math and science were the two subjects I found the most interesting and were usually the classes I looked forward to attending. The perspective to have a meaningful job that makes a difference and impacts society was also very important to me.

 

What do you like about your job at Symeres?

First: variety. With my team, we work on various analytical projects. Each day is different.

Second: challenges. It’s satisfactory when you can solve problems and reach the objectives in time.

Third: teamwork. I am very proud to work in a successful team, where everyone’s unique skills and strengths help to achieve a shared goal in the most effective way.

 

What would you say to women who are considering a career in science?

You love challenges, solving problems? Go for it!

Why did you get into science?

My curiosity and need to understand how things work played the most important role and my early medicinal interest brought me to life science. I wanted to find answers to questions that seemed unanswerable. Like many of us, I wanted to contribute to the solution to the riddle of cancer, a cliché-like goal back then, and I did not even end up in a molecular biology field. I ended up in genetic toxicology, to learn about the mechanisms behind cancer initiation and development, where I spent my research developing analytical methods to quantify cancer-initiating compounds in the body. Along that way, I became extremely passionate about solving analytical challenges.

 

What do you like about your job at Admescope?

Working at Admescope, I am part of world-class expertise and strongly dedicated colleagues. Being part of a contract lab allows me to provide ideas, knowledge, expertise, advice and data to anyone interested or in need of the same. In my role, I have a fantastic opportunity to encounter a huge variety of projects and customers, where every project and customer is unique. This is extremely satisfying and, at the same time, challenging and developing.

 

What would you say to women who are considering a career in science?

Possibilities are unlimited. Be curious and find what you’re passionate about. Regardless of your skills or interests, there is going to be a field that is right for you.

Why did you get into science?

I think that it’s all about curiosity. Since I was a little girl, I have kept asking a lot of questions and explored the world around me. Very fortunately, I always received answers from my parents. They have never limited my curiosity, and they often encouraged me to explore the world and overcome my fears. Furthermore, I have very good examples to follow, Maria Skłodowska Curie’s words stay forever in my heart: “Nothing in life is to be feared, it’s only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.” I believe that, with my curiosity and my sense of observation, I can make the world a better place to live, with fewer fearful days. This is the goal I aim at as a scientist.

 

What do you like about your job at Symeres?

I strongly appreciate the collective knowledge at Symeres. It’s the first place where I met people who so willingly share their knowledge and experience. Most of all, it’s the first place where people are not afraid to openly ask for support and collectively search for solutions to scientific problems. I’m convinced that, whenever I face challenge in my project, I can count on support from my colleagues and, truly, there is nothing better than collective creativity and diversity in a workplace. It’s always better to have a hundred brains searching for a solution, rather than one.

Other assets that make my everyday work easier and efficient are the excellent modern equipment, strong support from the analytical and purification team, and multidisciplinary teams in one location or just an email away. For example, if I need support from process chemists, they are in the next building ready to help. If my project requires the preparation of a small library of compounds, I just go downstairs and my colleagues from the parallel chemistry department will provide me with not only great pointers, but additionally they will share their “fancy” equipment.

Last, but not least, I really appreciate that the employees’ safety matters to Symeres. Since I started my journey at Symeres, three years ago, I’m impressed every day by the level of safety at work.

 

What would you say to women who are considering a career in science?

We need you here! The first and the most important question that everybody should answer is: What is my purpose? What is my ‘Why’? If you are curious about the world, if you like to explore and learn every day, if you are fearless and persevering, then definitely a career in science is the best you can do in your life to live it fully. I guarantee you that you will love what you do, and you will meet other passionate scientists with whom you will share the joy of discovery.

I value diversity in the workplace, and from my experience, I’ve learned that it’s a very powerful tool to bring creative solutions. We can learn from each other and benefit from our differences, bringing multiple views to challenges based on our own experiences. We can inspire each other to achieve greater things together, which we would not have the opportunity to discover if we limited our approach to our own thinking and opinions.

Why did you get into science?

I always loved to understand the why behind things, and I always loved the feeling you get when you solve a puzzle. Science combines these two things like nothing else in the world!

 

What do you like about your job at Symeres?

I love to have a job that challenges me every day. In this job, I am involved in interesting scientific questions, but also in improving business processes and helping to define the strategy to follow. What I love the most is that I do all those things together with people with different backgrounds. That is the best way to keep on learning.

 

What would you say to women who are considering a career in science?

Just do it! Go wherever your heart and ambitions bring you. Almost all of us need a job to live. What’s better than having a job that matches your passion? And I can tell you from experience that scientists are the best folks to party.

Are you interested in working at the organization these women speak so passionately about? Our vacancies can be found here.

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