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International Day of Women and Girls in Science is marked every year on 11 February. Because the work of protecting the ozone layer is embedded in science, we think it is important to debunk the myth that science is for men only and boring.

To commemorate the event, we interviewed Marta Pizano, a flori- and horticultural consultant, Co-Chair of the Methyl Bromide Technical Options Committee (MBTOC) since 2005, and Co-Chair of the Technology and Environmental Assessment Panel (TEAP) to the Montreal Protocol since 2010, who told us “It encourages me greatly to see many more women in science overall and particularly in my own field. I want to inspire and encourage both girls and boys to pursue science as a career rather than more profitable or ‘mundane’ options.“ Read more

For our second instalment to mark International Day of Women and Girls in Science, we spoke with Professor Rachel Neale, Group Leader, Cancer Aetiology and Prevention at the QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute in Queensland, Australia and Member of the Environmental Effects Assessment Panel to the Montreal Protocol since 2015. During the interview, Professor Neale advises women and girls considering a career in science to seek mentors who can help and guide them, to be prepared to be flexible, but above all “insist on being recognized for your contributions. Women tend to be very good at getting things done, but not taking the full credit.” Read more