Training the next generation of female wheat research leaders

Eleven early-career researchers from the John Innes Centre took part in a female leadership training course as part of our Rosalind Franklin Women in Wheat Champions programme. 

This career development programme aims to address the severe lack of female representation in senior academic roles in the wheat research field. While we still see a relatively even gender ratio at early career stages, the proportion of research leaders is heavily male dominated. One way we are addressing this at the John Innes Centre and The Sainsbury Laboratory is to provide training to build confidence and better support for female researchers to achieve their career goals in the wheat research field. 

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