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01st October 2022

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20th October 2022

Surviving a life changing accident and relearning how to be a scientist with physical disabilities

Speaker: Erin Tranfield
Organizer: Gender Equality Office

We are very happy to announce an exciting seminar next week organised by the Gender Equality Office of the MPI Age: Dr. Erin Tranfield, Head of the Electron Microscopy Facility at the Institute Gulbekian in Portugal will be joining us virtually to talk about working as a scientist with a disability.

Erin is an accomplished electron microscopist, who was recently announced as the winner of the 2023 RMS Alan Agar Award for Electron Microscopy. But back in September 2017 Erin suffered a serious injury when she took a break from a long string of conferences and athletic training to go horse back riding with friends. What was supposed to be a fun morning followed by lunch turned into a 6 month hospital stay and an ongoing journey to redefine herself as an athlete, a scientist and even a person.  It has been a journey from unbelievable lows to recent victories. In her talk Erin will share her experiences and talk about what has helped her walk these steps and where she struggled.  She will also discuss the practical measures by her institution and colleagues that helped her on this journey. Her story is one that proves that despite insurmountable odds, amazing things are possible.

During the event, Erin will give a seminar, followed by an hour of extensive Q&A and discussion with participants.

You can register for the event here: https://events.gwdg.de/e/DisabilityInScience

The seminar is part of GADIS (Gender and Diversity in Science), a joint initiative by the Max Planck Institute for Biology of Ageing, CECAD and the SFB 1451.
You can read more about GADIS here: https://www.cecad.uni-koeln.de/career/diversity/gadis

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