Women in science

We are striving to ensure all researchers have the same opportunities to develop their scientific careers.

Women in science

Athena SWAN Award

In October 2019, The Institute of Cancer Research, London (ICR) was awarded the Athena SWAN Silver Award. This prestigious award recognises the ICR’s on-going commitment to promoting gender equality in cancer research.  The ICR initially achieved a Bronze Athena SWAN Award in 2009 and is now one of only three research institutes to hold an Athena SWAN Silver award.  

Find out more about what the ICR is doing to remove unnecessary barriers to career progression in research.

Other resources

Dr Karen Burns, associate professor and clinician scientist at St. Michael’s Hospital, Toronto and the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute shares her experience and insight in the BMJ Opinion blog: 'Ten things that I wish I had known as a woman entering academic medicine'   

CRUK’s Women of Influence Mentorship Scheme

SUSTAIN is a programme which enables female researchers to thrive in their independent research careers. It provides an innovative programme of training and support to develop participants’ leadership and career potential. Applications for the sixth round of SUSTAIN will open in Autumn 2021.

ESMO Women for Oncology: an ESMO initiative to advance the careers of female oncologists to become the leaders of tomorrow