"Research needs diversity and diversity means diverse people, living diverse lives with diverse approaches and diverse experiences. An optimal scientific community will therefore include people weaving their research activities into their wider lives in different ways. This rich tapestry is reflected in the stories told in this book and online."
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Parent Carer Scientist celebrates the diversity of work life patterns of 150 scientists across the UK with the aim of increasing the visibility of people combining a career in science with a family life.
The project aims to encourage and inspire current and future talented scientists to succeed in science regardless of their commitments outside work. Providing information on both their career and their personal journey through a timeline of academic, career and family milestones, this resource highlights the various formulas utilised by mothers, fathers and carers in the efforts to balance a career in science with family life.
The recurring themes across the profiles also highlight the vital role that a supportive employer and family friendly policies and funding play in enabling researchers to combine a vocation for science with family life.
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