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Anne Glover Speaks

The March 2012 issue of Au Science Magazine asks "Who are scientists?" and in it, reporter Chris Sutherland speaks with the newly appointed European Union Science Advisor Anne Glover to learn more about her career. Glover tells Sutherland that combating gender stereotypes and the under-representation of women in science "is a very important issue for Europe if we are to be globally competitive." She adds that tackling these issues "is an important agenda item for me for the next three years." When asked about her personal experiences as female scientist, Glover says "I never thought of myself as a women in science, but just as a scientist," though she adds that, with time and experience, "I did notice that the more senior I became, the more sexism I experienced." However, Glover is hesitant to place much blame on sexism, saying it could have been that "life becomes much more competitive" as anyone attains success in their careers. Still, she suggests that "men could just stop for a minute and imagine what that might be like if they were always the odd one out — it's not very enjoyable."

Glover tells Au Science that young women thinking about pursuing careers in science should "never wait to be asked," and "find a mentor — woman or man, a good one can be invaluable." She adds that, overall, it's important to enjoy science, as "there's no more creative thing you can do with your life."

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