Sisters in Science - If you can't see it, you can't be it

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On the 11th of January, 2021, we launched the Instagram channel @SistersinScience_NL. On this day we decided to start this fantastic journey to inspire and motivate new science students to pursue a career in science.

On the 11th of February, we were invited to present on the Women in Chemistry Breakfast Show of the VNCI, as experts on using social media to engage a wider audience for chemistry. 
At this moment, we just crossed 800 followers, which was unbelievable!

When we started with our channel we were approached by several media for an interview, such as the REDPERS, C2W, VNCI, Folia and the UvA.

The cherry on top was an interview with the Dutch (online) magazine LINDA.

On the 22nd of February, we were asked for an online interview through Instagram (Instalive). In this interview we discussed the importance of rolemodels and how we missed these in our career

On the 28th of February, the Sisters in Science were interviewed together with Manon Bloemer of the VNCI about the chemical industry in the Netherlands and the importance of diversity to make it grow in the coming years. The interview was published in the Telegraaf, the largest newspaper of the Netherlands.

In March, the Sisters in Science joined together with the C3 (Centrum JongerenCommunicatie Chemie) and the KNCV (Royal Dutch Chemistry Association) to help students in need on the Vraagbaak. This platform was created to help students in high school with their questions about chemistry. To explain the hard subjects even better, we created videos to explain exam questions and to provide background on how it can be found in daily life. 

In April, the Sisters in Science developed a pitching course for a group of masters students. This course was focused on th 3MT concept (3-minute-thesis), where a PhD student is asked to present his or her thesis in 3 minutes to a Layman’s audience. This course was based on their previous pitching experience. 

In May, the Sisters were asked to join the ExtraordinaryGrace campaign, which immediately spoke to their heart. In this campaign, the story about Grace is presented. Grace is a little girl that asks herself ‘Can I be a scientist, but can I still be me?’ The guest on the website is asked to fill in a survey to give her advice. Our reactions to the video were recorded

In the beginning of June, the Sisters were asked to join a new Dutch television show, called Anna’s Brains. In this show, someone poses a scientific (impossible) question to the presenter, Anna Gimbrere. Anna then visits the ‘brains’ to ask them to help her solve the question. Noor, Mimi and Lotte are starring in 4 episodes of this show as brains.

For the opening of the academic year, a yearly event of the University of Amsterdam, the Sisters in Science were asked to present about their initiative and its possible effect on the prospective generation