What does science mean to you?
“Personally, science is a form of self-expression, a way of thinking and a way of life. After 8 years in Science; a bachelor’s degree and currently finishing my PhD in infectious diseases and global health, I can confidently say – the process from identifying and understanding a problem to finding a solution and then proving it – is the most exciting and bumpy roller coaster ride!”
What has been your experience as a women in science?
“I have been very fortunate, and I attribute my overall “success” and love for science to several factors. My father who consciously or subconsciously exposed me to certain experiences from a young age, my PhD supervisor (male) who is understanding and stands for gender equality, and the community of dedicated and strong women in science from whom I have drawn strength, knowledge and tips.”
What is important to remember on this, the third International Day for Women and Girls in Science?
“Women supporting women and men supporting women are as needed in science as it is in any field. The process of contributing to human knowledge is daunting, but very empowering and every girl should have the opportunity to choose and follow this path.”
countries. Responding to the WHO’s call for scientists, she deployed to the Ebola treatment center in Guinea, where she lead a team in medical treating Ebola patients. Furthermore, Elsa has co-founded the NorthWest Biotech Initiative (NBI), a student led initiative to link academia to industry and encourage social entrepreneurship in the health sector.