The Back to Science Fellowship was established by the University of Lincoln in September 2014. The one-year fellowship was launched to provide an opportunity for men and women, who have taken extended carrier break, to return to academia in one of the STEMM subject areas. The School of Life Sciences (SLS) devoted to establish a good practice for providing opportunities for scientists who took longer carrier break to return to research. Fellows awarded by the Back2Science Fellowship are joining to an established research group in the School of Life Sciences and are supported for a year on a full time or for two years on a part time basis. The School of Life Sciences recognises the need for and committed to support the Fellows to develop an independent research project in order to gain confidence, up-to-date research experience, successful research publications and research funding applications to re-establish their own research carrier in academia. Since the launch of the Back2Science Fellowship in 2014 the School of Life Sciences successfully recruited two female scientists, ecologist Dr Graziella Iossa (2014) and molecular biologist Dr Anika Tauchen (2015).
We have asked Anika and Graziella to share with us their ‘inspirational story’, experiences and expectations as Back2Science Fellows.