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A new initiative from FIPWiSE aims to find, champion and promote early career women in pharmaceutical sciences or pharmacy education. An annual list of “FIPWiSE Rising Stars” is to be selected by a FIPWiSE panel, based on achievements, innovations, and significant impacts made, and taking into account where women have gone above and beyond for our profession.
The list aims to foster equity, equality, diversity and inclusion among individuals, organisations and policy makers. “The FIPWiSE Rising Stars list is not an established FIP award; but a means of encouraging and inspiring women in pharmaceutical sciences and pharmacy education, sitting alongside existing mentorship programmes. Our rising stars will be celebrated with profiles and sharing of their stories,” said FIPWiSE chair Claire Thompson.
Any FIP member or volunteer can suggest a colleague to be a rising star or can propose themselves for the list. The criteria are as follows:
1. A pharmacist, pharmaceutical scientist or pharmaceutical educator;
2. Who identifies as female;
3. Who has had no more than 15 years in their current career from their latest degree* (This criterion is subject to opportunity for taking career breaks or working part-time into account);
4. And who can demonstrate achievements, innovation or impact in pharmaceutical sciences or pharmacy education and being a pathfinder in the profession, despite challenges in their career path.
*Post BPharm/MPharm/PharmD, if the applicant’s current career is in pharmacy and is therefore as a result of these degrees; OR post BSc/MSc/PhD, if the applicant’s current career is in pharmaceutical sciences or in academia, research or industry, where the degree is required to be able to hold their position.
Find out more about the FIPWiSE Rising Stars initiative here.