Picture a Scientist

Published in the Research School of Physics Event Horizon
Vol45 Issue42 19–23 October 2020

Picture a Scientist Screening Event

MTS, GoMRI, IEEE-OES, NOAA and NASA are teaming up to offer a FREE virtual screening of “Picture a Scientist” from October 20 – 22nd. If you are not familiar with the documentary, the film challenges audiences to question their own implicit biases and brings diversity in science into sharp view at a critical time in an effort to move toward change.

In addition to the screening, you can participate in an interactive panel discussion led by women in ocean technology and science on October 21, 2020 – 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm (EST).


Register for access to view the film anytime between 12:00 pm (EST) on October 20, 2020- 12:00 pm (EST) on October 23, 2020.

Register to attend an interactive panel discussion lead by women in ocean science on October 21, 2020 – 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm (EST).


More about the film…

Picture a Scientist 

Picture a Scientist chronicles the groundswell of researchers who are writing a new chapter for women scientists. Biologist Nancy Hopkins, chemist Raychelle Burks, and geologist Jane Willenbring lead viewers on a journey deep into their own experiences in the sciences, ranging from brutal harassment to years of subtle slights. Along the way, from cramped laboratories to spectacular field stations, we encounter scientific luminaries – including social scientists, neuroscientists, and psychologists – who provide new perspectives on how to make science itself more diverse, equitable, and open to all.

Picture a Scientist was an official selection of the 2020 Tribeca Film Festival, postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The film’s virtual theatrical run reached 47 theaters across the USA in June 2020, and raised money for two organizations advancing women of color in STEM. The film is currently available for virtual community screenings, and plans are in progress for broadcast and streaming.