Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Are you a woman in process R&D? OPRD wants you!

Trevor Laird, the editor of Organic Process Research and Development, has an editorial asking for women in the process R&D world to serve on OPRD's editorial advisory board: 
...However, in process R&D, the number of female chemists and chemical engineers with whom I come into contact is quite small; although I have no actual statistics, the gender ratio between women and men in this sector of the fine chemical and pharmaceutical industries seems heavily skewed towards men. 
Thus, on Organic Process Research & Development’s (OPRD’s) Editorial Advisory Board (EAB), women make up only about 10% of the members. This is not because we favor men in the appointments system, it is just that so few women are recommended to me (and of course that could be part of the problem).  
Therefore, I would like to hear from female chemists and engineers who would be interested in joining our EAB, which meets once a year in the United States (usually at Informex) and once a year in Europe (London or Cambridge). Additionally, I would like to have recommendations for female members of the EAB from male colleagues.
Sounds like a good idea.  


  1. Binders Full of WomenSeptember 18, 2013 at 3:37 PM

    We want you… to be a token. I'm sure accomplished women will be flattered to be useful for their ability to check off boxes. We especially would be interested in any "twofers" who could help us check off multiple boxes. That way when I get together with the other old white men, we can pat ourselves on the backs and congratulate each other on our magnanimity and unparalleled virtuous benevolence for bringing the world into balance, although I have no actual statistics. What am I, a scientist?

  2. Great job, Binders Full of Women. This dude is actually doing something to improve the situation; but sure as heck some self-righteous prick will still bash him for writing this editorial. Never waste a chance to spew some hate on old white men, right?