International Day of Women and Girls in Science

Girls in Science

Sunday 11th February marks International Day of Women and Girls in Science, so over the next month, leading up to British Science Week (9 – 18th March), we’ll be introducing you to some of the amazingly talented scientists – who just happen to be women – working in Scottish salmon farming. They not only help to make Scottish salmon the global success story it is today, but are working tirelessly to ensure its sustainable future.

Loch Duart Salmon

Beth Osborne, Loch Duart Salmon

Our first scientist is Beth Osborne, of Loch Duart Salmon.

What does your job involve?

  • I go on site to study the salmon in their surroundings, gather data, check each pen and work with other departments to determine the best strategy to maintain the fish’s health in its sustainable environment.

Why do you love what you do?

  • I like being able to go out and see all of the fish and the members of staff. When things are going well, it truly reflects in the broodstock of the salmon. Everyone works well together toward the common goal. When challenging sites come good it is brilliant, but when good sites become a challenge everyone is on board and works together to resolve the issues.

What advice would you give other women or girls thinking of a career in science?

  • My advice is not really, specifically to women as I don’t see it as a man’s world, but don’t be afraid to get stuck in. Work from the bottom up so that you get experience of and understand everything. We can get students from university who come think that they know it all without considering the feasibility and impact decisions and actions can have.If you can do the job and you can do it well, no one will say anything. Knowledge is so valuable and so be prepared to work in a variety of jobs across to site to gain a fuller understanding.It doesn’t matter if you are a man or woman. Everyone is working towards the common goal and everyone does their bit.

To find more about the UN’s International Women & Girls in Science Day visithttp://www.un.org/en/events/women-and-girls-in-science-day/

For more information on British Science Week go herehttps://www.britishscienceweek.org