This event is another example of how watching a science film – in this case: “Picture a scientist” (2020) – can become a shared virtual experience. Unlike what we described in our last blog post (A “collective experience”: watching movies in an online science film club), participants have the opportunity to watch the film individually in a given 48-hour window, but participate live in an online panel discussion that takes place a day later.
In the film, three female scientists “take viewers on a journey into their own experiences in science, ranging from brutal harassment to years of subtle hostility” (see the film’s homepage). The event is presented by the Office for Gender and Diversity at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany. Access is restricted to members of the institution, however.
Picture a scientist, reviewed by Science, Variety, the Boston Globe, and other media, has received funding from the Heising-Simons Foundation and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, among others. Its directors Ian Cheney and Sharon Shattuck are Emmy-nominated documentary filmmakers, and it has been part of the official selection of the 2020 Tribeca Film Festival.