February 9, 2021


Welcome to the IUPAC Global Women’s Breakfast (GWB2021)

Date: 9 February 2021

Theme: “Empowering Diversity in Science“

Event Registration is now Open! Virtual Events are Welcome

Join the Conversation – Use the Hashtag #GWB2021

Sponsor Support – Corporate and Institutional/Organizational sponsors to support the Global Women’s Breakfast are invited. To become a sponsor or for more information, please contact Dr. Lynn Soby at

The Global Women’s Breakfast #GWB2021 is now underway in New Zealand and red hearts are starting to move around the globe.

GWB2021 Official Welcome Video


For detailed information on how to register your event, please watch this step-by-step video.


Women and men from all types of educational and scientific organizations from high schools to universities, to scientific societies, government and industry organizations are welcome to organize breakfast events either virtually or in person (per local COVID-19 safety guidelines). Breakfast events can be small or large, formal or casual, and we encourage each breakfast team to reach out and connect with another team. GWB events are designed to be a catalyst for change towards greater diversity in science. Event organizers and participants can strengthen their activities by connecting with other events locally and across sectors. For example, an event at a university may want to partner with another event at a nearby industry or government location.

Successful events held in 2019 and 2020 have demonstrated the need to build a network of both women and men working together to address the barriers and inequalities faced by women in science. IUPAC is in a unique position to serve as a leading organization and global platform where these difficult and persistent issues can be addressed in a transparent manner. The IUPAC Global Women’s Breakfast, GWB2021 will be held on February 9, 2021, two days prior to the United Nations Day of Women and Girls in Science. Goal 5 of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals is: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls. As quoted in the recent Gender Gap in Science study, and stated by the UN,

“Gender Equality is not only a fundamental human right, but a necessary foundation for a peaceful, prosperous and sustainable world.”

Call to Action

  1. Begin planning for a breakfast event! Become an event organizer by filling out the registration form at
  2. Log into your account to add your event to the global map at If you hosted an event last year, your login credentials will still be valid.
  3. Once you are logged in, Click on “Register Event” and enter the basic details on your breakfast event to create your own event page. You can always log back in and update details later.
  4. View your event information on the GWB2021 Global Map. Use the link to your event page to help share information.
  5. Take advantage of “Promotional Materials” on this site to create custom flyers and presentations for your event.
  6. Reach out to your colleagues and to other science organizations in your area to plan your event. Connect with other organizers in different parts of the world using the “Directory”. See the list of regional contacts below to network with other organizers in your area.

Build Your Network and Connect with Leaders in Your Area

Additional materials and information on GWB2021 are being developed and will be added to this site over the next few weeks. If you have questions, please check out the Frequently Asked Questions page. For general questions, please contact event co-chairs: Dr. Laura McConnell at or Prof. Mary Garson at

A new GWB task group has been formed for greater coordination and communication within countries and regions. Members of this task group are:

Event Programming Ideas

The needs and interests of each community vary by region; therefore, each breakfast event is locally organized. However we are working to provide some ideas and suggestions organizers can use in their planning.

Fun Activities and Ice Breakers

The IUPAC Periodic Table Challenge. Find out who knows the most about the elements.

On-Line Resources

A Univ of Queensland, Women in Science Podcast Interview with Prof. Mary Garson about her fascinating journey to becoming a Professor of Organic Chemistry.

From – 50 Ways to Fight Bias. A training activity that helps people recognize and combat the biases women face at work.

International Science Council – Women in Science Podcast

Somerville et. al. 2021 “Learn when- and how- to say no in your personal life“.

Marie-Francoise et al. 2020 “A Global Approach to the Gender Gap in Mathematical, Computing, and Natural Sciences: How to Measure it, How to Reduce it?

IUPAC-IYCN – ChemVoices Webinar Series:

Rogers, B. K. Y Magazine, Spring 2020 “When Women Don’t Speak

Muir, R. 2020, Chemistry World, How to be a good ally.
Conversation Starters

Shared with permission from Chalmers University, Sweden. A conversation with Nobel Laureate, Prof Frances Arnold. The original story posted at this link. This video was made by Johan Bodell.

Short videos, webinars, and panel discussions can be effective in sparking discussions. In collaboration with the ChemVoices webinar series, several interviews were recorded to discuss the topic of Empowering Diversity in Science. Short excerpts from these interviews have been combined, centering on a single question.

History of Global Women’s Breakfast

On January 18, 2011 the first IUPAC Global Women’s Breakfast: Women Sharing a Chemical Moment in Time was organized as part of the International Year of Chemistry (IYC2011) ( On that day, there were close to 100 breakfasts in 44 countries attended by approximately 5000 women chemists, making it one of the largest gatherings of women scientists at that time. On 12 February 2019, as part of the celebrations for the centenary of the founding of IUPAC, women chemists and male supporters from over 50 different countries took part in the second IUPAC Global Women’s Breakfast: Empowering Women in Chemistry, A Global Networking Event. Worldwide there were over 200 breakfasts, with more than five thousand women involved, almost certainly making it the largest “virtual” gathering of women chemists worldwide. A global breakfast map was created which illustrated the location of each registered breakfast.The first events were held at 7AM local time in New Zealand, with Wellington and Palmerston sharing the honour of initiating the breakfast events. In her role as global co-convenor, Mary Garson skyped the Wellington breakfast from her Brisbane base to acknowledge their significant role. Breakfast events next launched successively in Asia, Europe, into Africa, then across to both North and South America. The final breakfast was launched in Hawaii 22 hours later. The enormously positive response in 2019 demonstrated the need for a truly global network for women in the chemical sciences.

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