Clara Ferreira, neuroscientist at the Champalimaud Foundation, shares her testimony about her journey in science and leaves a simple but important advice for women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
During the month of March, the FCCN Unit is associated with the GÉANT #WomenInSTEM campaign, giving the opinions of several female guests in the STEM fields.

CF: My name is Clara Ferreira (CF) and I'm a neuroscientist at the Champalimaud Foundation.

- When and why did you become interested in STEM? Was this your dream as a child/teenager?

CF: I was fascinated by animal behavior from a very early age, but I can't say that I knew right away that I wanted to be a scientist. First I taught and only later I threw myself into the world of research and neuroscience.

- How does your work contribute to science, innovation and knowledge creation? How does your work impact the world?

CF: I study group behaviors, specifically, how in the presence of a threat, for example, a possible predator, we detect cues from other animals to determine whether we are in danger or safe.

- What inspiring message or advice would you give to young girls interested in a career in STEM?

CF: Look for good mentors and colleagues, our mutual support is very important.

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