Women in Science: Justine Camp

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Women in Science: Justine Camp


Tell us a little bit about your research, what do you do? 

I have created a health compass, and I am creating a new sleep programme for babies.

How did you get interested in (neuro)science?

I really fell into science, because my PhD supervisor is in science.

Which (female) scientist inspires you most? 

It would have to be Associate Professor Anne-Marie Jackson. She brings together science and mātauranga māori to help our communities flourish.

What were the greatest challenges you have faced as a female scientist? How have you overcome them?

I think the pay gap is still an issue. We work hard and are not paid accordingly, so we are still trying to overcome that issue.

What needs to change to make things better for the next generation of women and girl scientists?

We need more women teaching science so that the next generation can see themselves reflected in science.

What advice would you give to young women and girls today?

Smash that ceiling!

Justine Camp (Kāi Tahu, Kāti Mamoe, Waitaha) is a Brain Research New Zealand funded Māori PhD student at the University of Otago. Read more about her research here.

Read about more inspiring neuroscientists in our Women in Science series.