Frequently Asked Questions
What is the women in biology newsgroup?
This group is dedicated to discussion of issues relevant to
women in science, and all that entails. In terms of
appropriate messages, as it says in the charter,
Mass-posted commercial messages, chain letters, and similar
postings not germane to the stated purpose of the charter
will be deleted without comment. Inappropriate messages
posted in good faith will be returned to the sender where
feasible. Messages not strictly within the charter but
likely to be of interest to many subscribers will be
accepted. Use of the newsgroup for commercial purposes is
Who can post here?
Anyone can post. The group welcomes participation by men
and women at all levels. Please note that we try to
maintain a civilized level of discourse, even when we
I posted a message, and it never appeared. What do I do?
This is a recurrent problem. The web page with the
directory is updated every evening. You should contact the
bionet personnel (such as Geoff Gibbs, at
G.Gibbs at hgmp.mrc.ac.uk), if you think a message has gone
astray (for example, if it hasn't appeared in about 3 days
on the bionet web site). Fastest responses will be found by
accessing the group via the web page at
http://www.bio.net/hypermail/womenbio/current/ rather than
a local news-server. Bionet has no control over whether
your local news server is sending your messages or updating
its newsgroups regularly, so you might need to contact your
news server's Sys-admin.
I'm looking for a job. Can this group help me?
Certainly. Participants here have jobs at every level of
science, and have scads of experience to share with you.
And if you want to check out a list of jobs, go to bionet's
job offered board at
http://www.bio.net/hypermail/biojobs/current/. In the
current climate, most places are eager to consider women
applicants, so send that CV out!
Where can I find out more information?
There are many sources of information on the internet. You
might start at the women in biology internet launch page,
There are no messages. Is this group alive?
Yup! Right now, we are probably busy doing experiments/
teaching/ writing grants/ being parents/ taking exams/
reviewing papers/ directing labs/ managing projects/ being
partners/ looking for jobs/ running our company/ working on
our dissertations...., and waiting for a new thread to
catch our eye. So start something!