Pods are local chapters of 500 Women Scientists - we take “pod” from whale pods, signifying good team work and collaboration. Our pods are located all around the world. You can find a pod near you or start one in your local community.

Questions? Check out our FAQ section below!

Join a Pod

Find your location on the map below and click the flower of the pod you’d like to join. A link to join that pod will appear on the left. If there isn’t a pod nearby and you’d like to start one, click the button to start a pod below the map.


What is a Pod?

A 500 Women Scientists pod is a local chapter of the global 500 Women Scientists organization, a US federally tax-exempt 501(c)(3) (non-profit) organization. Pods are based in communities at a specific geographic location. Each pod name is be with a specific geographical location. Pods are open to the community and should not be associated with a particular institution or university. Pods are inclusive, not exclusive - we welcome all people who support our mission.

How do people join a local pod?

The page Join a Pod on the 500 Women Scientists website allows anyone who is interested to join an existing pod. The easiest way to do so is by clicking on your pod of interest on the world map and fill out the pre-filled form that will pop up.

I don’t see a pod in my area. Can I start my own pod?

Yes! If there isn’t already a 500WS pod in your area, you are welcome to start your own pod. Begin by filling out this form. If you decide to create your own pod, you will be the first pod coordinator for that pod. See this list of first steps on what to expect when starting your own pod.

What is the Role of a Pod Coordinator?

Pod coordinators make executive decisions for their pod and help define the pod’s goals. Pod founders should expand the pod coordinators team to include several people with clearly identified tasks. Coordinators will be in charge of scheduling meetings, initiating and planning events, answering emails, and keeping in contact with the 500WS leadership.

For those of you who have started local pods, you can find resources, including standard operating procedures, guidelines for getting your pod off the ground, and links to webinars on our Pod Resources Page (please email us for the password pods@500womenscientists.org).

Some of our pods have their own webpages, while others use Twitter, Facebook, or other social media platforms.  For a list of our pods Twitter handles, see this list.  For a list of our pods’ webpages, see below.


We have 32 new Pods from this past quarter ! Welcome to our New Pods July - September! 

Lubbock, TX, Kiel, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany, Luxembourg City, Luxembourg, Searcy, AR, Calgary, Alberta, Canada, Uppsala, Uppsala Län, Sweden, Winnipeg, Canada, Quebec, Quebec, Canada, Bologna, Italy, Umuahia, Nigeria, Zinder, Niger, Hokitika, Westland, New Zealand, Exeter, United Kingdom, Windsor, Ontario, Canada, Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan, Leimen, Germany, Lisbon, Portugal, Wilkes-Barre, PA, Palo Alto, CA, Nijmegen, Netherlands, West Palm Beach, FL, Banja Luka, Republic of Srpska, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Accra, Ghana, Charlottesville, VA, Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, Santa Maria, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, Durham, United Kingdom, Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Liverpool, United Kingdom, Brest, France

Check out the October edition of the Quarterly Pods Newsletter .

Welcome to our New Pods JUNE & JULY 2019:

We have 10 new Pods ! Welcome to our New Pods June & July: 

Ramat Gan, Israel, Northfield, MN, Málaga, Spain, Hamilton, MT, Mount Vernon, OH, Odense, Denmark, Volta Redonda, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Konstanz, Baden-Württemberg, Germany, Lubbock, TX, Kiel, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany