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. Join us! Questions? Check out our FAQ section below!
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.
We thank all our members for the activity participation on our group platforms! Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram are great places to keep up on the buzz! By responding to group messages, you exemplify professional respect to the other women who are volunteering their own time to make this group sustainable.
Welcome to our New Pods February and March:
Aguascalientes, México, Venice, Italy, Buffalo, NY, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, San Marcos, TX, Richmond, VA, Canberra, Australia, Rabat, Morocco, East Lansing, Michigan, Campos dos Goytacazes, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Fortaleza, Brazil, Hosur, India, Zarqa, Jordan, Athens, OH
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 will be associated with that 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.