Knowledge for a sustainable world

Dr Fiorella Picchoni

Fellow in Gender and Diversity in Food Systems

Why or how did you get into science?

I am a social scientist, so not a “conventional” scientist working in a lab, and I got into my field of research because I met inspiring and passionate lecturers during my undergraduate study, who involved me in their projects and got me totally hooked.

Fiorella PicchioniDid anyone in particular influence you?

Yes, as an undergraduate, my microeconomics and development economics lecturer, Enrica Chiappero. She is a legend!

What is your particular field and how did you choose it, or did it choose you?

I think probably both. I was always interested in social science, but agriculture was not my first choice. During my masters, I was very lucky to do an internship at FAO, and this is when I started to shape my work around agriculture.

What advice would you give to other young women reading this who are thinking of pursuing a career in science?

My advice is to connect with other researchers from other disciplines. It is a fulfilling experience.

Is there anything you wish you had done differently in your career so far?

Going back, I would take more risks early on in my career and I would definitely take a sabbatical year.

What does the significance of this, the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, day mean to you?

The International Day of Women and Girls in Science is a great opportunity to celebrate the amazing achievements of women in science, but also a reminder that much more needs to be done for equal representation in academia.