Women in science

At Skretting ARC, we have many talented scientists, and a large portion of these are female. Here, you can meet a few of them to learn what inspired them to work in science, and what this means to them. 

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Delphine Crappe

Meet Delphine

This is Delphine Crappe, scientist and team leader in Skretting Aquaculture Research Centre's new biotechnology facility called The Bubble.

Together with her team, Delphine is using new methods to understand better how the immune system of fish and shrimp work. About her journey to become a scientist, she says: "I have always been intrigued with the world around me and I was always asking a lot of questions like 'how are the fish breathing in the water?' I started getting more and more answers in secondary school and during my last year I had a fantastic biology teacher and that’s how I decided to study biology. Nature and life are really fascinating and there are still so many things we don’t know about it!”

To children curious about science she advises: ”Follow your curiosity, use your imagination and creativity. Be open to new ideas and you will make many new discoveries.”

Meet Leidy

This is Leidy Lagos, a fish nutrition researcher in Skretting Aquaculture Research Centre (ARC). She holds a degree in Biochemistry and a PhD in Biotechnology within Fish Immunology.

“I decided to work in science because I think it is fascinating to see how knowledge can contribute to solving most of the problems that we are facing now and in the future,” says Leidy.

About working in Skretting ARC, she says “Skretting focuses in the areas that I think are most relevant right now: health, nutrition and sustainability. Currently the need for more sustainable protein source to feed our growing population challenges our previous knowledge on nutrition. We need to think new!”

Leidy also likes to send a message to her peers: “We are not women in science, we are scientists and we are the ones responsible for making it easier for more women to become great scientists.” She continues: "If you are always curious, if your call is to contribute to solving new problems and you never stop asking questions, then science might be your path.”

Leidy Lagos
Satvir Kaur Bhatti

Meet Satvir

This is Satvir Kaur Bhatti. “My academic background is in analytical chemistry with chemometrics. In Skretting ARC I am specialised in the near-infrared (NIR) instruments and equations.”

Satvir’s curiosity accompanied her throughout all her career in science: “It all started with me being curious to know how different medicines worked out. How does this paracetamol know which area of my body is hurting? This led me to choose a bachelor in pharmaceutical chemistry,” she says.

Ten years later when she joined Skretting ARC she fell in love with the NIR technology. “I was really curious to know how the NIR instrument worked."

To children interested in science she advises: “be savvy, be persistent, be fearless and ask questions.”

Meet Anna

This is Anna, Technical Manager in Skretting ARC's laboratory.

"I am responsible for the correct functioning of the laboratory's instruments and IT systems. I make sure they both work properly and give accurate results"

About her journey to become a scientist, she says: "Once when I was a teenager and had a headache, I asked my parents how medicines worked, and they couldn't give me a proper answer. I have always thought that it is fun to learn how things in nature work and are connected with each other. Therefore, I chose chemistry as a specialisation in high school. When I graduated, I decided to study pharmarcy at Tromsø University in Norway."

To children curious about science she advises: "Don't stop asking questions. Something boring can become fun once you learn more."

Anna