I studied biology at the University of Rostock and am currently doing my PhD in analytical chemistry and biogeochemistry at the Leibniz Institute for Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries (IGB). As a PhD student and mother of two children, I am familiar with the challenges that arise when combining family and science. I initiated I, Scientist because I want to highlight the barriers women face in pursuing a professional career, in particular regarding the compatibility of work and family. With I, Scientist I aim to support and encourage women for a professional career in science by providing a platform for education and exchange of strategies in implementing a professional career within a life friendly working environment. Further, I aim to promote the communication between men and women to successfully realize equal career opportunities for both genders in future.