Beyond the scientist: Sabine Oertelt

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Sabine Oertelt, professor of Gender in the department of Primary and Community Care.

Where and when were you born?

In Nuremberg, Germany on one of the coldest days of the year, 30th of January 1978. Fortunately, we moved to Italy when I was three, so I could compensate for the climate.

Where do you live and with whom?

Hopefully soon in a house in Arnhem, with my daughter and most likely a rabbit (you have to make promises when you move a six year old!)...for three weeks a month, the fourth I live and work in Berlin. We have a flexible and unconventional family arrangement!

Who was your role model when you were a kid?

I never really had any. I guess I started marching to the beat of my own drum at an early age.

Why aren’t you doing the same thing now as your role model (or do you?)

I keep marching to the beat of my own drum as far as possible :)

What is the thing in your (work or other) history that you are most proud of?

Having found a way to combine activism, learning new things every day, teaching and doing something socially relevant all in one line of work. For long I thought it wasn't possible.

What is it that you would like to achieve in work in the next 5 to 10 years?

I would like to make my colleagues aware that the inclusion of sex and gender differences into their research and clinical practice is really just common sense at this point in time. I would like to implement more structural elements that allow for innovative, flexible and inclusive ways of working in the healthcare sector. And I hope to have encouraged many students and colleagues to pursue their dreams and goals, even if they seem difficult, far-reaching or uncommon. 

For what can we wake you up?

Brunch. And not before 11am, thanks!

What is your hobby and how good are you at it?

Biking, Pilates, traveling, cooking, theater, music and art...I am probably best at traveling (and moving)- I guess that says it all.

What is your biggest irritation?

People who are unreliable, intolerant, disrespectful and who don't acknowledge the support of others.

Who would you like to invite for dinner, if you had the chance?

Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Vandana Shiva and Malala Youzafzai for lessons about quiet activism. Alice Waters for the food. Nick Cave for the music. And I'll ask Jim Jarmusch to make a cool movie out of it.


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