Women Rising in STEM - past, present and future

10 March 2020, 17:30 - 20:30
Cambridge campus

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The Rising Network presents an interactive mentoring event spotlighting on inspirational women in science.

Women have always played a hugely important role in the advancement of science, yet often their contribution has been hidden from history. This is now changing against a background of increased awareness of the importance of diversity and inclusion and the advent of a younger, more confident generation entering into science and demanding the recognition they deserve. The momentum for change is unstoppable. Yet the research shows that women are leaving the profession, due to a perceived lack of opportunities for career progression, coupled with a limited vision of what career paths might be available outside of traditional laboratory-based roles.

Within the context of a multi-generational workforce, sharing stories of achievement from successful women at different stages of their career, can provide a compelling reason for women to stay within the scientific profession. It supports a much-needed pipeline, celebrating and learning from the experience of the past, building on the opportunities of the present and fulfilling the promise of the future.

Three inspirational female scientists, including one who has been awarded an OBE, tell their stories about their science journey, including overcoming obstacles along the way, and how they have – and are – contributing to the body of scientific knowledge while enjoying rich and rewarding careers.

  • Talk 1: Making the most of opportunities – Dr Jane K Osbourn OBE
  • Talk 2: Dr Julia Wilson, Associate Director, Wellcome Sanger Institute
  • Talk 3: Dr Beatrix Schlarb-Ridley, Director of Innovation and Impact, British Antarctic Survey

Event Details

10 March 2020, 17:30 - 20:30
Cambridge campus
Bookings for the event opens on 10 February at 11am. Book tickets on the Cambridge Science Festival website.

We continue to closely monitor the rapidly evolving situation around coronavirus (COVID-19). So we can best protect the health and wellbeing of all members of the community we are suspending many public-facing events on campus until further notice. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.