19th May 2010: Coffee with Prof Dame Julia Higgins

Tired of marking exam scripts? Writing up getting you down? Summer is finally arriving, but you’re stuck in the lab?

Take a break with WISE@QMUL. We are incredibly proud to announce that Prof Dame Julia Higgins is going to join us for “a coffee and a chat” this Wednesday at 16:30 in the Hub.

Being a very successful scientist and named by the Guardian as a “Grand Dame of Science”, Dame Julia will guide us through what choices determined her career and success. She is a very good speaker and has increasingly rare views on how to succeed in science:

“I’ve made it absolutely clear that I’ve got a personal life, I want to be with my partner, and that’s good for my brain.” – Guardian, April 2009

Prof Dame Julia Higgins was the Principal of the Faculty of Engineering at Imperial College and the Foreign Secretary and Vice President of the Royal Society until 2006/2007. She has been made DBE (Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire) in 2000 and Chevalier de la Legion d’Honneur by the Government of France in 2004. Her list of honours and awards is extremely vast and involves positions such as National Gallery (as a trustee), membership of the Chemistry panel for the 2000 Research Assessment Exercise, as well as countless advisory panels and journal editorial boards. She was also chair of the Athena Project and a champion of women in science and engineering. Her research explores boundaries between engineering and materials chemistry and mainly focuses on the study of polymeric mixtures through neutron scattering techniques.

Everyone is welcome. Coffee, tea, and nibbles are on us!

To read more about Dame Julia Higgins, see Ingenia and the Guardian.

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