Women in Science and Engineering at Queen Mary University of London (WISE@QMUL) was originally set up in 2009 as an informal student group for discussion of female participation in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics).
This year, we aim to strengthen our existing networks and form new collaborations outside of QMUL. We will also replace the acronym STEM with STEMM from now on and align our goals with the Athena SWAN Charter, which encompasses Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine.
Our ongoing mission is to:
- Establish informal links with women working within STEMM sectors that that can act as role models;
- Discuss a wide range of career paths; and
- Provide encouragement for female students and early career researchers at QMUL.
To achieve this, we arrange events and opportunities to:
- Examine the current status quo by raising awareness and sparking discussion;
- Establish lasting networks via informal networking and exposure to female role models;
- Expand career path options within STEM by introducing members to unconventional careers and giving advice on traditional careers; and
- Equip future leaders by catalysing personal development for both men and women, with particular focus on communication skills and diversity management.