L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Awards Ceremony PhD Poster Competition

The L’Oréal-UNESCO UK and Ireland Fellowships For Women In Science were launched in 2007 and provide flexible and practical help to female post-doctoral researchers. For the first time, we are inviting ten female PhD students in the fields of Life Sciences, Physical Sciences, Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Sciences to present a poster of their research at the L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Awards Ceremony at the Royal Society in London on 22nd June 2016.


Exhibition: The Match Women’s Strike 1988

The Match Women’s Strike 1988:
Alison Marchant’s ‘Wall Paper History’ revisited
Tuesday 23 February – Saturday 7 May 2016

Tower Hamlets Local History Library and Archives

In 2016, to mark Women’s History Month, Alison Marchant and Tower Hamlets Local History Library & Archives will re-stage her 1988 exhibition, which includes original prints, etchings and collages inspired by archival imagery.

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Happy International Women’s Day!

We’re calling on you to #PledgeForParity and BCSWomen to tweet your pledge with @bcswomen

Gender balance among University Research Fellows- Where are we going wrong?

Last week, the Royal Society published the results of the latest group of researchers to be awarded University Research Fellowships (URF). This award offers stability to early career scientists by giving them 5 years of funding with the possibility to extend for a further 3 years, thereby creating the opportunity for a scientific career which could enable them to become leaders in their field.

Out of the 43 that were successful and awarded the fellowship, only 2 were women. The data published by the Royal Society, showing the number of female applicants awarded the fellowship over the past 4 years can be seen below.
Royal society fellowships history

So where are we going wrong? These statistics are not only very disappointing, they illustrate a confusing trend that once again flags up the “leaky pipeline” in science research. Twitter has been inundated with conversations about these statistics, if you haven’t been following our timeline, have a look for the many comments and join the conversation @WISEQMUL.

The response from the Royal Society came on Friday via Paul Nurse, whereby an investigation has now been launched. Is this drop in numbers of fellowships awarded to women just a fluke, or is it a result of increased Dorothy Hodgkins fellowshops being made available? You can be read the response here.

Our new year pledge

Our #WISEnewyearpledge:
We pledge to introduce more female role models in STEMM outside of academia and host cross-campus events.

WISE@QMUL’s mission as a society is to raise awareness of gender biases in the STEMM sectors and to give women the confidence and supportive network to pursue top leadership roles in both academia and industry.

We believe this discussion should not remain closed within QMUL so we are opening our free membership to all interested parties from academia and industry. Of course, men as well as women are welcome to join us.

Our two key goals for 2014 are to:
(i) introduce female role models in STEMM outside of academia to highlight the diversity of career paths open to women with STEMM training; and
(ii) build links to WISE groups at other institutions and companies in the region in order for us to host successful cross-campus events.

We have an exciting line-up of guest speakers at our events this semester, including:

Full details will be released shortly, so sign up for our free membership to be the first to receive the latest news. And don’t forget to follow us on twitter too: @WISEQMUL.

If you have links to a local WISE group and would like to collaborate with WISE@QMUL please get in touch via our contact form. We are open to all suggestions for events and sponsorship.

Inspired? Tweet your own #WISEnewyearpledge now!