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.
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.
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.
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.
Tuesday, 6 May 2014 from 17:30 to 19:30 (BST)
WISE@QMUL present their penultimate event of the year, with a special guest speaker, QMUL Professor Fran Balkwill of Cancer Biology at Barts Cancer Institute, lead for the Centre of Cancer and Inflammation. Fran is actively involved in communication of science to non-specialist audiences, especially young people. Fran is Director of Centre of the Cell, a £4 million biomedical science centre for children in East London. Since September 2009 there have been over 80,000 participants in Centre of the Cell activities, which include the interactive science centre, science shows, science workshops and widening participation sessions.
Join us to hear about Professor Fran Balkwill’s career in science, as she will discuss her research and achievements to date, as well as sharing her experiences and advice for early career researchers.
Prompt start at 5.30pm, with informal networking with drinks and refreshments from 6.30pm-7.30pm.
Location: Perrin Lecture Theatre, The Blizard Institute
More info: https://wiseqml.wordpress.com/
Book on Eventbrite HERE as places are limited!!
WISE needs you!
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:
- Prof Tom Welton, who led the Imperial College Department of Chemistry to an Athena SWAN Gold Award
- Two female (bio)tech start-up founders
- Victoria Murphy from Sense About Science
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.
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