WISE International Women’s Day Celebration

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WISE@QMUL are delighted to announce our biggest ever event: WISE International Women’s Day Celebration. This full day of talks is set to inspire those in the early stages of their career in academic STEMM subjects. The day is free to attend thanks to our generous sponsors – QMUL Annual Fund, QMUL Life Sciences Initiative and QMUL Doctoral College Initiative Fund – and will include tea/coffee, lunch and a wine reception.

The day will begin with talks from National WISE Campaign and Athena Swan representatives, this will be followed by a panel discussion regarding the challenges and successes in the careers of a number of female scientists from across the STEMM fields. In the afternoon we will be joined by other university WISE groups to hear from them about what positive changes they have been able to make at their own universities and what challenges they face. We hope to open a discussion and community between these groups and allow for us to support each other through exchange of information.

The talks will close out with our keynote speaker, yet to be announced, but be prepared to be inspired by this fantastic woman. After the talks we ask you to join us for a wine reception so that we can continue the discussions.

A full programme will be available closer to the date.


Panel discussion: Experiences of getting to the top in academia

Date: Friday, June 17th
Time: lunchtime (12pm)
Location: Whitechapel Lecture Theatre

As part of the QMUL Gradfest, we are inviting four panel members from academia telling us about their ways to the top.

  • Elizabeth Kuipers: Professor of Psychology at King’s College London. She received a lifetime achievement award from Women in Science and Engineering in 2013.
  • Valerie Gibson: Head of the High Energy Physics Research Group in the Cavendish, University of Cambridge. She is a champion of Women in Science and spearheaded the Cavendish Laboratory’s success at achieving an Athena SWAN Gold award in 2014.
  • Liz Sockett: Professor at the Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences, University of Nottingham.
  • Eva Sorensen: Professor of Chemical Engineering at UCL where she works on Fluid Separations. She is a Fellow of the Institution of Chemical Engineers, as well as a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and was awarded the Exxon Mobil Award for Excellence in Teaching by the Royal Academy of Engineering in 2013.

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.