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Athena SWAN at CEB

Athena SWANWe are pleased to announce that the Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology has been awarded the Athena SWAN Bronze Award.

The Athena SWAN Awards recognise and celebrate good practice in recruiting, retaining and promoting women in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics & Medicine (STEMM) within Higher Education.

The challenge now is to continue to enact the Action Plan to which we have committed and the Athena Swan Working Group (ASWG) continues to meet on a regular basis to drive forward those actions, and to continue to promote and develop a positive and inclusive work and study environment for everyone.

The members of the ASWG are shown below:

Athena SWAN Working Group Members

Professor Sabine Bahn
Prof of Neurotechnology, Dir. of the Cambridge Centre for Neuropsychiatric Research, and Prof of Translational Neuropsychiatry, Erasmus MC

Sabine is a practising psychiatrist as well as an academic. She is gender equality champion for the School of Technology in the University, and is a fellow of Lucy Cavendish College, a women's college.


Dr Patrick Barrie
Senior Lecturer, Deputy Head of Department (Teaching)

Patrick has been an academic in the Department since 1995. He is married with one child for whom he has childcare responsibility. He is a Fellow of Emmanuel College and Director of Studies for Murray Edwards College, a women’s College.


Professor John Dennis
Professor of Chemical Reaction Engineering and Head of Department

John is married and shares a busy lifestyle with his wife, a full-time veterinary surgeon. He has
been an academic in the Department since 2002 and is a Fellow of Selwyn College. He became Head of Department in October 2015.


Ms Catherine King
MBE Programme Administrator

Catherine has been programme administrator for the MPhil course in Bioscience Enterprise since 2011. As a single parent of three children, she has experience of the challenges of combining work with bringing up a family.



Dr Krishnaa Mahbubani
Post-doctoral researcher

Krishnaa joined the Department as a PhD student and is now a Research Associate and Chair of the Department’s Postdoc Committee. She is Director of Studies for two Colleges (Lucy Cavendish and Pembroke). She shares responsibility for the care of her elderly grandmother with her sibling.


Dr Tom Matthams
Departmental Secretary (Academic Matters)

Tom is married with three children of primary/ nursery school age. He balances his daily work routine with childcare responsibilities that he shares with his wife.


Dr Claire Michel
Post-doctoral researcher

Claire is a Research Associate and was the founding chair of the Department’s Postdoc Committee. She actively engages with the University’s postdoctoral affairs committees which have been working to improve the experience of postdoctoral researchers. She hopes to combine her scientific career with bringing up a family in the future.


Dr Sarah Rough
Senior Lecturer, M.Phil. ACE Programme Manager

Sarah is the Programme Manager of the M.Phil course in Advanced Chemical Engineering. She is Director of Studies for several Colleges, and is a College Tutor at Hughes Hall.


Dr Gabriele Kaminski Schierle
Lecturer in Molecular Biotechnology

Gabi was appointed to a Lectureship in 2015 having previously been a senior research associate in the Department. She is married with two children. Having previously worked part time, she now works full time and is fully versed in the challenges of balancing the demands of academia with raising a young family.


Miss Joanna Starkie
Postgraduate student

Joanna is a second year PhD student who has a keen interest in gender equality issues and the promotion of women in STEM careers. With a partner who also works in the scientific industry, she hopes to combine her scientific career with bringing up a family in the future.



Mrs Gina Warren
Equality and Diversity assigned contact,
University of Cambridge

Gina recently returned from maternity leave after the birth of her second child and works part time. She shares childcare duties with her husband.




Useful links

More information on the Athena SWAN Charter.

The University's Human Resources Division website, including Equality and Diversity (Events, WiSETI), and Personal and Professional Development (PPD).


October 2016

We are pleased to announce that CEB has been successful in its application for an Athena SWAN Bronze Award.

September 2016

Oorja - providing power to underelectrified communities in rural India

July 2016

Theresa Maier wins global Merck Innovation Cup

I'm an engineer, get me out of here! with Krishnaa Mahbubani

May 2016

Micro-Choreography Gallery with Dr Ljiljana Fruk

November 2015

Welcome to new lecturer, Dr Ljiljana Fruk.

October 2015

Welcome to new lecturer Dr Laura Torrente Murciano.

July 2015

The ASP would like to congratulate Dr Gabi Kaminski Schierle on her recent appointment to CEB Lecturer in Molecular Biotechnology. Gabi acts as a role model in combining family life with an active scientific career.

June 2015

The ASP would like to congratulate CEB's Professor Lisa Hall, who has been appointed CBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours list announced on 13 June 2015.

November 2014

Read in National Geographic about why it's crucial to get more women into science.

Read about how a Cambridge professor and ScienceGrrl are celebrating women in science with the release of a cover of the pop tune 'She Blinded Me With Science'.

July 2014

Read about Professor Bahn's appointment to a gender equality champion for the School of Technology.