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Celebrating Women in STEM at CEB

last modified Jun 20, 2018 02:24 PM

A Women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) celebration event took place at CEB this week in anticipation of the upcoming International Women in Engineering Day (Saturday 23 June 2018).

The event featured a series of mini-presentations by female representatives to showcase CEB's female talent and support of diversity in line with Athena SWAN aims to show commitment to recruiting, retaining and promoting Women in STEM.

Talented CEB female undergraduates, PhD student and Postdocs shared highlights from their career journeys and insights on being a woman in STEM.

CEB is planning to share their inspirational stories on line to promote women in STEM and help attract more female talent. Several female presenters coincided on a main motivator of wanting to help save the work, or tackle global energy, pollution crisis or find a cure for a cause of illnesses and diseases.

Some attendees showed disbelief that, in this day and age, women are still having to justify their presence and role in Engineering and Science. Others showed concern at the negative stereotypes surrounding women in STEM. A female raised concern at the impression that being a Scientist may not be compatible with motherhood.

Elena Gonzalez, event organiser, appealed to current females "to act as female ambassadors and role models to help attract more talent to CEB. CEB is a very diverse and encouraging place to be in, and strongly welcomes female talent from all backgrounds and ethnicities to apply to embark on an exciting course of study or research with us". It was also noted that perhaps CEB needed to actively do more outreach at school level to help spread the message that science and engineering is an exciting and suitable career for a woman to embark on.

Following the presentations, the event was wrapped up with a "Draw an Engineer/Scientist" fun competition in the Atrium.  There were prizes awarded (including branded stress balls for student well-being) to the most relevant, creative, and innovative drawings presented. One of the winning entries depicted an incredible portrait of Marie Curie, which was drawn in a record time of 20 minutes.

More information on future Diversity@CEB events.

 

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