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Scientific heirloom awarded to Dr Owens

Dr Róisín Owens recognised at the Engineering & Physical Sciences Suffrage Science Awards at the Royal Society on International Women’s Day 2019.

Dr Róisín M. Owens, CEB BioElectronics Systems Technology group PI, was one of the 12 female scientists and engineers from across the world to be presented with a Suffrage Science award on 8 March 2019, International Women's Day.

The awards celebrate women in science and engineering and encourage others to enter science and reach senior leadership roles. The 12 award winners were chosen by the previous award holders for their scientific achievements and ability to inspire others. The awards themselves are items of jewellery, inspired by the Suffrage movement, and are passed on as heirlooms from one female scientist to the next.

The hand-crafted scientific heirloom was presented at the Suffrage Science Awards ceremony, held at The Royal Society, London.

Professor Dame Amanda Fisher, Director of the MRC London Institute of Medical Sciences (LMS), who launched the award in 2011, noted;“Now in its eighth year, these heirlooms create a self-perpetuating network of talent and contacts to help others succeed in science and engineering. This year’s awardees join a community of over 120 women scientists. Since 2011 the awards have travelled from the UK, across Europe to the USA, Hong Kong and to Uganda, illustrating the international nature of science and engineering, and the global effort to improve female representation.”

Dr Owens' research work is focused on the application of organic electronic materials for monitoring biological systems in vitro, with a specific interest in studying the gut-brain-microbiome axis, useful for drug discovery and therapeutics. On receiving her award she noted; "I'm delighted to have been honoured with the suffrage science award. The whole scheme was designed with women in mind, especially the idea of handing down an heirloom piece of jewellery from female scientist to female scientist, building up a community. This award has galvanised me to emphasise my role in supporting young women scientists, both here in the department and beyond."

Professor Lisa Hall, acting HoD at CEB, added; "We are enormously proud of Roisin’s achievements.  She is an inspiration to all who aspire to a career in engineering or the physical sciences and demonstrates the exciting diversity of research that is being undertaken in this field."

Cambridge Professors Serena Best and Melinda Duer were also awarded a scientific heirloom at the ceremony. Further information about the Suffrage Science awards scheme can be found here. 


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