Women in Science – a Formula for Success

To celebrate International Women’s Day 2016, SI Woking & District helped Woking Borough Council to organise an Open Meeting intended to encourage girls and young women to take up science, technology, engineering and mathematics-based careers.  Woking Borough Council also held an essay-writing competition for schoolgirls and the winners were announced during the event.

STEM Panel

Three speakers made presentations followed by a discussion. The first speaker was Anita Wu, a chartered engineer who specialises in tunnel technology and is currently working on the Bond Street Upgrade Project.  She was followed by Judith Bunting, a chemist and television programme producer, and then by Dr Angelika Lingnau, a neuroscientist from Royal Holloway University of London. All three speakers were lively and entertaining and fielded a wide variety of questions, particularly from the girls in the room.

Over one hundred people attended this open meeting, including a large number of school students. The feedback has been very positive.

Said by schoolgirls during the meeting:

“I’m a girl and I can do science too!”

“STEM subjects can unlock many doors for me”

“If there’s anything girls can do, it’s science.”