Women in the fields of science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine at Swansea University


Meet the Blog Team

sara profileDr. Sara Barrento is a highly motivated Post Doc marine biologist with 8 years experience in and out of the lab. Her research interests lie in ecosystems functions and services,  sustainable aquaculture, food security and safety. She has worked and traveled in different countries, and is now doing a 6 months internship in Chile. She is a keen science communicator, and has her own blog – ScienceTell. Her favourite TED talk is by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, we should all be feminists

MonikaAssociate Professor Monika Seisenberger is a Senior Lecturer in Computer Science. Her research areas are Formal Methods and Logic, in particular Program extraction, Interactive Theorem Proving, and Verification. She is a founder member of SwanSTEMWoMen and Swansea ScienceGrrl, and also runs a group Women@Swansea Computer Science. Her favourite TED talk is by Sheryl Sandberg


SONY DSC Alison Jones is a Computer Science PhD student under the supervision of Dr Monika Seisenberger, whose research looks at the application of proof-theoretic methods in Natural Language Processing (NLP). This is motivated by an interest in the crossovers between Linguistics, Logic and Computing. She is on the committee for CODAH (Centre on Digital Arts and Humanities), which aims to strengthen links between people in the College of Arts and Humanities and those in the Computer Science department.

Charlie 1Charlie James studied a Welsh BA Hons degree at Swansea University and started work in the Human Resources department, as an Equal Opportunities Assistant in June 2011. Charlie is currently the University Athena SWAN Officer, based in the Human Resources department. As Athena SWAN Officer, Charlie co-ordinates the University Bronze award action plan and provides support for all College’s involved with the Athena SWAN Charter. More information about Athena SWAN

GeertjevanKeulen-05Dr. Geertje van Keulen  is an Associate Professor in the Institute of Life Science in the College of Medicine. Geertje’s research focusses on the microbiology of natural antibiosis and resistance to antibiotics and metals, microbial adaptation to drought and bioengineering of water repellency coatings of manmade and natural materials. Her research team works in highly interdisciplinary collaborative projects with soil scientists, materials engineers, hydrologists, nanotechnologists and modellers funded by NERC, EPSRC and the Royal Society. Geertje is the lead-organiser of Soapbox Science Swansea, an annual public beach science event showcasing the exciting research of women in STEM subjects, and is a founder member of SwanSTEMWoMen. Geertje tweets about her and others’ science interests from @GeertjevanK.

SoniaProfessor Sonia Consuegra is Senior Lecturer at Biosciences, mother of one and geneticist. She is part of a dual career family and is involved in WomenInScience@Swansea, WUMS and the Aquaculture without Frontiers Women’s Network. Sonia’s research focuses on Evolutionary Ecology, mostly in aquatic ecosystems. Some of the current projects in her lab are related to early detection of invasive species, epigenetic control of sex-determination, mating strategies and animal welfare and disease in the context of sustainable food production. She has also experience outside academia, having worked for 8 years as Genetics Adviser for the government before her PhD.

hilary2Professor Hilary Lappin-Scott has worked for over thirty years as a research scientist and senior academic in UK universities and has held significant strategic roles in these as well as in the wider UK and international communities. She has first hand experience of the issues facing women in research, university teaching and managing the work life balance with husband and child.  Currently she combines her role as Pro Vice Chancellor at Swansea University with that of being the university’s champion on equality and diversity issues these include driving the Athena Swann programme, mentoring opportunities, promoting the first Soapbox Science event at Swansea and encouraging talented people of either gender or any orientation to seek promotion. Recently she has led the E&D agenda for the Society for General Microbiology representing scientists working in the discipline in the UK. Previously, she was President of this Society and also of the International Society for Microbial Ecology where she was active in promoting better gender balance among speakers at conferences and in prizewinning candidates.

cateCath Elms works in the Equal Opportunities department, and is the co-chair of the LGBT+ Staff Network.  Cath was previously the secretary of the Swansea Feminist Network, and as a student volunteered with the University of Nottingham’s Women’s Network, LGBT Network and Disabled Students Network.  She has contributed articles on gender and sexuality to Bi Community News, The F Word UK, and Pandora Press.  In her spare time, Cath is a singer-songwriter and pianist.  Find out more about Cath here, and follow her on Twitter at @catherineelms, where she tweets about intersectional feminism, music, and geek culture.


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