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

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News & Events at Swansea University

This section contains the listings for previous and upcoming  events that relate to or involve SwanSTEMWoMen. Broader information about some of these events and other University initiatives are further below.

Events

Upcoming Events

  • Women in STEMM Conference – Mosaig Room, Digital Technium, Swansea University (Singleton Campus), Wednesday 3 May 2017, 4-6pm An informative panel discussion with STEMM professionals at the University, including a Q&A session and oppurtunities for networking. All welcome. 

Past Events

  • STEMettes – Monster Confidence –  Cardiff, Wednesday 12 October 2016, 1-5pm
    A group of staff and students from the College of Science will be attending this event aimed at inspiring young women in STEM. The afternoon involves inspirational talks about STEM careers and opportunities, mock interviews, speed mentoring and career workshops chosen by attendees. More details can be found here.
  • Soapbox Science Swansea – Saturday 10 September 2016
    Swansea’s third Soapbox Science event takes place in the city centre. More details can be found here.
  • GHC/1 London: Our Time To Lead – 22 June 2016
    A one day conference modelled after ABI’s international Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing (GHC). The day includes keynote speakers, panel discussions and plenty of opportunities to network with other women in technology. For more details, click here.
  • Professor Gina Rippon, The Trouble with Girls?: Why Plastic Brains aren’t Breaking Through Glass Ceilings – Lecture Theatre Room 222, Wallace building, 6 July 2016
    A seminar talk by guest speaker Professor Gina Rippon from the School of Life & Health Sciences, Aston University. All welcome.
  • Career progression day – Grove 353, 5 November 2015
    For all research staff. Organized by APECS in partnership with ATHENA Swan. Members of the College involved in panel discussions on Careers in Research and Managing Career breaks.
  • Soapbox Science Swansea – Saturday 6 June 2015, 12-4pm
    Soapbox Science is returning to Swansea in June 2015! Inspired by the first inaugural Soapbox Science event in Swansea in 2014 when 14 women at the forefront of science from all over Wales talked from their soapboxes at the beach, Swansea University will be hosting their second Soapbox Science event on Saturday 6th June 2015. Our soapboxes will be positioned overlooking the magnificent expanse of Swansea Bay next to the 360 Beach and Watersports centre and café. The Bay will be buzzing with cyclists, joggers, dog walkers, and families out for a walk – we aim to stop them in their tracks with amazing women talking about amazing science! Swansea is a perfect location for a Soapbox Science event. The city has a rich industrial heritage and history of engineering and science and Swansea University is at the forefront of science and technology innovation. Our mission is to raise the profile of women in STEM subjects and to break down the myth that it’s men who become mathematicians and engineers.
  • National Science Week – 13-22 March 2015
    • Super Science Saturday! – Saturday 14 March, 12-4pm:  A packed afternoon of inspiring demonstrations, hands on activities and jaw-dropping experiments! Delivered by Materials:Live!, Swansea ScienceGrrl and The South Wales Materials Association, Swansea University. This event is free.
  • International Women’s Day – 8 March 2015
    • Swansea University – Monday 9 March, 10.30am: University-wide event with key-note speaker Professor Laura McAllister, Chair of Sports Wales and Professor of Governance at the University of Liverpool’s School of Management and a presentation from Christine Watson MBE, winner of the Mary Williams Award 2014.
    • IT Wales, International Women’s Day Celebration 2015 – Thursday 12 March, 6pm, Liberty Stadium. 
    • Inspiring Women – throughout March at Swansea University: showcasing some of the successful and inspirational people working at, studying at and supporting Swansea University in the past and present.
  • Gender Equality Discussion Forum: Fellowship and early career grant applications – Athena SWAN, College of Science, SURF Room, 18 March 2015
  • Gender Equality Discussion Forum: Family friendly policies  – Athena SWAN, College of Science, SURF Room, 11 February 2015
  • Gender Equality Debate: Why does it matter, where are we, what can we do?  – Athena SWAN, College of Science, SURF Room, 14 January 2015
  • Celebrating Ada Lovelace Day: Swansea ScienceGrrl Lunch – SURF Room, 20 October 2014
    Because science is for everyone. An event for new and returning students and staff.
  • Soapbox Science Swansea – 5 July 2014
    Swansea University is collaborating with Soapbox Science for this year’s event, which will take place next to the 360 Beach and Watersports Centre at Swansea Bay. 
  • Swansea ScienceGrrl supports National Science Week – 17-23 March 2014 
  • International Women’s Day: IT Wales Event – 6 March 2014
    Swansea ScienceGrrl and members from the College of Science have been invited to attend IT Wales’ International Women’s Day celebration: From the Cradle to the Great.
  • International Women’s Day: WIMS Event – 5 March 2014
    The Women in Medicine and Science (WIMS) society in the College of Medicine are celebrating International Women’s Day, with guest speakers Dr Ruth Hussey, Chief Medical Officer for Wales and Prof. Alexandra Blakemore, Chair in Human Medical Genetics, Imperial College.
  • Half-Term-Build-Your-Own-Computer-Workshops-for-Girls – 25-27 February 2014
    Contact: Sophie Dare-Edwards, Technocamps, Swansea University.
  • Festival of Research at Swansea University – 19-22 February 2014
    Note: On Thursday, 20 February 2014, 12:30, there will be an Athena SWAN Panel discussion ‘Advancing Women’s Careers in Science’ in the Council Chamber, Singleton Abbey.
  • Swansea ScienceGrrl: Launch event – Because science is for everyone! – November 2013
    SwanseaScienceGrrl was launched as a local chapter of the UK wide ScienceGrrl initiative on 28 November 2013, 1-2pm, Surf Room, Fulton House. The programme included a welcome by Pro-Vice-Chancellor Professor Hilary Lappin-Scott, a presentation of the ScienceGrrl objectives, networking and group discussion. ScienceGrrl (UK) “is a broad-based, grassroots organisation celebrating and supporting women in science; a network of people who are passionate about passing on our love of science to the next generation”.

Wider Events & Initiatives

Ada Lovelace Day

Ada Lovelace Day takes place every October, and events have been held at the University in the past two years.  In 2013, the programme included a talk by Pro-Vice-Chancellor Prof Hilary Lappin-Scott.  Swansea ScienceGrrl held a celebratory lunch event in 2014 (see here for details).

Athena SWAN Award

Swansea University renewed the Athena SWAN Bronze Award at University level. The College of Human and Health Science, the College of Medicine and the College of Science have received the Athena SWAN Bronze award at Departmental Level.

Reaching Wider

Based in Student Services at Swansea University, the South Wales Reaching Wider Partnership collaborates with other universities in South-West Wales and works with those living in Communities First areas, Looked After Children and Care Leavers. They provide educational activities ranging from short workshops to residential Summer University schemes for Year 12 students. They also work with Primary Schools in South Wales by facilitating after-school science clubs.

STEM Ambassadors

The STEM Ambassador network is associated with STEMNET (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Network). There are over 26,000 STEM Ambassadors across the UK, and WomenInScience@SwanseaUniversity encourages members to join. It is a great way to find out about local outreach opportunities with schools (via STEMnetworking), and to record your own events. The initiative covers a range of activities, from practical workshops and after-school clubs to mock interviews and online coursework support. Inductions to become a student STEM Ambassador take place regularly on campus. STEM Ambassadors in WomenInScience@SwanseaUniversity: Ruth Harding; Kathryn Welsby. [If you’re not listed, please email Alison: 481549@swansea.ac.uk]

Swansea ScienceGrrl

Swansea ScienceGrrl was launched as a local chapter of the UK wide ScienceGrrl initiative on 28 November 2013, 12-2pm, Surf Room, Fulton House. The programme included a welcome by Pro-Vice-Chancellor Professor Hilary Lappin-Scott, a presentation of the ScienceGrrl objectives, networking and group discussion (read the blog post here). ScienceGrrl (UK) “is a broad-based, grassroots organisation celebrating and supporting women in science; a network of people who are passionate about passing on our love of science to the next generation.”

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