19 February 2019
Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) is at the forefront of efforts to increase girls’ participation in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). Science in Your Future careers day, hosted by Diamond Light Source and STFC, is just one of the many events organised to support this.
Science in Your Future gives 100 female GCSE students the opportunity to learn about the different careers available, should they choose to study or work in the field of STEM.
The event took place during the same week as the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, a celebration of all of the inspirational women in science. The careers day started with an inspiring talk by Dr Ceri Brenner, one of STFC’s laser physicists at the Central Laser Facility (CLF).
External partners of STFC ran a series of interactive workshops at the event. The students were given the opportunity to network with other organisations that support mathematics, science, computing and engineering.
All attendees were treated to an exclusive tour of Diamond Light Source, and to engaging workshops led by ISIS Neutron and Muon Source, International Business Machines Corporation (IBM), and the Medical Research Council (MRC).
STFC is committed to fostering greater diversity within science. We recognise that equality is about more than simply complying with the law and is about creating a diverse, equitable and inclusive community. Diversity allows us to be more creative, more productive, and more innovative, but we know it does not come easily. Gender is just one part of achieving diversity. Here we focus on the role of women in STEM.
The UK is on target to reach one million women working in STEM by 2020, based on the 2018 Workforce Statistics.
Last updated: 25 February 2019