Women in Materials Science group annual Career Pathways workshop

23 November 2018

On Tuesday 12 June 2018, following the success of a pilot meeting in 2017, the Oxford University Women in Materials Science (WiMS) group ran their now-annual Career Pathways workshop.

WiMS career pathways pic

Fronted by Shazeaa Ishmael, Eleanor Shaw and Anne Callow, in collaboration with the Institute of Physics (IOP), the meeting was sponsored by the London and South East (LSE) branch of the IOP and hosted at the IOP's old office in Portland Place, London.

Career Pathways provides a unique forum for inspiring female role models. Those who identify as women working in science, who have used a science degree to underpin their careers, share their employment experiences and provide insight into the career opportunities and challenges.

All speakers are established specialists in their chosen field and represent a diverse range of disciplines; from science policy and academia to innovation and engineering.

The meeting was free to attend and open to all, with undergraduates and postgraduates being particularly encouraged to participate.

Co-organiser, Mark Telling (IOP Vice President (membership)) said: "We are so pleased to be able to partner the WiMS team again this year. Not only was the event fully booked but the meeting proved to be a unique forum in which to network, ask questions and engage with colleagues in a supportive environment. We hope to build on the success of this meeting and encourage even more to attend next year, especially given the IOP's move to new, larger premises in the Kings Cross area."

The organisers are incredibly grateful to the speakers for contributing to the success of this project and who's frank, personal anecdotes regarding both good and bad career choices proved invaluable.

Speakers included Julia King, Baroness Brown of Cambridge (EU Select Committee), Dr Bernadine Idowu-Onibokun (Kings College), Dr Elspeth Keating (Warwick Manufacturing Group), Rowena Fletcher Wood (Science Communicator), Dr Clara Barker (Deptartment of Materials, Oxford), Deborah Phelps (Rolls Royce), Professor Claire Vallance (Deptartment of Chemistry, Oxford), Devika Wood (Founder, Vida), Jenny Moses (Featherstone High School), Nicole Averiss (IOP), Dr Sarah Turp (WP Thompson), Dr Nicky Agius (Government Operation Research Service) and Joy Talbot (MediaCom).

Further information on the 2017 pilot meeting is available.

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