Women and STEM – How can more women be encouraged to develop careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths?
Friday, 14 March 2014 from 12:00 to 14:00 (GMT)
San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
As part of Science and Engineering Week 2014, Parliament's Outreach Service, Newcastle Science City and the Institute of Physics are holding an event to show how select committees work, giving the audience the opportunity to ask the expert panel how we can increase the numbers of women working in Science, Technology and Engineering.
The event will give you an opportunity to find out how Parliament examines and influences science policy in the UK. As part of the audience at this lively event, you can take on the role of select committee members to quiz eminent North East experts as they debate this issue.
Pat Glass MP, member of the House of Commons Education Committee, will chair the Committee and expert panel of witnesses who will include:
- Beccy Earnshaw, Director, Schools NorthEast
A trained journalist with a Master’s Degree in Political Communication, Beccy’s previous roles include heading up the Communications Team for the Children's Commissioner for England and leading on voter participation at The Electoral Commission. She has also enjoyed working at the Hansard Society and BBC Parliament.
- Professor Judith Rankin, Institute of Health and Society, Newcastle University
In addition to her role as professor of maternal and perinatal epidemiology, Judith chairs the Newcastle University Diversity Committee and leads the Institute of Health and Society’s Athena SWAN team, who contributed to the House of Commons Select Committee’s Report on Women in Scientific Careers. Judith has spoken on a number of occasions about her career pathway, highlighting that it is possible, although challenging, to progress a research career whilst having a young family
- Dr Maxine Mayhew, Group Commercial Director – Northumbrian Water
After completing a PhD in water science, Essex-born Maxine held a wide range of roles at United Utilities for over fourteen years. She joined Northumbrian Water, which is an industry leader in energy from sewage waste, having already led a technical project in Advanced Anaerobic Digestion (AAD) - the energy creation process. She is also helping to grow Northumbrian Water’s commercial Private Finance business initiatives which already has contracts in Scotland and Ireland. Maxine has group-wide responsibilities in the North East, Essex and Suffolk, Scotland, Ireland and Gibraltar.
The House of Commons Science and Technology Committee recently considered this issue, read their report here.
This event will also see the North East launch of Women and Parliament, a project from Parliament’s Outreach Service, by Chi Onwurah MP.
Women in Parliament will offer one- off events around the country with expert speakers to stimulate discussion and enthusiasm for increasing women’s engagement, as well as resources and support for organisations engaged in increasing women’s civic engagement as well as other related areas.
When & Where
Newcastle Science City
Newcastle Science City is a partnership between Newcastle University and Newcastle City Council to help the region realise the full economic potential of its science and technology-based industries.
We deliver a range of activities including the development of a close-knit scientific community and encouraging more people to work in scientific and technical roles. Key to our remit is creating and growing innovative businesses.