International Women’s Day 2016

Well. Today has been rather busy. I had THREE projects come to fruition, and all of them are attracting a lot of attention on social media, so I am chuffed. Have a look at #IWD2016 or #InternationalWomensDay to see some of the brilliant online conversations going on around the topic.

IWD2016_RS interviewsRoyal Society

I’ve been working with the lovely Awards and Medals team at the Royal Society for a little while. As part of my project, I interviewed three Professors who have won the Rosalind Franklin Medal. Named after the famous biophysicist, this medal is awarded to an individual in recognition of their outstanding contribution to any area of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). These three women are all remarkable scientists, so it was an honour to spend time with them and learn more about their careers and lives. All three are linked below:

  • Lucy Carpenter is a Professor of Atmospheric Chemistry at the University of York.
  • Katherine Blundell is a Professor of Astrophysics at the University of Oxford and a Research Fellow at St John’s College.
  • Sarah-Jayne Blakemore is a Professor of Neuroscience at University College London.


IWD2016_NPLNational Physical Laboratory

Ah, it was nice to get back to the homestead. There, I spoke to nine women at all stages of their career – the list includes an apprentice, a PhD student, a Group Leader and a Fellow… and five more incredible scientists. I was determined to include a diverse selection of voices in the final line-up. Beyond their research, I really wanted to learn more about how these women got to where they are today.  You can read the interviews here:


IWD2016_LTBTLet Toys Be Toys

Regular readers will know that I get a bit rant-y about toys labelled as being ‘for girls’ or ‘for boys’. So, I’ve finally stepped up – I’m now officially involved with the Let Toys Be Toys campaign, who are doing brilliant work on removing those labels. So, in honour of #IWD2016, I collected stories from 17 women in STEM (18 including me)  to ask about their favourite childhood toy. Everyone was so giving of their time, it was a pleasure to put together. You can read it here:


So, for me at least, it has been an International Women’s Day to remember! And yes, for those cynical readers amongst you, there is an International Men’s Day too. This year, it’s on 19 November, and if I remember, I will write a post about some of the men who have helped me along my career.