Does the world really want more ‘#WomenInSTEM’?

You are forgiven for thinking you have heard it all before- it is because you have. There’s a skills gap (yawn), girls don’t like engineering (:-zzzzz) and what they really need is role models (please change the record!). What is surprising is that, for a bunch of scientists, we haven’t been very scientific in how we solve it. We have spent hundreds of millions of pounds on a number of well-intentioned campaigns, before doing the data collection and analysis- and we have had very little impact. Well, after ten years of working on Improving Gender Balance, the Institute of Physics are pretty proud of their results.

Read my blog at Science Grrl here.

Improving Gender Balance

What can girls do?  Check out my handy advice here.

What can business/ industry do? Check out my top tips here.

Read the IOP Reflections on Improving Gender Balance here.


I’ve started doodling rather than blogging. These have been well received,



NASA at the Science Museum, July 2016


WOW Talks, September 2016


London Special Leaders Award, July 2016



How Memories Are Made, Royal Institution, September 2016


What we cannot know, Royal Institution, October 2016


Ada Lovelace Day Live, October 2016


Epilepsy Explored, Kings Place, September 2016


Keeping The Magic Of Science Alive, June 2016



Sci Comm Social Careers Event, September 2016


IRIS Higgs Hunters Launch, September 2016


Open Lab “Do it Yourself Science”, September 2016


Sean Caroll, “The Big Picture”, Royal Institution, October 2016



Diversity In Tech/ Digital Science WiSTEM Spotlight



IRIS Meeting, 2016



Sci Comm Social, Media/ Journo Training, September 2016


Furry Logic: The Physics of Animal Life, IOP, October 2016


Science is Vital AGM, September 2016



TWINKLE Celebration, UCL, July 2016


Making Waves, IOP, September 2016


The Science of Stress, Royal Institution, October 2016



The Mechanics of the Metropolis, Laurie Winkless, IOP, September 2016




Operating at the Boundaries, Data 



Gravitons, Exotic Higgs Bosons, or nothing at all.. The LHC at 13 TeV


Euro Physics Forum, Getting the Diversity Right in Physics




Slides & Upcoming:

New slide set: download (STEM & CPE)

Upcoming adventures:

Saturday 5th Nov: 13:00 @ UCL – “Geology Open Day”

Monday 7th Nov: 18:30 @ Royal Institution – Astrobiology, the Truth is Out There (Jim Al khalili)

Tuesday 8th Nov: 17:30- Molecular Biophysics @ the Randall Centre, Guy’s Campus, New Hunt’s House, SE1 1UL (by London Bridge)

Tuesday 8th Nov: 18:30 Revolutionary science in the age of the guillotine, Royal Society (NO booking, turn up early)

Thursday 10th Nov: ALL DAY- WISE Campaign Conference

Weds 16th Nov: 18:30 @ IOP – Scientific Secrets of Doctor Who (+ annual dinner, they are invited if they are keen)

Thursday 17th Nov: 18:30 @ Royal Society – Our Window on the Universe  (NO booking, turn up early)

Tuesday 22nd Nov: 17:30 – Robotics with KCL Robotics society, Strand Campus, WC2R 2LS (by Temple)

Tuesday 22nd Nov: 17:00, Wimbledon High School Exoplanets Lecture QMUL

Wednesday 23rd Nov: 18:30, Royal Institution Operating at the boundaries: The science and art of getting things done

Thursday 24th Nov: Design Museum Opens

28th November: 18:30, Royal Institution “What’s the use of consciousness?”

30th November: Crime Lates at the Science Museum

30th November: 18:30 @ IOP – Human Colour Vision

1st December: 18:00 @ IET- Young Women Engineer of the Year Awards

7th December: 18:30 @ IOP “Detecting gravitational waves – a new window on the universe”


Engineer Our Future

I held my own Hackathon!

Engineer Our Future was a Royal Academy of Engineering Ingenious Award winning event held at Imperial College London on 24 & 25 September, 2016. Over 50 students attended from 16 different state schools across London. Over the weekend the girls were presented with global engineering challenges, taught how to program by Imperial College students and graduates, then set-to-task in developing app-based solutions. The girls met many inspirational women working in STEM from across the scientific community, and they immensely enjoyed the opportunities to network with professionals and hear from current university students. The girls were never in front of a screen for too long: from campus tours, to hands-on water filtration workshops, to improvised comedy, this was a hackathon like no other. Anne-Marie Imafidon, head STEMette, hosted a panel discussion, where parents and girls heard from women working in range of engineering disciplines. The girls’ parents and teachers were invited in for a morning of technical sessions and discussion before watching their daughters took to the stage to present their incredible solutions. From a 100-person cake shaped like the Shard to a video game that helped map deforestation, this was a weekend no one will ever forget.

Don’t listen to me though, here is what two year 11s have to say: Shoumiya, Mill Hill County High School- “I am extremely grateful to have had this opportunity, and cannot overstate how beneficial it was in improving my skills in coding and developing my interest for it.” Nicole Ho, Hendon School- “It was incredibly exciting to gain an insight into the careers in engineering, as well as the coding behind the life-changing technology that will surely shape our lives and the future of our planet. “

My slides for the event are here: eof-slides

My how-to guide for holding a hackathon is here: How to guide