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Campus North puts together women in STEM panel for Ada Lovelace Day
Posted by Jamie Hardesty on 06 Oct 2016
Newcastle-based tech hub Campus North is focussing on getting more women involved in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) this month, hosting an event coinciding with Ada Lovelace Day.
The Day, named after the world’s first computer programmer, celebrates the achievements of women in STEM.
To mark the occasion, Campus North is holding a Leading Ladies in STEM event, giving an opportunity to hear from a panel of the region’s very own leading ladies.
An astronomer, a science student and a creative agency leader will take part, giving insights into their career journey, challenges and experiences, whilst looking at what has changed (and what hasn’t) over the past 30 years.
Lyndsey Britton, Head of Campus North, said: “Getting more women into STEM roles has been a hot topic for some time and one focus of our Tech For Life programme.
“We are holding our Leading Ladies In STEM event to firstly celebrate Ada Lovelace, but also discover what challenges and obstacles females today face in a male-dominated industry.”
Panelists at the event, which takes place at Campus North on Tuesday 11th October from 4-6.30pm, include:
- Dr. Renske Smit, Astronomer and Postdoctoral Scientist whose research is focused on observations of galaxies in the very distant Universe using telescopes such as the Hubble Space Telescope
- Erica Boston, Year 13 Student who says she is studying Physics and Biology in the hope she can help avert ecological disaster and ‘maybe also clone David Attenborough’.
- Sarah Cox, Director & Project Manager at Agile Pixel an international web design and development agency. Sarah relocated to Newcastle upon Tyne from Austin, Texas, where she ran a co-working community for tech startups.
Lyndsey added: “By having a mix of women, from students considering a career in STEM, to those who have been in the industry for decades, it will be interesting to see the similarities and differences the various generations have faced.”