6:00 PM18:00

"Inferior, how science got women wrong"

Angela Saini, science journalist, in conversation with Dr. Kirstie Whitaker

Angela Saini is taking her new book, Inferior: How Science Got Women Wrong and the New Research That's Rewriting the Story, on a tour of UK universities to talk about the women in science. We will host Angela in Cambridge, where she will present her new book in a conversation with Dr Kirstie Whitaker, Dept of Psychiatry.

Inferior is about the mistakes and bias that have plagued scientific research on women for more than a century, and the empowering new work that promises to transform the way we think about women’s minds, bodies and place in the human evolutionary story.

Angela Saini is an award-winning British science journalist and broadcaster. She presents science programmes on BBC Radio 4 and the World Service, and her writing has appeared all over the world, including in New Scientist, the Guardian, and Science.

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1:00 PM13:00

What is it like to be a woman in STEMM? Gender bias, sexual harassment, and the myth of meritocracy

  • Small Lecture Theatre, Bragg Building (map)
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Dr. Meredith Nash

University of Tasmania

Women are underrepresented in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine (STEMM) fields worldwide, particularly in leadership positions. In this presentation, Dr Nash will discuss her findings from an ongoing mixed-methods sociological study drawing on the experiences of 25 women in STEMM fields who were all participants in a three-week transformational leadership program in Antarctica in 2016. She will use a feminist intersectional analysis to examine the women’s experiences of science leadership, including challenges they face as women in male-dominated fields.

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5:00 PM17:00

Strength of a Woman - Dr. Rebecca Karanja

Strength of a Woman: Academic, wife and mother in Kenya

Dr. Rebecca Karanja

Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, Nairobi

Dr. Rebecca Karanja is a plant ecologist and university lecturer who will be discussing her career and reflecting on the challenges she has overcome as a woman working in science, personally and professionally, and especially on the particular challenges of being a researcher in Kenya. 

Please join us and the NanoDTC in welcoming Rebecca to Cambridge, and for an interesting and frank discussion comparing and contrasting the challenges of working in Nairobi and Cambridge. 

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12:30 PM12:30

More Diversity = Better Science


12:30 - 13:30: Launch over Lunch

Andy Parker and Rachael Padman will talk shortly about their new vision for the shared ‘Team Cavendish’ values
...followed by NANNA MEXICO lunch served in the Foyer

17:00 - 18:30: Evening Talks

Prof Meena Upadhyaya (Cancer and Genetics, Cardiff University)
Will speak about her career and her experience as a champion of women in science.
Dr Thekla Morgenroth (Psychology, University of Exeter)
What is affirmative action?
What are it’s positive and negative effects?
How to frame AA policies?

Followed by nibbles and drinks in the foyer

**Free Cavendish tote bags and lanyards commemorating diversity in science**

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7:00 PM19:00

Formal Dinner: Darwin with Prof. Fowler

Join us for a formal dinner at Darwin College, hosted by Prof. Mary Fowler. Prof. Fowler is a geologist and the Master of Darwin College.

We will have a four-course dinner, followed by an informal talk by Prof. Fowler.

A great way to meet fellow physics students and socialise across research groups!

Open to all women and non-binary physicists across all post-graduate academics levels (PhD students, post-docs, JRFs and academics)

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5:00 PM17:00

Lecture: Prof. Fay Dowker

Prof. Fay Dowker - Imperial College London

Inner Space, Outer Space: General Relativity and Human Experience

Our best theory of gravity, General Relativity (GR) is over 100 years old.  In the years since its creation, GR has been very successful in explaining the physics of Outer Space: of the solar system, of galaxies,of gravitational waves and of the whole universe on the largest scales that we can observe.

I will give an account of some of the underlying concepts of General Relativity that emphasises something rather different namely their more intuitive aspects. I will appeal to the Inner Space of our conscious perceptions to argue that GR is not just more scientifically accurate but more in tune with our intimate experience than its predecessor theory, Newtonian Gravity. It also has something to say, I believe, about the way we understand the physical world that can have an impact on our views on all aspects of our lives. General Relativity leaves one puzzle unsolved however: how to explain our experience of the passage of time. 

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5:00 PM17:00

Welcome Party

A chance for all women and non-binary folk in the department to meet each other and to welcome the new students! Female academics in the department and in other departments are showing their support by attending this party, so you will be able to meet them too!

We will introduce CiW's aims and activities for the year, and there will be laptops out for you to sign up to our mentoring scheme if you wish!

Prof. Val Gibson will be talking to us briefly about the importance of support networks for Women in science, and about schemes such as Athena Swan and Juno project, in which she is heavily involved.

Drinks and nibbles provided!

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