Past speakers at our events include leaders within the fields of IT, academia, entrepreneurship and international aid.
Professor Dame Athene Donald DBE FRS
Athene Donald is a Professor of Experimental Physics and Master of Churchill College at the University of Cambridge. From 2010 until 2014 Athene was the university’s Gender Equality Champion, working on multiple initiatives to tackle gender imbalance in academia. Fellow of the Royal Society, Athene was also awarded the 2009 L’Oréal-UNESCO Laureate for Europe Award. She writes extensively on wide ranging issues for both her blog and for the print media.
Professor Fay Dowker
Fay Dowker is a Professor of Theoretical Physics at Imperial College, London. Fay works on the problem of quantum gravity. Her research is based on the hypothesis that spacetime is fundamentally granular or atomic. Prior to becoming a Professor in London Fay completed postdoctoral work at Fermilab, University of California, Santa Barbara and California Institute of Technology. She did her PhD in Cambridge supervised by Stephen Hawking.
Dame Barbara Stocking
Dame Barbara Stocking is the current president of Murray Edwards College, the same college she attended whilst studying for a Pharmacology degree in the 1970's. Prior to her appointment she was the CEO of Oxfam UK, a position she held for nearly 13 years. Her earlier work includes forming part of the top management team of the NHS, and work at the National Academy of Sciences in the USA. She is an active promoter of women in science.
Professor Mary Fowler
Mary Fowler is a Professor of Geophysics at the University of Cambridge and the Master of Darwin College. Once a PhD student herself at Darwin College, Mary is well known for her seminal book; 'The Solid Earth' published in 1996 and now in 2nd edition. Mary is also from a distinguished scientific family: her Great Grandfather was Ernest Rutherford and great grandfather Sir Ralph Fowler.
Anne-Marie is the founder of STEMETTES, a bid to encourage young women into mathematics, technology and science via panel events, 'hackathons' and media coverage. She is a board member at Inspirational YOU, a fellow of the RSA and director at Avisami. She has been named the UK IT Industry & British Computer Society's Young IT Professional of the Year 2013, Red Magazine's 'Woman to Watch' 2014 and the 29th most Influencial woman in IT 2015.
Professor Michelle Ryan
Michelle Ryan is a Professor of Social and Organisational Psychology and Dean of Postgraduate Research & Director of the University of Exeter Doctoral College at the University of Exeter, as well as Professor of Diversity at the University of Groningen. Among wide ranging research interests, Michelle uncovered the phenomenon of the 'glass cliff'- named by the New York Times as one of the top ideas that shaped 2008.
Dr Tom Stafford
Tom Stafford is a Lecturer in Psychology and Cognitive Science, and departmental Director of Pubic Engagement at the University of Sheffield. Tom has authored multiple books on psychology and neuroscience, including ‘Mind Hacks: Tips & Tricks for Using Your Brain’. He has written and produced content for the BBC, The Conversation, The Guardian, Daily Mail and more.
Dr Sarah Bohndiek
Dr Sarah Bohndiek is a lecturer in biomedical physics at the Department of Physics at the University of Cambridge. She leads her own international research group and is a junior research group leader at the Cancer Research UK Cambridge Institute. She has been awarded for her outstanding research and her role in supporting younger scientists; In 2014 she won the MSCA "Nurturing Research" Talent Prize, a Women In Science and Engineering (WISE) Research Award and an MRC Science Suffrage Heirloom.
Cary is an award-winning entrepreneur and founder of Punchfront Innovations. Previous to this, Cary founded Mydeo, a DTI Research and Development grant funder company providing high-quality streaming video and content delivery services to businesses around the world.
Cary was awarded the inaugural Iris Award at the NatWest Everywoman Awards in recognition of her business success through effective implementation and use of IT and Communications. She was named UKRC Woman of Outstanding Achievement 2011 winner for Entrepreneurship & Innovation, and was the Breakthrough Pioneer award winner in Red Magazineʼs Hot Women Awards 2011.
Cary regularly speaks at events as a STEM ambassador about her passion for getting more girls interested in science and technology, knowing that enthusiastic role models can change lives.
Dr Eileen Nugent
Dr Eileen Nugent is an Early Career Lecturer at the Cavendish Laboratory, Cambridge and a Fellow of Lucy Cavendish College. Her research focusses on the biophysical dynamics of biological systems looking at processes such as how cells control their size and the role of DNA restructuring in determining cellular response to environmental changes.
Eileen is also an Institute of Physics coordinator for Malawi where the IOP have set up a resource and information technology resource centre to support teachers in the challenge of bringing engaging experiments to students in under-resourced schools. She works with groups teachers to build practical knowledge by running experiment-centred training camps which empower teachers to make physics interactive for their student.
Dr Sian Dutton
Dr Sian Dutton is a Winton Advanced Fellow in the Quantum Matter group at the University of Cambridge. Sian works in the Quantum Matter group where she investigates new materials for Li-ion batteries.
Jessica Wade is a Senior Outreach Officer at Kings College London, and finishing Postgraduate Researcher at Imperial College London. She was recently awarded the Institute of Physics’ Early Career Physicist Communicator Prize for her work in science outreach. As well as being a board member for the WISE campaign (Women Into Science and Engineering), Jess also blogs and generates outreach resources on her website makingphysicsfun.com