We are a student-led group, based in Cambridge UK, aimed at raising the visibility of women working in physics. 

Our Motivation

The UK has many leading female academics, entrepreneurs, business women and women in industry who come from physics backgrounds. These women play an important role in inspiring the new generation of women in physics.

Cavendish Inspiring Women (CiW) aims to help raise the visibility of such successful women by putting them in front of younger women considering careers in physics. We are a student-led group composed of PhD students and Postdocs from the University of Cambridge, UK. Our projects include holding speaker events at the Cavendish Laboratory, Cambridge, and the publication of a booklet to encourage young high-school-age women into physics.  

Meet the committee:


Hope Brestcher, Co-president

Ankita Anirban, Co-president


Carmen Palacios-Berraquero, former President


Sarah Morgan, former President

Hannah Stern, former President

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Akhila Kadgathur Jayaram, Social Media and Website Coordinator 

Arya Thampi, Supervision Chair


Freya Johnson, Supervision Chair


Heather Goodwin, Welfare Officer


Olivia Morley, Undergraduate Rep


Hannah Thorne, Undergraduate Rep


Nimisha Kumari, Public Engagement Officer

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Darshana Joshi, International Engagement


Miriam Gauntlett, Activist and Student Engagement

Department of Physics, University of Cambridge

We are supported by the Department of Physics, University of Cambridge. The department is a leader in the UK for supporting women in science. In 2014 the department was awarded an Athena Swan Gold Award, for boosting the role of women in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM) departments.