Restructuring stereotypes

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According to the Breaking the Barriers report by the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC), 99 per cent of female chemists said that there had been a lack of progression for women in the sector.

To encourage a more diverse community in this field, the Graphene Flagship is hosting a specialist Women in Graphene career development day, to be held at the National Graphene Institute, Manchester on 11 and 12 February 2019.

Coinciding with the International Day of Women and Girls in STEM, Women in Graphene aims to connect women working in the sector through a series of biannual meetings and the establishment of a peer-to-peer support network.

As part of a two-day program, the first day seminar contains a series of talks and workshops aiming to support the career development of women working in graphene. This includes a presentation of the RSC’s Breaking the Barriers report, an examination of women’s progression in the chemical sciences, which will be led by Laura Norton, inclusion and diversity manager at the RSC.

Professor Sarah Haigh of the University of Manchester will also deliver a talk at the seminar focusing on her adventures imaging atoms. This will be followed by a keynote speech from Dr. Jess Wade of Imperial College London, an established academic in materials science, and an advocate for women in STEM.

Following the first day of seminars, Springboard Consultancy will be running a career development workshop for participants on Tuesday 12 February.To attend, visitors are encouraged to register their interest in advance via the Graphene Flagship website. This will ensure they receive full program information and the first alerts about potential travel grants for early stage career researchers.

Visitors can register their attendance in advance using the online form.