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January 30, 2017

Girl Geek Scotland: ‘sticky floors’ workshop

Filed under: Events,Girls in STEM,Training,Uncategorized,Women in STEM — hwalker2 @ 12:12 pm

Girl Geek Scotland is a network and community for people working and studying in technology and related areas in Scotland. On the evening of Tuesday 7 February 2017, they are holding a ‘sticky floors’ workshop at Waverley Gate, Edinburgh, with speakers who work as personal coaches. The aim is to help people to think differently, to help them overcome the subconscious blocks that may be hold them back in their career (the sticky floor as opposed to the glass ceiling.)

For more information about the Sticky Floors workshop any other activities, or to sign up for their newsletter, go to the Girl Geek Scotland website.

January 25, 2017

Are you or could you be a STEM Ambassador?

Filed under: Encouraging STEM subjects,General,Girls in STEM — hwalker2 @ 11:55 am

• Sign up for training by 10 February 2017!
• Stem Ambassadors induction, 1pm 24 February 2017, in T40, Joseph Black Building, School of Chemistry
• If you can’t make 24 Feb, there are regular induction events locally.

Stem Ambassador is a role for you if you are interested in inspiring young people and developing their interests in science, engineering and/or maths.

By signing up as a Stem Ambassador you will have the opportunity to get involved with a variety of different projects where you can engage school pupils and support teachers in the classroom.

The organisers, STEM Ambassadors, provide *full training* and PVG checks.

More information about the process can be found here on the STEM East website.

If you would like to become a Stem Ambassador, please email Heather Milton by Friday 10 February for more details about how to register online and what you need to bring to the induction session which takes place from 1pm in T40, Joseph Black Building, School of Chemistry, on Friday 24 February.

January 16, 2017

Screening of “Pretty Curious Girls in STEM” campaign

Filed under: Girls in STEM — hwalker2 @ 4:21 pm

Over the weekend, at least one Edinburgh cinema was showing EDF’s Pretty Curious video, which was part of a campaign launched in 2015 with the stated aim of inspiring teenage girls to consider careers in STEM.

The campaign has attracted criticism, both for its name and for the decision, last year, to announce a 13 year-old-boy as the winner of its PrettyCuriousChallenge competition.


January 12, 2017

Royal Society Rosalind Franklin Award and Lecture

Nominations are open for the Royal Society Rosalind Franklin Award, given each year to a woman for their outstanding work in any field of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

The recipient of the £30k award is expected to spend a proportion of the grant on implementing a project to raise the profile of women in STEM in their host institution and/or field of expertise in the UK.

Deadline for nominations: 6pm 30 January 2017.

January 11, 2017

Accenture Girls in STEM event

Filed under: Events,Girls in STEM,Uncategorized — hwalker2 @ 4:56 pm

On the 7 February 2017 Accenture will host Girls in STEM events across the UK for thousands of girls aged between 11 and 13. The events will take place in London, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Manchester, where the girls will have the chance to try their hand at coding, take part in workshops and hear from inspirational speakers from the STEM sector.

Areti Manataki and Kami Vaniea are involved in the Edinburgh event, which is taking place in the in the Innovation Lounge, John McIntyre Conference Centre, Pollock Halls. The events aim to encourage more girls into STEM subjects and careers.

If you have a 11-13 year old who may be interested, ask their teacher to register here:

BCSWomen Lovelace Colloquium

Filed under: Events,Girls in STEM,Uncategorized — hwalker2 @ 4:14 pm

The 10th BCSWomen Lovelace Colloquium is open for student abstract submissions. Deadline 17 February 2017.

The Colloquium will take place in Aberystwyth, 12 April.

To celebrate the 10th anniversary, the organisers will provide all successful poster contest finalists with 2 nights’ accommodation (11 and 12 April) as well as a refund of reasonable travel costs. On the night of 11 April there will also be some fun activities (hackathon, creative coding session, social) for those who wish to take part.

To enter the contest, students need submit a 250 word abstract on the computing topic of their choice.

All information, including submission form, FAQ, and so on can be found at

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