It’s almost back to school time and before all the Lab_13 kids start blogging again I thought I’d update the blog with a project I’ve become involved with. I’m Jennifer, the scientist in residence at Lab_13 Irchester by the way!
ScienceGrrl is an organisation that celebrates and supports women in science. The aim of the group is to develop a network of people who are passionate about passing on our love of science on to the next generation and promoting gender equality in science. Now, if you’ve read this blog before you’ll know that that is something that the girls in Lab_13 Irchester are very passionate about too! The founders of ScienceGrrl wrote an excellent report on gender equality in science here and it is an excellent read for anyone interested!
Before I joined Lab_13 Irchester I was a researcher in sustainable biotechnology and I was the only girl in the whole lab that I worked in. So I feel quite strongly about gender equality in STEM and felt that this network would be perfect for me and I could help inspire girls into STEM through it too. I looked around for my nearest chapter and found that there isn’t one in Northamptonshire yet but that the Oxford chapter was just getting started. On Tuesday, we had our first meeting and it was so great to meet all the other ladies who were as passionate as I am about inspiring girls to be scientists and engineers etc. We had members from a variety of different disciplines from computer science to helicopter engineering to biomedical science and we all left the meeting so excited about our shared vision for the ScienceGrrl Oxford chapter! Our next meeting is in Sept/Oct so if anyone reading this is interested in joining or would like to come just send me a message on twitter @Lab_13Irchester and I can let you know the details. Or, if you are a teacher, let us know what kind of things you might like from a local ScienceGrrl Chapter.