Further evidence taken on women in STEM careers

30 October 2013

The first panel will comprise witnesses from diversity and equality campaigning and support groups with the aim of gathering information on the scale of gender issues in science and the current initiatives to combat them.

The second panel is comprised of representatives of Universities and University Groups with the aim of challenging what universities are doing for diversity and what responsibility they hold for the identified barriers to women in science.

This is the second evidence session of the inquiry.


Wednesday 30 October 2013; Thatcher Room, Portcullis House 

At 9.15 am

  • Dr June McCombie, former Chair of IOP Project Juno Panel, Institute of Physics
  • Sarah Dickinson, Manager, Athena SWAN Charter, Equality Challenge Unit
  • Professor Dame Julia Higgins, Chair of Diversity Programme, The Royal Society
  • Dr Pia Ostergaard, Senior Fellowship Advisor, Daphne Jackson Trust

At 10.15 am

  • Professor Uta Frith, Emeritus Professor of Cognitive Development at University College London, representing Russell Group
  • Professor Jane Powell, Deputy Warden, Goldsmiths, University of London, representing 1994 Group
  • Clem Herman, Senior Lecturer in Computing and Communications, The Open University
  • [Witness to be confirmed], Universities UK


The session will explore a range of issues, including:

  • The scale of gender issues in science. 
  • Current initiatives to combat gender issues.
  • What universities are doing for diversity.
  • What responsibilities universities hold for the identified barriers to women in science.

Further evidence sessions will be announced in due course.

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