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Encouraging more women engineers and scientists

Monday, October 21, 2013

Recently Meg Munn MP invited some of the people in Sheffield Hallam University’s Women in SET team to a meeting to discuss how they could encourage more women engineers and scientists. Denise Eaton, Pat Morton and Jill Collins were joined via Skype by Katarina Stennsson, the project manager for ‘Womengineer’, a Swedish innovative website which aims to inspire girls to choose careers in engineering.

The discussed ranged as the participants shared some of the different initiatives currently underway in both Sweden and the UK. Katarina explained that the website contains information as well as a number of blogs, and aims to present a new perspective of the engineering profession. The Hallam team were particularly interested to hear about the ‘Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day’ in Sweden and are going to consider planning something similar for the UK.

The Hallam team outlined to Meg their plans for the coming year and all agreed about the importance of the Sheffield Festival of Science and Engineering in March. Meg also offered her support for the brand new Food Engineering degree which is being managed by Hallam University in partnership with the Food and Drink Federation.

Meg said:

Good work has already been done to raise awareness of the obstacles which prevent women from entering the science and engineering professions. It is now crucial that we continue to push for real changes in order to eradicate these obstacles.  

The Hallam Women in SET team have some fantastic plans for the coming year and I look forward to continuing our joint activities so we make a real difference in tackling the underrepresentation of women in these very important professions.”

Meg edited Unlocking Potential: perspectives on women in Science, Engineering & Technology - a collection of essays exploring what holds girls and women back and what can be done: http://www.smith-institute.org.uk/file/Women%20in%20SET.pdf

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Meg with Denise Eaton, Jill Collins and Pat Morton

Meg with Denise Eaton, Jill Collins and Pat Morton

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