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A Bright Future for Women in STEM - Inspirational Annual Conference held at Eden Court

A Bright Future for Women in STEM - Inspirational Annual Conference held at Eden Court
  • A Bright Future for Women in STEM - Inspirational Annual Conference held at Eden Court

    Dr Heather Reid OBE (Heather the Weather) inspired 85 Highland women to take the route of a career in Science and/or be "informed consumers" during her keynote address at the WEA Women@Work Conference held at Eden Court.  

    Diane Rawlinson (Chief Executive and Principal at Inverness College UHI) told of her experience which was encouraging to many of the delegates.  Her insights were encouraging and thought provoking.

    85 women attended the conference and the response was overwhelmingly positive with comments such as
  •  Encouraged me to really "go for it" and get some degrees
  • (Motivated me) to have confidence in pursuing STEM careers
  • (Gave me) knowledge about different jobs, made me think about what career path to go down
  • (Provided me with) Contact for assertiveness classes for pupils
  • (I will) try to raise greater awareness of women in science to pupils and teachers
  • The inspirational stories from the speakers and the importance of inspiring female role models.  Really pleased to see the involvement of young women (and girls from schools)  All ages found this conference relevant and got something from it."

The conference was a success due to the partnership working that took place between WEA Women@Work Advisory Group members and staff, Dr Heather Reid,
STEM Highland, Inverness College UHI, and the workshop providers and stall holders which included
- Harper and Macleod LLP 
- Scottish Resource Centre for Women in SET
- Global Highland
- Lifescan Scotland
- Energy North
- Open University
- Signpost
This meant the conference was delivered through partnership working with organisations across public, private and voluntary sectors.

Although it was a busy exam time for S5/6 school pupils young women from 9 Highland schools attended the day's activities.  Many of them spoke of their appreciation and said they were motivated and inspired by the speakers and workshops.  They were also very keen to further their involvement with the STEM Highland Ambassador connections either now or in the future.

Our WEA Women@Work Project Co-ordinator says

"The enthusiasm of the speakers, work shop providers and stall holders set a supportive and encouraging tone throughout the day which culminated in a question and answer session where young delegates as well as the not so young were confident enough to air their views.  The delegates were vocal of their motivation to further explore a future within STEM industries."

 

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