On 7 February 2013 the Biochemical Society launched its women in biochemistry activities for 2013 with a reception at the Royal Institution (London, UK). The event showcased the Society’s broader women in science work and planned events throughout 2013.
The afternoon began with a short introduction from the Society’s President Ron Laskey (University of Cambridge, UK) who welcomed attendees and spoke of the importance of championing women in science.
This was followed by a speech from Shabana Mahmood MP, Shadow Minister for Universities and Science and Labour MP for Birmingham Ladywood. Shabana started to by paying tribute to the work undertaken by her predecessor Chi Onwurah and proclaiming the portfolio to be one of the most exciting available. In particular she picked out the Society’s newly launched Stay Connected Bursary scheme and the High-sci schools lecture series for praise, proclaiming that taking real scientists in to schools was a better strategy for promoting a career in science than videos involving lipstick, high heels and dance music!
The event attracted a mixture of members and those who work on areas of gender equality in STEM careers including representatives from Athena Swan, the Daphne Jackson Trust and WiSE. We were also pleased to welcome Science Grrl as an exhibitor. Science Grrl is a network of (mainly) female scientists who are passionate about passing on their love of STEM to the next generation.
The event also provided the Society an opportunity to the Society to showcase the research undertaken during the centenary in 2011 in to early women biochemists. The exhibition ‘Women and the Beginnings of Biochemistry’ explores the role of women in the Society, early women members, key organizations and areas such as networks, career paths and family.
Thank you to everyone who attended the launch and keep a look out for information on all our upcoming activities on our website.