John Innes Centre - Inspiring the Women of the Future

July 24 2015

In April 2015, the John Innes Centre hosted the first Women of the Future Conference, at which female students from 20 schools across Norfolk and Suffolk heard inspirational talks designed to make it clear that girls can make it in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEMM) careers. The students heard speeches from high profile women in Science, including Chief Executive of the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) Professor Jackie Hunter and Space Scientist and BBC presenter Dr Maggie Aderin-Peacock. They also met with role models from across the country, at various stages of their careers, who shared their STEMM career experiences.

One of the conferences’ sponsors, Intel, provided an all-female film crew to capture the impact of the event on a group of girls from Flegg High School in Martham video can be seen here

The conference was sponsored by the John Innes CentreNorfolk County Council, the University of East AngliaBBSRC, the Society of BiologyPlant Biotechnology LtdResNet, and Intel

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