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Dr Katie Perry, CEO, The Daphne Jackson Trust (CONFIRMED)

  • Understanding the future challenges to girls’ education and women’s employment and progression in STEM
  • Outlining the government’s strategy to meet the UN Sustainable Development Goals on gender equality and STEM education by 2030
  • Discussing how T levels, supported by £500 million of government funding per year, will help more girls gain qualifications in STEM subjects
  • Committing to investment in science, research and innovation through the government’s new Industrial Strategy to ensure support for gender parity across industries
  • Assessing findings from the Year of Engineering campaign and evaluating its success in supporting girls’ participation in STEM with the campaign receiving £210,000 of funding for 7 new projects

Hilary Spencer, Director, Government Equalities Office (invited)

  • Assessing how female peer to peer mentors in the workplace can encourage women to apply for senior level positions and prevent dropouts
  • Sharing the success of the ‘MentorSet’ mentoring scheme in creating female role models for women in the work place and demonstrating how women can support each other throughout their career
  • Discussing strategies for the recruitment process to attract more women to apply for STEM positions, and then to ensure their retention and promotion
  • Encouraging employers to recruit women on re-training schemes, return to work schemes and technical apprenticeships programmes after a career break

Elizabeth Donnelly, Chief Executive, Women's Engineering Society (WES) (CONFIRMED)

  • Ensuring continuing progression for women in STEM so that the progress that has been achieved so far is not lost after Brexit
  • Continuing to support women’s participation in STEM after Brexit by ensuring that women are given equal opportunities to develop skills in the sector
  • Exploring the Royal Society’s Brexit strategy designed to achieve the best outcome for research and innovation post-Brexit by maintaining strong UK/EU relationships, retaining highly skilled scientists and ensuring access to future funding
  • Discussing the key points outlined in the UK Research and the European Union People guidance and assessing how to ensure continuing research relationships with EU countries

Professor Jane Clarke, Professor of Molecular Biophysics and Member of Diversity Committee, University of Cambridge, The Royal Society (CONFIRMED)

  • Assessing the end to end careers process and addressing the ‘leaky pipeline’ to ensure girls are taking STEM subjects at GCSE and A Level and progressing to a career in STEM sectors
  • Analysing the WISE 2018 Workforce Statistics, which show that the UK is on target to reach WISE’s goal of 1 million women in STEM by 2020
  • Sharing the success of the ‘People Like Me’ campaign in connecting employers with girls and supporting recruitment of girls into STEM subjects post-16
  • Discussing the methods and strategies that WISE have used to successfully encourage more girls to take up STEM subjects
  • Exploring the Open University Evaluation of the ‘People Like Me’ campaign, which showed that after a campaign session 96% of girls were just as or more likely to choose a STEM subject

Ruth Blanco, Communications Director, Wise Campaign (CONFIRMED)

  • Identifying the major challenges facing BAME women in STEM such as equal opportunities and progression and how to overcome them
  • Outlining effective strategies aimed at achieving racial parity across the sector, in education, recruitment and progression
  • Discussing AFBE-UK’s ‘Making Engineering Hot!’ campaign and how mentoring can support progression of BAME girls into studying engineering and pursuing a career in it
  • Creating more role models for BAME women, with only 0.5% of board members in UK engineering companies being black
  • Helping to fill the skills gap through recruiting a more diverse workforce and providing opportunities for BAME women

Dr Nike Folayan, Chariperson, Association for Black and Minority Ethnic Engineers-UK (CONFIRMED)
Yinka Bankole, Mentoring Lead, Association for Black and Minority Ethnic Engineers-UK (CONFIRMED)

  • Breaking down stereotypes and closing the gender gap to increase diversity in the field of artificial intelligence
  • Widening participation in the next generation of digital specialists through £20 million government funding for the new Institute of Coding
  • Encouraging women to participate in machine-learning research by making the field of AI more open to women and girls
  • Developing a future pipeline of talent by encouraging girls to study computer science at school and to progress into a career in AI

Catalina Butnaru, London Ambassador, Women in AI (CONFIRMED)

Gain the latest insights from leaders in the STEM sector on delivering innovative approaches to encourage participation of girls and women in STEM education and careers

  • Exploring approaches for encouraging girls to take up STEM subjects at school and in further education
  • Challenging stereotypes and unconscious bias which prevent women from entering into education or a career in STEM
  • Evaluating how effective collaboration between employers and education providers can support more women entering STEM roles
  • Analysing how to successfully create a more diverse STEM workforce which includes gender and racial parity
  • Discussing the next steps in delivering strategies for the continuing progression of women in STEM in the future

Dr Jessica Wade, Research Associate Department of Physics, Imperial College London (CONFIRMED)
Jenny Brown, Head Teacher, St Albans High School for Girls (CONFIRMED)
Bola Fatimilehin, Head of Diversity and Inclusion, Royal Academy of Engineering (CONFIRMED)
Andrew Croydon, Head of Education, The Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (CONFIRMED)
Dr Joanne Cole, Associate Dean for Equality and Diversity, Brunel University (CONFIRMED)

* Please note that the final afternoon sessions will be split into two breakout streams for the Education Sector and Employers

*programme subject to change