Children First - prof Alex Blakemore's unusual path to a STEM career

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Calling engineering superheroes!

Calling engineering superheroes!

We are delighted to announce The Market Bosworth School (TMBS) has won a Royal Academy of Engineering Ingenious award to work once again with ScienceGrrl and the amazing education organisation now>press>play who create educational audio adventures for children. Eight shortlisted engineers from the ScienceGrrl network and 32 pupils from TMBS will collaborate with now>press>play to(…)

Women in engineering – Focus on Ford

Women in engineering – Focus on Ford

On National Women in Engineering Day, I went to Laindon, Essex, to visit the Ford Dunton Technical Centre – a vast, sprawling complex, comprising large, gleaming buildings, more parking space than a Londoner could ever imagine, and a rather exciting-looking test track. The day started with inspiring speeches from Barb Samardzich, Ford of Europe’s Chief(…)

Crossrail : Engineer your future

Crossrail : Engineer your future

The inaugural National Women in Engineering day was held last month, with over 80 events across the country to celebrate female engineers and to inspire a new generation of girls. One of these was “Engineer Your Future”, a competition run by Crossrail, where 30 winners were invited to Crossrail HQ for a series of workshops(…)

Gender imbalance in the nuclear sector

Gender imbalance in the nuclear sector

The Women’s Engineering Society (WES) – a professional, not-for-profit network for support and development for women engineers – celebrated its 95th anniversary this year by setting up National Women in Engineering Day, held on 23rd June. This post by Indrayani Ghangrekar is part of a series by ScienceGrrl reporters who attended various events. I attended(…)

National Women in Engineering day

National Women in Engineering day

The first ever National Women in Engineering Day in the UK was on 23rd June. The day, devised and coordinated by the Women’s Engineering Society (WES), aimed to celebrate the achievements of women in engineering and support and inspire the next generation of women to achieve their goals. Why is there a need for a(…)

Children first: taking an unusual path to a STEM career

Children first: taking an unusual path to a STEM career

I’m Alex Blakemore and I’m Professor of Human Molecular Genetics at Imperial College London. My path to an academic career has been an unusual one. I did my first degree and PhD as the lone parent of three young children. Even getting into university at all felt like a miracle: due to family circumstances, I’d(…)