ScienceGrrl’s greatest asset is its people. In addition to a growing online community, we link all our members into a network of local chapters which enable our supporters to connect with each other in real life too. So far we have the following chapters:
|London||Dr Indi Ghangrekar||@IndrayaniG|
|Northampton||Dr Gemma Marsden||@DrGLMarsden|
|Coventry & Warwick||Judith Klein||Coventry & Warwickshire FB group|
|Manchester||Dr Heather Williams||@alrightPET|
|Glasgow||Prof Tracey Howe||@ProfTraceyHowe|
|Stirling||Dr Rachel Norman||@AFSRachel|
|Aberdeen||Dr Sarah Hughes||@muddyshoes66|
Chapter leads act as local points of contact for ScienceGrrl members interested in initiatives supporting and celebrating women in science, technology, engineering and maths, and for local organisations looking to connect and collaborate with ScienceGrrl. Some chapters meet socially on a regular basis, others meet to deliver regular events or specific projects, others exist as a loose support network that can be tapped into as required, and the nature and number of chapters fluctuates over time as key members join…and move on.
If you would like to be put in touch with your local ScienceGrrl chapter, please contact us.
ScienceGrrl’s Director, Dr Heather Williams, wrote a blog post about creating the 2013-4 strategy which said:
“Whilst we’ve big ideas and ambitions, we’re also aware that Rome (or gender equality in science) isn’t built in a day. It’s important, particularly as a grassroots network of volunteers, that we take developments at a sustainable pace. So this year is a year of trying things out, developing collaborations, finding out where we’re most needed and the difference we’re best placed to make. And we intend to have a lot of fun doing all this cool stuff.”
And we have continued in much the same vein, encouraging and resourcing local chapters to explore the opportunities available to them and try out new ideas. In this way we empower and amplify the voices of women in science, technology, engineering and maths at the grass-roots level, in a manner that is organic and suits their skills, abilities, opportunities and availability. This relaxed approach means we also have a lot of fun doing things we care about with people who share that passion. Because, whilst it’s nice to connect via social media, it’s brilliant to meet up in real-life. Especially if there are very few women in your professional working life.
View ScienceGrrl local chapters in a larger map.