ScienceGrrl is a broad-based, grassroots organisation celebrating and supporting women in science; a network of people who are passionate about passing on our love of science on to the next generation.

If you would like to support what we’re doing, please join us by becoming a member, it’s only £5!  Most of our members are women who are working scientists, but we also have plenty of non-scientists and those who don’t identify as women on board – you don’t have to be a “science girl” to be a ScienceGrrl.

How we began

ScienceGrrl began in 2012 in the Twitter storm surrounding the video used to launch the EU’s ‘Science: It’s Girl Thing’ campaign, which unfortunately didn’t actually feature any real science.

We set about countering this imagery by making the ScienceGrrl 2013 calendar, produced by Louise Crane (@lulucrumble), which showcased the work of a diverse mix of female scientists from a wide range of backgrounds, alongside their male colleagues. 1500 of these calendars featured in offices, schools and kitchens all around the world, and the images and biographies from the calendar live on past 2013 thanks to Futuremorph.  See more about the calendar here.

In the process of making the calendar, we gathered a network of people who shared our belief that science is for everyone, and wanted to work with us in addressing the under-representation of girls and women in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM). Co-Founders Dr Heather Williams, Dr Anna Zecharia and Dr Ellie Cosgrave oversaw ScienceGrrl’s transition from calendar to campaign.

We established national network of Local Leads who help ScienceGrrl connect with local initiatives and opportunities. Some local groups of ScienceGrrls have also developed into chapters, informal and friendly local networks which provide peer support and a setting to develop social events that support members and outreach events which encourage girls and women from the local community to consider a future in science. Find out more about ScienceGrrl near you here.

As well as establishing local connections, we’re also providing a voice for women in science nationally and exploring ways of elevating the profile of women scientists in mainstream culture. Our ‘Through Both Eyes’ report, produced by Dr Anna Zecharia and Dr Ellie Cosgrave, reviews and collates research into the factors affecting girls’ choices regarding STEM, and includes recommendations to address the factors that undermine free choice. As such, it defines our motivation and methods. We’re keen to collaborate with all who share our vision and values, and are working with a wide variety of organisations, policy makers, media representatives, teachers and schools, and constantly listening out for new ideas for promoting and celebrating women in science. Find out the latest on what we’re doing nationally and who we’re collaborating with here.

And internationally, we’ve already inspired a similar initiative in France, the WAX network, and have interest from Africa and the United States in helping people set up networks there. If you’ve found this site from outside the UK, we’re very happy to share our experiences with you and are excited to see our model adapted for different nations and cultures.

What we do

ScienceGrrl is a not-for-profit organisation run by enthusiastic volunteers, the majority of whom are working in STEM-related careers. Find out about who makes things happen in ScienceGrrl here.

We are continuing to strengthen our network online through this website, Twitter, facebook and our weekly newsletter. These channels also help us elevate and amplify the voices of women in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM), encourage and share with organisations and individuals with similar aims, and promote associated events and initiatives. If you have a story to share or are planning an event our members would be interested in, please do get in touch.

We’re happy to speak to the media about what we do in science and in ScienceGrrl, so if that’s you – do get in touch through sending us a message or via Twitter. We can usually respond to media requests within a few hours and have members who are experienced in giving interviews for print media, as well radio and TV (both live and recorded).