Celebrate our first birthday – with Prof Brian Cox and Gia Milinovich

Celebrate our first birthday – with Prof Brian Cox and Gia Milinovich

18th October marks the first anniversary of our launch party, and we’re celebrating our first birthday in fine style with fantastic events in Manchester and London, generously supported by Professor Brian Cox and Gia Milinovich. Lecture by Prof Brian Cox Thursday 10th October, University Place, Manchester Prof Brian Cox will be giving our inaugural ‘Because Science is(…)

Lancashire Science Festival

Lancashire Science Festival

ScienceGrrl have been getting out and about and meeting and greeting at science festivals this summer – we kicked off with Lancashire Science Festival in June, a brilliantly full-on day which Abby Ickringill (R&D Chemist at F2 Chemicals) will remind us of in this guest blog post. We had a blast at Live from Jodrell(…)

ScienceGrrl funds Mission Discovery students

ScienceGrrl funds Mission Discovery students

When ScienceGrrl made our 2013 calendar, we did so with the aim of raising funds for something tangible that would encourage young people – particularly girls – to engage with Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths. A couple of weeks ago, ScienceGrrl finally realised this ambition when we funded a team of six (4 girls, 2(…)

Sound Science – get involved!

Sound Science – get involved!

ScienceGrrl is collaborating with education company now>press>play to create a series of science-themed educational adventures for children. We are teaming our scientists with their writers to create a unique and exciting experiences, and we need your help! If you would like to help create and deliver these experiences, please complete the form below by next(…)

Trowelblazing Role Models

Trowelblazing Role Models

This is a guest post by Suzanne Pilaar Birch, a postdoctoral fellow in archaeology at Brown University where her research focuses on human response to climate change in the past. She is one-fourth of the Trowelblazers team, who are working hard to make sure that the contributions of women in the fields of archaeology, geology,(…)

ScienceGrrl chapters – our expanding local networks

ScienceGrrl chapters – our expanding local networks

One evening over a glass of wine, a very lovely lady called Anna Zecharia came out with a very wonderful idea. “ScienceGrrl should have local gatherings. Chapters.” We didn’t need to discuss it, we recognised it for the stroke of genius it was. It went straight into the strategy. What I didn’t foresee is quite(…)

There’s no good reason to push pink toys on girls

There’s no good reason to push pink toys on girls

The royal family are set to be inundated with gifts once William and Kate’s child is born. But before buying presents, should people wait and see if the baby is a boy or a girl? Here is a guest blog post by Melissa Hines, Professor of Psychology, University of Cambridge, a specialist in child gender(…)

Sound Science – audio adventures for children

Sound Science – audio adventures for children

It’s been quite a week here at ScienceGrrl. As well as unleashing our beautiful new website on the world, we’ve also had some very exciting news – we’ve secured our first public engagement grant from STFC! A few months ago, we began developing a collaboration with now>press>play, an innovative education company. The result is Sound(…)

Women in the Workplace

Women in the Workplace

Today the Business, Innovation and Skills Committee published its report of the enquiry into Women in the Workplace, which drew on 103 written submissions, oral evidence from 46 witnesses, and many more responses to discussions on Woman’s Hour and Mumsnet. It’s a thorough report, and also a well-written and engaging read. However, those who live(…)

Being 8 years old, staying 8 years old….

Being 8 years old, staying 8 years old….

I love how even the lab’s solutions room can provoke a state of wonder in someone who has never set foot in a library of chemicals before. The -80C freezer also gets a good reaction. That’s before we’re anywhere near the electrophysiology rig and confocal microscope. Having the chance to open someone’s eyes to the(…)

TrowelBlazers: celebrating awesome trowel-wielding women

TrowelBlazers: celebrating awesome trowel-wielding women

It’s easy to imagine the academic world at the turn of the 20th Century, right? A world closed to all but the most privileged of men – whiskered gentlemen in stiff suits, pipe smoke and port, explorers with a whiff of pith helmet about them. Imagine, then, arriving on the island of Crete in 1904(…)

Pants in spaaaaace!

Pants in spaaaaace!

Pictured left to right: Becky John of WhoMadeYourPants, Liz Bonnin of BBCs ‘Bang Goes the Theory’ and ‘Stargazing Live’ and Heather Williams of ScienceGrrl, each holding a pair of pants which make up our new unique product. Thanks to the Science Museum for permission to also feature the model of the Hubble Space Telescope, in(…)

Maths?… no thanks

Maths?… no thanks

Last week I was sorting through my ScienceGrrl e-mail and came across a really encouraging message from a lady who’d just returned to study Maths in her 50s. I thought it sounded like she had a story to tell, and asked her to write a blog for us. Which she did. I give you –(…)

ScienceGrrl celebrates International Women’s Day – with TASTE, in Uganda

ScienceGrrl celebrates International Women’s Day – with TASTE, in Uganda

I’m really chuffed – as we say in Yorkshire – to introduce this guest post from Amy Buchanan-Hughes, founder of The African Science Truck Experience (TASTE). TASTE runs a mobile science laboratory in rural Uganda so that students in underprivileged secondary schools can get a hands-on experience of science. According to an earlier post on(…)

Hatching a plan – the ScienceGrrl strategy for 2013 onwards

Hatching a plan – the ScienceGrrl strategy for 2013 onwards

ScienceGrrl started out as a reaction to *that* EC video, which spawned the idea to create a series of images representing who female scientists are and what they do – the ScienceGrrl 2013 calendar. In the process we collected a network of people who are passionate about passing on their love of science, technology, engineering(…)

ScienceGrrl and International Women’s Day

ScienceGrrl and International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day celebrates the achievements of women worldwide. In Russia (and elsewhere, I believe) it’s a public holiday. Here at ScienceGrrl, we wanted to take the opportunity this presented to highlight the great work that women are doing in science. The recent WISE report highlighted that only 13% of the STEM workforce are women,(…)

The first ScienceGrrl AGM!

The first ScienceGrrl AGM!

Ladies and gentlemen, may I present Isla Stevens, who will now regale us with merry tales of Friday’s first ever ScienceGrrl AGM. Over to you, Isla! Last Friday I was lucky enough to be able to fit in a trip to London for the first ever ScienceGrrl AGM – calendars, tote bags and posters everywhere.(…)

The amazing adventures of the ScienceGrrl 2013 calendar

The amazing adventures of the ScienceGrrl 2013 calendar

It’s mid-February. When you have spent the last 4 months of your life flogging 2013 calendars, mid-February is a good time to be able to say ‘we have none left’. A mere 2 hours before the ScienceGrrl launch party in October, I took delivery of 1500 copies of the ScienceGrrl 2013 calendar and arranged them(…)

Cooking up a twitter storm. Or: What not to do about the gender divide in science

Today, an article appeared on the Guardian website, not in the science section (it was on the US news blog), but tweeted by @guardianscience and containing the word ‘science’ in the title. About girls and science, its headline claimed to explain ‘why the gender gap exists and what to do about it’. I’ve written about(…)