The Future of Women in STEM 2019


Who Should Attend?

Delegates who will have an interest in this event will be those working in any STEM related field and an interest in furthering women and girls’ uptake and engagement in the subject.

*This Conference is open to Public, Private and Third Sectors

For more information or to make a booking please call 0330 058 4285


Registration, Refreshments and Networking
Chair’s Welcome Address

Dr Heather Williams, Director, ScienceGrrl (invited)


Keynote Address: Encouraging Female Engagement and Uptake Of STEM Subjects In Schools
  • Exploring the 2018 House of Commons Committee of Public Accounts report Delivering STEM Skills for the Economy and its implications for STEM teaching in schools
  • Highlighting the importance of providing comprehensive careers guidance, to ensure that misconceptions over normative gender roles are not perpetuated
  • Introducing the new Institutes of Technology, innovative collaborations between employers and further/higher education providers, providing high quality skills and knowledge
  • Accessing the STEM international teacher recruitment programme through the DfE to provide inspirational role models to the pupils
  • Outlining the Teaching and Leadership Innovation Fund, which provides additional support to eligible teachers and schools across a range of STEM areas

Nikita Pantal, Senior Policy Adviser, Lead in STEM Strategy Coordination and Policy Manager for Girls’ and Women’s Participation in STEM, Department for Education (invited)


Keynote Address: Supporting Schools To Provide Outstanding STEM Education  
  • Detailing the Aspire to STEM programme, which is designed to improve leadership, develop teaching models, increase science capital, and support teachers in advising pupils on STEM careers and further study
  • Utilising female STEM ambassadors to inspire students through ensuring they can ‘see themselves’ in a STEM career
  • Equipping teachers with real-life knowledge and experience through the STEM Insight placement scheme, helping to contextualise career opportunities in the classroom
  • Explaining the structure and purpose of the Science Learning Partnerships and how the peer-learning can promote best-practice in encouraging female uptake of STEM subjects
  • Exploring the range of enrichment activity ideas and opportunities which can engage female students, such as dedicated STEM clubs

Yvonne Baker, Chief Executive, STEM Learning (invited)


Key Supporter Session


Questions and Answers Session
Refreshments and Networking
Case Study: Promoting Engagement In STEM At School Through Enrichment Activities
  • Achieving the award for Outstanding STEM Club at the national 2018 STEM Inspiration Awards
  • Providing practical hands-on science experiments in a fun and supportive environment, encouraging the use of practical skills, problem solving and cultivating an atmosphere where it is acceptable to make mistakes
  • Utilising the club to promote education about further education and careers in STEM, with many previous attendees now pursuing STEM-related degrees and employment
  • Sharing guidance on designing successful STEM club activities, emphasising the importance of simplicity and enthusiasm
  • Ensuring the club contextualises lesson-based learning whilst maintaining the fun element, and maximises the additional opportunities available through external competitions such as the CREST Awards

Lynn Nickerson, STEM Co-Ordinator, Didcot Girls’ School (CONFIRMED)


Case Study: Innovatively Inspiring Girls To Pursue STEM Subjects
  • Inspiring the next generation of women in STEM fields by highlighting women already working in the area through a series of panel events, hackathons, exhibitions and mentoring
  • Ensuring that girls are able to make informed decisions about careers in STEM, with an ultimate target of 30%+ of the UK’s core STEM workforce being female
  • Demonstrating the success of targeted strategies, with almost 40,000 young people attending events and 95% of these having an increased interest in STEM as a result
  • Exploring the range of opportunities for schools to access, from providing visits to external STEM companies to delivering tailored panel or technical sessions to students
  • Encouraging engagement with the STEMillions, a club run by young women but available for anyone to attend, based around activities as part of a national scheme offering prizes

Yasmin Lodhi, Programme Manager, Stemettes (invited)


Case Study: Delivering A Comprehensive Approach To Improving Retention Of Underrepresented Groups in Higher Education
  • Embedding intersectional equality strategies throughout every level of university operation
  • Working in partnership with students and different communities across a university to promote equality
  • Creating action plans (including Athena Swan) to drive improvements of women’s representation and attainment in HE
  • Celebrating women’s achievements in HE
  • Challenge preconceptions and stereotypes around the suitability of the field for women

Sarah Guerra, Director of Diversity and Inclusion, King’s College London (CONFIRMED)


Questions and Answers Session
Lunch and Networking
Keynote Address:Outlining The Changing Landscape Of Women In STEM In The UK  
  • Reporting on the 2018 Workforce Statistics, highlighting that women still only make up 22% of the core STEM workforce
  • Engaging girls in careers and study in STEM through an interactive game which matches personality traits to STEM fields
  • Detailing the People Like Me resource, which includes a range of female role models and strategies for dedicated school-run sessions to promote positive self-identification in the students
  • Highlighting the research which demonstrates that girls are more likely to consider studying STEM beyond 16 if they can see that it keeps their options open, they can envisage themselves working in it, and they think they will ‘fit in’
  • Sharing guidance on successful teaching approaches, including emphasising the variety of scientist types, and avoiding use of stereotypically alpha-male language

Helen Wollaston, Chief Executive, WISE (invited)


Keynote Address: Ensuring Representation, Progression, And Success For All In STEM Fields 
  • Establishing the Athena SWAN Charter to encourage and recognise commitment to advancing the careers of women in STEMM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine)
  • Advising on the benefits and process of joining the charter, emphasising its potential as a catalyst for change and ability to improve retention of staff
  • Outlining the ten key principles which make up the charter, adopting them into their policies, practices, action plans and culture
  • Exploring a range of best-practice initiatives which showcase institutions who are leading the way in facilitating gender equality to promote transference of successful approaches
  • Encouraging uptake in the use of the Equality Networks as a means of enabling peer-learning and strategic knowledge sharing

Ruth Gilligan, Associate Director – Equality Charters, AdvanceHE (invited)


Case Study: Challenging Misconceptions Around Girls Ability In STEM 
  • Understanding the depth and strength of persistent stereotypes which maintain the belief that numerical-based subjects are a male preserve
  • Equipping women and girls with the skills required for the jobs of the future in the provision of STEM courses and initiatives at the college
  • Ensuring that inspirational female role models in STEM fields are celebrated and taught to students
  • Delivering teaching and the overall curriculum in a way that is tailored to each sex to avoid self-perpetuating sentiments of unsuitability
  • Maximising the potential of the new Institute of Technology plans to create a digital learning hub which will seek to spark engagement and curiosity in areas of high demand by employers

Dr Julie Mills, Principal and Chief Executive, Milton Keynes College (invited)


Questions and Answers Session
Refreshments and Networking
Case Study: Designing A Successful Strategy To Tackle Under-Representation Of Girls In STEM
  • Reflecting on the impact of interventions to improve female participation in further physics study in schools as part of the Improving Gender Balance study
  • Analysing progression data by gender for different subjects to identify any drivers for differences between gender uptakes
  • Training teachers to understand and recognise unconscious bias, and how they can mitigate the impact of differences in experience between boys and girls
  • Improving resilience through raising students’ awareness and engagement of the gender stereotypes they face and equipping them with the tools to overcome them
  • Appointing a gender champion in the senior leadership team who is able to drive change throughout the school

Helen Reynolds, Teaching and Learning Coach, Institute of Physics (invited)


Case Study: Engaging Girls In Digital Technology
  • Inspiring 9 to 14-year-old girls about technology through projects that demonstrate the fun side of the digital world as part of the TechFuture Girls programme
  • Providing a range of activity options to schools that are run through informal sessions and improve skills such as coding, cyber safety and blogging
  • Integrating the scheme with the wider Tech Future Learning and Classroom initiatives to provide the opportunity to collect and display badges which have been endorsed by employers
  • Ensuring teachers are confident in their ability to pass on the requisite skills to students through providing CPD module training on topics including computing and cyber-security
  • Sharing examples of successful projects and how they have benefitted the students

Patrick Craven, Director of Quality, Policy and Stakeholder Engagement, City & Guilds (invited)



Questions and Answers

Chair’s Summary and Close

*Programme subject to change


Who Should Attend

Who Should Attend?

Delegates who will have an interest in this event will be those working in any STEM related field and an interest in furthering women and girls’ uptake and engagement in the subject.

*This Conference is open to Public, Private and Third Sectors

For more information or to make a booking please call 0330 058 4285


Sponsorship and Exhibition

We are now taking bookings for our wide range of sponsorship and exhibition packages; we also offer bespoke packages tailored for your organisation.

Why Sponsor and Exhibit at this event:

 Network with key decision makers across the education and research sector
 Meet your target audience in the sector
 Listen and Learn from leading industry experts across the sector
 Opportunity to demonstrate your products or services
 Speak alongside industry leading experts
 Work with your dedicated account manager to generate the maximum amount of leads

Exhibition and Sponsorship Packages:

Strategic Headline Sponsor:

  • 20-minute speaking slot followed by Q&A
  • 3x2m Exhibition Space (In the Refreshments and Catering room)
  • Pre show marketing email to all registered delegates
  • Post show inclusion on presentation email
  • Branding on Website and Event Guide (Logo and 100 Word Profile)
  • A4 Insert or A4 Chair Drop
  • 5 Delegate Conference Passes
  • 1 Speaker Pass

Key Supporter Package:

  • 20-minute speaking slot followed by Q&A
  • Branding on Website and Event Guide (Logo and 100 Word Profile)
  • A4 Insert or Chair Drop
  • 1 Speaker Pass
  • 2 Delegate Conference Passes

Exhibition Stand:

  • 3x2m Exhibition Space (In the Refreshments and Catering room)
  • Power, Wifi, Table and 2 Chairs (If required)
  • Branding on Website and Event Guide (Logo and 100 Word Profile)
  • 2 Delegate Conference Passes
  • 1 Stand Manager Pass

Insert or Chair Drop:

  • 1 Delegate Conference Pass
  • A4 insert into delegate pack or A4 Chair Drop

For more information or to discuss the available option please call 0203 961 5002 or email [email protected] 


Prices and Discount

Public Sector Rate:

  1.    £379
  2.    £349
  3. + £319

Private Sector Rate:

  1.    £550
  2. + £520

Voluntary Sector Rate:

  1.    £299
  2. + £269

Event Documentation: *If you can’t attend the event you can purchase the event documentation

Electronic – £99 Printed – £99

Group bookings: If you would like to make a group booking of 5 or more please call 0330 058 4285 to find out if we can offer any more discount.

*All prices are excluding VAT

For more information or to make a booking please call 0330 058 4285


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