On 12th February 2015, FWB Park Brown held a private focus dinner for senior directors, influencers and contributors from across all parts of the STEM (Science/Technology/Engineering/Mathematics) network in Scotland and focussed specifically on women in STEM.
Our keynote speaker was Muffy Calder, Vice Principal of Science and Engineering and Professor of Computing Science at Glasgow University. She served as Chief Scientific Advisor to the Scottish Government up until December 2014 and was the Co-Chair of the Scottish Science Advisory Council up to December 2014.
Muffy was awarded an OBE in the New Year’s Honours List in 2011 and she holds fellowships in the Royal Academy of Engineering and the Royal Society of Edinburgh.
Other attendees were: Andrea Nolan, Principal, Napier University; Alice Brown, Chair, The Scottish Funding Council; Morag McFarlane, CEO, Tissue Solutions Ltd; Scott Johnston, CEO, Scottish Life Sciences Association; Ken Sutherland, Chair, Scottish Life Sciences Association; Fiona Beattie, Director of Staffing, Quintiles; Ronnie Palin, Key Sector Manager – Life Sciences, Skills Development Scotland; Deborah O’Neil, Chief Executive & Scientific Officer, Novabiotics; Julia Brown, Senior Director Life and Chemical Sciences, Scottish Enterprise; Caroline Stretton, Vice President Operations, International, Touch Bionics; Susan McGoldrick, Consultant, The CNS Company; Doreen Davidson, HR Director, Charles River; Dr Rob Ogden, Director of Conservation & Science; The Royal Zoological Society of Scotland; Audrey Cumberford, Principal and Chief Executive, West College Scotland; Carmel Reilly, Managing Director, NeurocentRX; Mary Campbell, Chief Executive, Blas Ltd; Charlie Turnbull, Head of Biology, MES.
Our discussions focussed on the need to promote STEM across all levels in industry and academia, particularly at schools and in encouraging stronger links between academia and industry. The classroom to boardroom promotion of STEM (and specifically women in STEM) was seen as essential in ensuring that we are ‘growing’ a pipeline of well-qualified, motivated candidates for academic and industry positions in the future. We spoke about the need for female mentors in STEM and for industry engagement with schools and vice versa.
We plan to roll this dinner out to other sections of the STEM industry and would be delighted to hear from you if you are keen to participate.
Please contact Ailsa Sutherland at firstname.lastname@example.org