Another successful season of CAMAWiSE events is complete. But we don’t look back for long, we’re well into planning our calendar of events for 2015-16. We do hope you can join us for one or more of them!
The autumn term sees parts three and four of our WiSE UP 2015 series of worshops, for which booking is already open. We have Nina Cooke, Confidence Coach, helping us to learn how to ‘Thrive at work: discover how to feel confident and valued’, on September 15th. This is followed on October 13th by Jane Goodall’s Communication Skills Masterclass. Read more and book here.
We are delighted to be presenting a joint event with the East Anglian branch of the Institute of Physics, on October 1st. The distinctive Schlumberger Gould Research Centre, in West Cambridge, will be our host for this event, featuring a talk by Dr Sarah Bohndiek, WISE Research Award winner. Read more
We have all, at some time, endured them, led them, organised them, maybe even enjoyed them! Everyone probably has their own idea of how they should be run and what they should be for. And at our recent event, I think we must have heard just about every possible point of view on bad practice in meetings and how to deal with it.
As an icebreaker, our ‘Meetings bingo’ worked well. We each had a list of meeting ‘roles’, such as ‘asked for a pay rise’, ‘interviewed someone’, ‘introduced a speaker’, and the challenge was to talk to different people and discover examples of what might have gone wrong for them in each of these situations. AWiSE members rarely need much excuse to get chatting but this exercise certainly helped!
As a group, we discussed some of the issues arising from these conversations. An amazing array of experiences was revealed, along with some equally interesting and creative suggestions for dealing with some of the awkward and difficult situations being described. Read more
It’s just eight weeks now until our 20th Anniversary celebrations on October 2nd. This will be a fantastic opportunity for women in STEM to network with others, find out how things have changed for women in the last 20 years, and have their say about the challenges that remain.
If you haven’t yet booked your place, please do so soon, as places are limited. Please register here by 18th September. The event is open to both non-members and members of CAMAWiSE. No matter what stage you have reached in your career, what your background is, or which area of STEM you work in, you will be very welcome, and will be able to take home something valuable from the meeting. We will certainly encourage and listen to your input, too.
There are many CAMAWiSE members who we never see at our events. If this sounds like you, why not take this opportunity to come along and meet us? If our events don’t appeal to you, then we’d like to know what kind of events we can organise which will entice you along – this is your chance to let us know.
As part of our anniversary celebrations, we are running a survey to find out about the issues currently affecting women working in STEM. Read more
These are the words which I most dread hearing, at any gathering, be it social or business. Why? Because I’m convinced before I utter a single word in response that I’m boring the pants off the person who asked the question. Because I can anticipate their eyes glazing over before I start. And, crucially, because I’m no longer passionate about what I do for a living. As we discovered at our Winter Networking event, being passionate about what you do, and being able to describe why you love it, is key to ensuring the other person remembers what you’ve told them.
Who better to invite to our networking event than Adelina Chalmers, CEO and founder of Presenting Good Practice? Adelina is most certainly passionate about what she does; Read more
Last month’s networking event concluded the WiSE Up series of workshops. I’d been really looking forward to catching up with the participants. To bring some structure to the evening, we asked some people to share their experiences of applying what we had learned in the four workshops. What an inspirational set of short presentations they turned out to be !
Keen to kick off, was one of the youngest members of the cohort, who had just graduated and felt that talking to professional women in addition to her student friends made her feel more assured in dealing with people in a professional environment. This was particularly useful during an interview, which resulted in a job offer!