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CamAWiSE announcement – Dr Jenny Brookman

Dr Jenny Brookman

(24 January 1951 – 10 July 2020)

It is with great sadness that we announce the loss of our long standing CamAWiSE champion and friend Dr Jenny Brookman. Jenny passed away from cancer on Friday, 10th July 2020.

Jenny’s dedication and proud commitment to CamAWiSE started in 2003. She served as past Chair (2007 – 2011), Treasurer (2003 – 2017) and remained an active part of the CamAWiSE Steering Committee, providing her advice and wisdom until recent times.

She will be fondly remembered by many, current and past members, and beyond the community, and will be sorely missed.

On behalf of CamAWiSE, we offer Jenny’s family and friends our heartfelt condolences and sympathy at this difficult time.

When it is safe to do so, we will make arrangement to celebrate Jenny’s life (date to be set). Please keep an eye on our social media, newsletter and website.

Raheela Rehman and Iratxe Puebla (CamAWiSE Co-Chairs) and CamAWiSE Team.

Our Anniversary – make it your event

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

What is CamAWiSE all about?

by Jenny Koenig

I was guest speaker at a Springboard course yesterday and as part of my talk I wanted to articulate what CamAWISE was about and where it came from, what you can get out of CamAWISE that is hard to find elsewhere.

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Why we do what we do in a nutshell

Dr Tennie Videler,  Co-chair of Cambridge Association for Women in Science and Engineering

Women are under-represented in employment in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM), both inside and outside academia. Even in the biosciences, where women make up over half of the undergraduates, women still account for only 15% of professors. In all STEMM subjects, qualified women are not retained in similar proportions to men with the result that women are severely under-represented in senior positions. For example, among science, engineering and technology (SET) academic faculty in the US in 2003, women comprised 18 to 45 % of assistant professors (26% lecturers and 18% senior researchers/lecturers in the UK in 07/08) and 6 to 29 % of associate and full professors (9% in the UK in 07/08). Not just in academia, but in general SET occupations, fewer women with undergraduate SET qualifications enter SET professional or associate professional occupations. Possible reasons for this are multi-faceted, not easy to solve, but worth exploring:

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What are women’s networks in science and engineering for?

Commentary article by Jenny Koenig 

In 1994 a chance remark at the end of an article in Nature about “The Rising Tide” report on women in science and engineering helped to move forward the formation of the Association for Women in Science and Engineering (AWiSE). “The Rising Tide” report documented the loss of girls and women to science, engineering and technology (SET) at every stage. So what has changed in the intervening years? Do we still need a network for women scientists and engineers?

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