The booking for the WiSE-UP series 2018-2019 is now open. You can book for any of the talks independently or take advantage of the reduced price when you book for two, three, or four. In fact, if you are not a member and decided to book for all the workshops you will include a free […]
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Our journey to Antarctica
What better place to sharpen one’s leadership skills than amidst the harsh landscape of Antarctica. The frozen continent is filled with stories of leadership from the early 20th century explorers and their race to be the first to set foot on the South Pole. For 78 women in STEM from around the world, Antarctica was the backdrop for their own explorations into leadership as part of Homeward Bound Projects.
Come join CamAWiSE co-chair Cathy Sorbara and University of Cambridge PhD student Hannah Laeverenz Schlogelhofer, 2 of the women chosen for this leadership program, as they reflect on their experience, why it is so critical to empower more women leaders, what they learned about themselves and working with others on board, and how it will influence their future careers and hopefully inspire others in the audience. And of course, learn more about the continent they have come to love and advocate for.
Book now! It’s only 2 weeks away
Tuesday 1st May. 19:00-21:00
Special prize £7 Members and Students. £10 Non-Members
Coffee, tea, and cake included.
Aurora centre. British Antarctic Survey
High Cross, Madingley Road.
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At the International Women’s Day, we were fortunate enough to have Natacha Wilson as the host of the workshop “10 tips on how to run successful projects”.
We started the evening sharing our story with a friendly face: What do you do? and What kind of project have you managed? The list was broad and diverse, which included annual reports, file Athena Swan applications, clinical trials, family holidays and house expansions.
And before starting with her tips, Natacha asked us again, what makes a project successful for us? That was a pivotal question as we needed to know what to achieve before starting. Some of the answers were recurring, but some of them not. The meaning of success it was found, is different in each case and depends on the environment of the project.
Once success was defined, we explored how we would do we achieve:
- Gain consensus on the goals. One way is setting SMART goals, that is, goals that are Specific, Measurable, Agreed upon, Realistic and Time-based. On every project, if you know your specific and measurable goals it is easier to know when it’s a success.
- Build and BE the best team you can. Although nowadays the lens is a lot on processes and performance, without the right people the project doesn’t happen. It was related to “No one person can whistle a symphony. It takes a whole orchestra”.
- Design, update and share a project plan. Many project managers make the mistake of not sharing the project plan with the team. Again, the team is essential!
- Determine what you need in advance. Plan, schedule, and Identify the tasks, sequence them, estimate time and budget, add key milestones and with that create a draft schedule.
- Be realistic with your schedule. People don’t work 24/7. Be MOSCOW to prioritise. Define the Must do and Should do goals and prioritise those from the Could do and Would do. On most of the projects the Must do and Should do are the least interesting but, should be prioritised and the team should understand this.
- People matter. Take care of your team and understand it. Not only do you need the people with the right skills, you also need people who work well together and have the experience needed.
- Teammates should know the needs of the others and yours. For that, you have to communicate with them.
- Create and innovate. Solve the problems trying new ways to do things.
- Praise and empower your team. And remember that if you have to criticize someone it has to be balanced, objective, observed, specific and timed. And never focus on the person but on the problem.
- Have fun!
To end the evening Natacha asked us to reflect on and explore at least three of the questions we talked about during the workshop.
Thank you, Natacha, for such a fun and productive evening.
by Aldara B. Dios
During this year’s AGM we were fortunate enough to have Dr. Helen Mason OBE as the speaker. She took us on a journey, not to the Sun perhaps, but through her life and research.
She began talking about the Sun. The Sun is a middle-aged star that has fascinated scientists of all ages like Galileo and Newton, two of her favourite scientists, and still fascinates Helen Mason. The focus of her research is the Sun’s Corona, the aura of plasma that surrounds the Sun and which is only visible during an Eclipse. Although the Sun’s temperature is about six thousand Kelvin, the Corona’s temperature raises to an amazing millions of Kelvin degrees. And it is from the corona that the solar winds and storms originate which only add interest to its research.
Nobody is an island
But the Sun was only an introduction, she wished to share with us her path, and in her own words “Nobody is an island”. It’s true, no one creates a career alone. Your network (your family, your friends, your colleagues) through the years is as important as your work. Helen shared with us how her friends and colleagues not only help her, but also make her feel very fortunate.
While Helen was doing her Ph.D. at the University of London she found her first professional support: Professor Mike Seaton. He not only trusted her but he boosted her confidence as well, encouraging her to go beyond her comfort zone.
Years later, working in the USA, Helen was able to call upon her family’s help. By then she had two children and with both she and her husband working, her only support was that from sisters, which allowed her to continue researching.
It was hard, she said, but again I was fortunate, very fortunate to have my sisters.
Back in the UK, she started working at the DAMTP (Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics, University of Cambridge) where the confidence and support of Professor David Crighton allowed her not only to continue working, but to expand in her career.
I’m in debt of this man
During her career, she has collaborated with NASA, ESA, SOHO (solar and heliospheric observatory), HINODE and CHIANTI, making her network bigger and giving her opportunities to visit astonishing places.
You cannot teach a man anything, you can only help him discover it himself.
Help and networks go both ways, it’s a two-way road. Helen has been fortunate enough to be the support and inspiration not only of her Ph.D. students but also of hundreds of students in schools in Africa and the UK.
She confessed that her experience in India and South Africa, was a learning experience for the children and also for herself and the young teachers that accompanied her.
The children had thirst for learning, they valued the opportunity to absorb new knowledge, new skills. Something that is taken for granted in Occident.
Helen has been fortunate (she said so several times during her talk) in her path with personal learning along the way. To end her talk she shared with us her magic list to achieve a successful life ourselves.
- Be yourself
- Be true to what matters in your life
- In success remember those who helped you
- Treat failure as an opportunity to learn and move forward
- Never be afraid of a new challenge
- Engage in other activities
We want to thank Dr. Helen Mason for an inspirational night and Ruchi Chauhan for inviting such a motivational speaker.