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Book now! Deborah Pardo: An all female travel to Antarctica



Talk starts at 20:00. A short AGM will follow.

Download the poster here

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All female voyage to Antarctica

An adventure involving 75 international scientists with an agenda to change the world.

Deborah Pardo, a Research Associate at Lucy Cavendish College, was part of the first Homeward Bound expedition, a groundbreaking leadership, strategic and science initiative for women, set against the backdrop of Antarctica. The inaugural voyage took place last December.


The initiative, turned global movement, aimed to heighten the influence and impact of women with a science background in order to influence policy and decision making as it shapes our planet. 76 women were selected from around the world and included astronomers, engineers, physicists, science communicators, Antarctic and Arctic specialists, doctors and social scientists.


Deborah Pardo will share her inspiring experience with us, illustrating her talk with some fantastic slides. Find out why she decided to apply for this extraordinary project, how she set about fundraising for €20,000 and how CamAWiSE helped her. Of course, we’ll also hear about the three weeks she spent in Antarctica and how that changed her.

Book now and join us on Wednesday 15th February at Lucy Cavendish College.

Talk starts at 20:00. A short AGM will follow.

Book now closed

£5 members&non-members.

Wine tasting: women winemakers.


Don’t forget to book for our first event of the year: wine tasting. The theme will be women winemakers. It is a great opportunity to chat with and enjoy the company of other women who work in STEM and related areas.

The evening includes the tasting of several good quality wines, and some food (usually cheese, charcuterie, bread, and olives). With expert hosting by Cambridge Wine Merchants, whose wine tastings are fun, informal and informative, this will be a great evening.

You can download the poster here.

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Winter networking 2016

Speed networking, stories of real-life professional women and mince pies. That could be a recap of the 2016 winter networking, but it was so much more.


Mince pies

During the speed networking, the room was filled with energy as attendees changed partner every five minutes. This allowed everybody to make more contacts and to hone their networking skills.


End of a five minutes segment.

After the networking, several members of the steering group talked about their professional careers. Although they all had different paths they all stressed the importance of doing what you enjoy and not what you are supposed to do


Julia Bardos


Anne Clarke

For all of them, CamAWiSE was very important in different stages of their career as a friendly and supportive group. Indeed, CamAWiSE is a good place to connect with professional women who share similar experiences, gain skills and increase your confidence.


Penny Coggill


Claire Lucas

We also had an impromptu speaker: Lucy Bennett, an engineering student who brought out the importance of having female role models for students like her.


Lucy Bennett

Thank you very much to all the speakers for sharing their experiences with us.

Meet the Steering Group – Claire Lucas

What is your current profession/background?

I am Information Services Manager at Alzheimer’s Research UK, the UK’s leading dementia research charity, based just outside Cambridge. I manage a small team dedicated to providing high-quality, evidence-based health information about Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia.

I have always worked in scientific information, from the early days of online literature searching and information retrieval. My career path started with a chance encounter with online searching through a temporary job when I first moved to Cambridge. This led to roles with the Cambridge Crystallographic Data Centre, the Royal Society of Chemistry and Cambridge Display Technology, and I also worked freelance for a number of years.

What point in your life led you to pursue a STEM career?

I fell into science by accident! I was heading for a career as a bilingual secretary when I discovered geology in the sixth form and fell in love with it! This was definitely partly due to a brilliant teacher, as is so often the case. From that point, despite having no previous science qualifications, I did everything I could to change direction and managed to persuade UEA to let me study for a degree in Environmental Science. I never looked back!

What is one of your biggest aspirations?

Having just been promoted into a management role for the first time in many years, for the moment I just want to get to grips with my new responsibilities and feel confident that I’m doing a good job.

What advice would you give to aspiring female scientists and engineers?

Don’t give up and don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t do something. If you want something enough you will make it happen.

How have you benefited from being a part of CamAWiSE?

I joined CamAWiSE about four years ago when I was working freelance, and was delighted when shortly afterwards I had the opportunity to apply for the post of Coordinator for the organisation. My application was successful, and I spent a happy 18 months organising events, running the membership and meeting and greeting attendees at our events. This built my confidence in many ways and gave me new skills to add to my CV.

In 2014, having made the decision to terminate my freelance activities, I successfully applied for a full-time role with Alzheimer’s Research UK, and had to give up my Coordinator duties. Since then I’ve been a member of the Steering Group and have added further strings to my bow including becoming Co-chair.

In addition to developing new skills, I’ve made some great friends through CamAWiSE. It’s a very special organisation which provides a safe and supportive environment for women to learn, develop and network.

What do you like to do in your free time?

I love to be outside enjoying the sights and sounds of nature. I enjoy walking very much, though prefer somewhat more interesting landscapes than those found around Cambridge! I’m also a great fan of classical music and love to read when I have time.

Ask me about…..

Dementia; plants and horticulture; choral singing.

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