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Diane Turner – AWiSE member profile

Diane Turner – Owner & Senior Consultant, Anthias Consulting Ltd.
I  started Anthias Consulting in 2005, people were quite sceptical as I was a female under the age of 30 starting a scientific consultancy business!
I studied at the University of Warwick obtaining a BSc(Hons) in Chemistry with Medicinal Chemistry and received the Andrew McCamley prize for the best final year research project. After a year in industry, I returned to complete a Masters degree in Instrumental and Analytical Methods in Biological and Environmental Chemistry (Pharmaceutical analysis) where I was the only student to get an external 6 month project working at Zeneca Agrochemicals at Jealott’s Hill. At the end of which I had two job offers, to stay at Zeneca or move to ATAS in Cambridge to build an applications laboratory to support the sales of their products in gas chromatography.

With this great opportunity, I of course did the latter and developed that side of the business performing instrument demonstrations, developing applications and training customers. I was there for over 5 years and left to survey coral reefs for a couple of months in Fiji.

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“What Next After Academia: Life Science Careers and Company Networks” Harriet Fear, CEO, One Nucleus

“What Next After Academia: Life Science Careers and Company Networks” Harriet Fear, CEO, One Nucleus (
Friday 25th May, 12:15-14:00 (talk from 12:30-13:15, followed by networking lunch).  Max Perutz Lecture Theatre, MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Addenbrooke’s Site

Cambridge AWiSE are delighted to welcome Harriet Fear to our 5th MRC-AWiSE event.  Harriet will discuss the role company networks play in global business and how networking on all levels contributes to success.  One Nucleus (formerly ERBI) is the largest membership organisation in Europe, with over 450 members including pharmaceutical, biotech, medical device and diagnostic companies. Its mission is to maximise the global competitiveness of its members.  This talk will be of interest to those pursuing a career in academia or industry and looking to make the most of networking and networks to augment research, development and commercialisation.

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Professor Ann Dowling “Towards a Silent Aircraft”

Thursday 10th November 2011
Ann Dowling made her talk about the design of a ‘silent’ aircraft accessible on many different levels. Although she apologized to sound specialists in the audience, I am sure they would have got a lot out of her talk and I found myself wishing I had brought my 12 year old daughter along, such was the breadth of the appeal.
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“Towards a Silent Aircraft”, Professor Dame Ann Dowling DBE, FRS, FREng

Prof Ann DowlingProfessor Dame Ann Dowling DBE, FRS, FREng 
“Towards a Silent Aircraft”.
Thursday 10th November 2011

Lucy Cavendish College and Cambridge AWiSE are pleased to invite Professor Ann Dowling to speak about her research on low-emission combustion and noise reduction in aircraft and cars.  Amongst her many achievements, she was the UK lead for the Silent Aircraft Initiative (, a partnership between Cambridge University and MIT to develop a conceptual design for a next-generation ultra-low noise, fuel efficient, aircraft.

Professor Dowling is the current head of Cambridge University Engineering Department, one of the largest integrated engineering departments in Europe and the largest single department in the University.   In 1998, she was the first woman to be elected to a professorship within the engineering department.

Professor Dowling is a Fellow of the Royal Society and Royal Academy of Engineering (Vice-President 1999-2002), she was appointed CBE for services to Mechanical Engineering in 2002 and DBE for services to Science in 2007.

This year, she was recognised as a Woman of Outstanding Achievement by the UK Resource Centre for Women in SET.   Professor Dowling is a Patron of the Women’s Engineering Society (WES) and a strong supporter of outreach schemes to promote science and engineering and encourage the next generation of engineers and scientists.

Event details:
Professor Dame Ann Dowling  “Towards a Silent Aircraft”.
Thursday 10th November 2011
Strathaird Building, Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge
6pm-7pm (please arrive promptly)
The event is free but please register in advance at
Our events are open to everyone, both women and men.

This event is followed by Formal Hall (Science, Engineering, Maths, Computer Science and Geography) at Lucy Cavendish College. Cost:  £21, Time: 7pm for 7.30pm. Please contact Jenny Koenig (jk111 at if you would like to attend.  Book early as places are limited.

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