Women in Graphene event held at the National Graphene Institute

Coinciding with the 2019 International Day of Women and Girls in STEM, the Graphene Flagship held its annual Women in Graphene Career Development Day at the NGI on the 11th and 12th February 2019.

Attendees of the Women in Graphene Event 2019
Attendees of the event, four of whom are members of the CDT.

The two day workshop run by the Graphene Flagship comprised a series of talks across both days and a social dinner in the evening of the first day.

The talks included a career development workshop run by Springboard Consultancy, a talk by Kanudha Sharda who is an Associate Editor at Nature Communications, and also Sarah Haigh who gave an excellent talk on both her research in microscopy and also her journey (both successes and setbacks) to becoming a professor.

We were also very lucky to have Jess Wade come speak about gender diversity and things that we can do; she became very high profile when news outlets across the world caught wind of her writing daily Wikipedia articles on notable female academics: she's written over 500 pages so far!

Bonnie Tsim, a second year CDT student who attended the event, said:

Women in Graphene was an incredibly inspiring and jam-packed event. It was a fantastic opportunity to share ideas and be motivated by other passionate and determined women in the science community. I particularly enjoyed listening to Prof. Sarah Haigh's talk on microscopy and her journey in academia so far. I truly learnt a lot and the workshop gave me the opportunity to reflect upon my own PhD journey so far.

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