Studying or working in a science or engineering subject? Interested in how to close the gender gap? Want to hear great role models speak about their own experiences?

Then join us for our Annual Conference taking place on March 7th- 8th, 2015 in Oxford.

The conference will motivate, inspire, and promote women across all STEM subjects through a series of talks by prominent members of the STEM community in the UK and EU, panel discussions regarding legislation and support schemes for under-represented women in academia, workshops on personal branding, negotiation and other key employability skills and interactive discussion of men and women roles in the effort for a gender balance in STEM.

This event promises to be filled with exciting activities that will challenge our views of women in the scientific world, and will present an exciting opportunity for you to be inspired, add to your skills, make new connections, discuss your own views with like-minded people and encourage you to goals and careers.


Sat 7th March













SUN 8th March









Professor Dame Sue Bailey

Dr Ellie Cosgrave

Syrie Crouch

Sue Cooper

Lunch / Workshop 1*

Lunch / Workshop 2*

Flash Talks & Discussion on current support schemes for women in STEM

Coffee Break

Professor Susan Lea

Professor Gwyneth Stallard OBE

Professor Julie Gray

Prof Tara Moore


Dr Emily Flashman

Professor Irene Tracey

Katrina Roberts

Lunch / Workshop 1*

Lunch / Workshop 2*

Panel discussion: Institutional Policy: a driver for change?

Setting up a society & closing remarks

* Each day you can choose to attend one workshop before or after lunch.

The workshops available on each day are:

  • Unconscious Bias - with the HR Business Partners for the Medical Sciences Division of the University of Oxford
  • Body Language and Communication Styles - a new edition of the highly popular workshop lead by experts from Shell
  • Assertiveness - with representatives from Oxford University Student Union


  • Facing Pressure - lead by Dr Alistair Ross, the Director of Psychodynamic Studies and Dean of Kellogg College, Oxford
  • Neuro Linguistic Programming - with Master Practitioner of NLP, Pratap Gosai
  • Mindfulness - with mindfulness trainer and consultant, Sophie Maclaren

Confirmed Speakers Include:

Amali de Alwis

Amali de Alwis – Head of Code First: Girls
Amali de Alwis

Prof Dame Sue Bailey OBE DBE

Prof Dame Sue Bailey OBE DBE – Prof Dame Sue Bailey OBE DBE is a Consultant Child and Adolescent Forensic psychiatrist and Professor of Mental Health Policy in North West of England
Sue Bailey

Iris Boudier

Iris Boudier – Iris Boudier is the Equality & Diversity Project Officer for the College of Life and Environmental Sciences (CLES Cornwall) at the University of Exeter’s Penryn campus
Iris Boudier

Sue Cooper

Sue Cooper – Non-Executive Director of Skills4uk Ltd which specializes in designing and delivering career development programmes for women in science and engineering. Winner of the Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) Champion Award in November 2014 presented by the Princess Royal

Dr Ellie Cosgrave

Dr Ellie Cosgrave – Engineer and Research Associate at UCL’s Department of Science Technology Engineering and Public Policy (UCL STEaPP), Co-Founder and Director of ScienceGrrl - a national network that supports women in science and engineering careers
Ellie Cosgrave

Syrie Crouch

Syrie Crouch - Syrie Crouch is the VP of Hydrocarbon Maturation Exploration of Shell
Syrie Crouch

Dr Emily Flashman

Dr Emily Flashman – Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Research Fellow and L’Oréal-UNESCO Fellow for Women in Science 2011, finalist of the ‘Women of the Future Science and Technology’ Awards
Emily Flashman

Prof Julie Gray

Prof Julie Gray -Professor of Plant Cell Signalling and Co-director of the Robert Hill Institute and member of Women@TUoS Steering Group
Julie Gray

Prof Susan Lea

Prof Susan Lea - Chair in Microbiology based in the Sir William Dunn School of Pathology and Wadham College
Susan Lea

Dr Carol Marsh

Dr Carol Marsh -Carol is the Immediate Past President of the Women’s Engineering Society (WES) and the Electronics International Design Process Lead at Selex ES responsible for design integrity and DO254 Process Assurance
Carol Marsh

Prof Tara Moore

Prof Tara Moore - Prof Tara Moore is the Associate Director for Biomedical Science Research Institute (BMSRI) at Ulster University. Winner of WISE Hero award; Women in Business NI award; HEA Rising Star award and proud mother of seven
Tara Moore

Dr Elizabeth Poskitt

Dr Elizabeth Poskitt - Dr Elizabeth Poskitt, an academic paediatrician, joined BFWG in 1971 (joined IFUW - the International Federation of University Women in Uganda in 1968). President IFUW 1995-8 and BFWG President 2005-8. Currently chairs the Scholarship Fund Trustees and administers the annual scholarships for doctoral students competition.
Carol Marsh

Katrina Roberts

Katrina Roberts – Vice President – Interim Head of Global Network and International Consumer Technologies at American Express; winner of Leader of the Year in a corporate organization at the FDM Everywoman in Technology Awards 2014
Katrina Roberts

Prof Gwyneth Stallard OBE

Prof Gwyneth Stallard OBE-Chair of the London Mathematical Society’s (LMS) Women in Mathematics Committee since 2006
Gwyneth Stallard

Prof Irene Tracey MA (Oxon), D.Phil (PhD), FRCA

Prof Irene Tracey MA (Oxon), D.Phil (PhD), FRCA – Nuffield Professor Anaesthetic Science & Director, Oxford Centre for FMRI of Brain Nuffield Department of Clinical Neurosciences (Head, Nuffield Division Anaesthetics)
Irene Tracey

Practical Information


Situated right in the heart of England, Oxford is one of the country's academic hubs. It's also an historic and enchanting city, woven into the fabric of UK culture. This combination makeS it the perfect location for a conference debating the future of women in science, engineering, technology and mathematical disciplines. The address can be found below:

Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory
South Parks Road
OX1 3QR Oxford
United Kingdom


Oxford is well-connected with the rest of the UK through both road and railway networks.

By train

The conference venues are approximately a 20 minute walk from Oxford rail station. Direct trains from London take approximately one hour and leave Paddington every 30 minutes. Oxford is also well served from main travel hubs around the country:

  • Birmingham New Street (1h 10m)
  • Manchester Piccadilly (2h 50m)
  • Bristol (1h)
  • Southampton (1h)
  • Cambridge (2h 35m
  • Glasgow (5h 14m)
  • Cardiff (1h 49m)

By car

Oxford's Park & Ride is the easiest way to get into Oxford City Centre by car - believe us! With five car parks located around Oxford's ring road and fast and frequent bus services until late evening, it is the only sensible way to travel into Oxford City Centre. The nearest is the Seacourt, just off the A34 Botley Interchange. You will need to get off at the St Aldates road bus stop just outside the town hall. From there the conference venue is just a 5-10 minute walk through the town centre. Please note there is no parking space available at the venue. While there is parking in the city centre, it is very expensive and Oxford's one way system makes it a challenge for newcomers.

By bus

The Oxford Tube coach service runs to and from London every 15 minutes during the day (2 hours), complete with free wifi and power points. Additionally, all the major bus companies, including National Express, Megabus and Stagecoach, operate from Oxford Bus Station to various locations across the UK. The bus station itself is a 15 minute walk from the venue.

By plane

While Oxford does not have its own airport, there are regular coach services connecting Oxford with each of the major London airports; Heathrow (1 hour), Gatwick (2 hours) and Luton (2 hours) airport. They terminate at the bus station in Oxford city centre.


We kindly ask that you arrange your own accommodation during the conference. On the Sunday, the conference will finish by 17:30 latest, leaving enough time for you to catch trains back if you wish. There are many hostels and hotels in the area, some of the less expensive ones are listed below. College accommodation is also available through University Rooms, though prices and availability can vary drastically depending on dates.

Oxford Backpackers Hostel

  • from £17 per person per night in dormitories
  • a 20 minute walk from the conference venue
  • Book here

Central Backpackers Hostel

  • from £19 per person per night in dormitories
  • a 20 minute walk from the conference venue
  • Book here

The Westgate Hotel

  • from £56 per person per night in a single room
  • a 22 minute walk from the conference venue
  • Book here

The Oxford Peartree Travelodge

  • from £46 per person per night in a single room
  • a 15 minute bus ride from the town centre
  • buses at regular 10 minute intervals during the day
  • Book here


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