Reinforcing the fact that women play a critical role in pioneering research — including graphene development — women of accomplishment told their stories at the Graphene Flagship’s Women in Graphene event on March 8.
According to graphene-flagship.eu, a capacity crowd at University College London enjoyed the inspirational speakers and networked at a gathering marking International Women’s Day. In the opening presentation, Professor Cinzia Casiraghi compared her successful research career to an iceberg, where achievements are clear on top, but the corresponding hard work and struggles are hidden beneath the surface.
Felicity Aston kept the cool content flowing when she spoke about her successful try to ski across Antarctica. She was the first woman to ski the 1744-kilometer, Guinness Book of Records-breaking distance across Antarctica.
As quoted in graphene-flagship.eu, Ellen Pugh, from the flagship’s Equality Challenge Unit, said:
“It was wonderful to be in a room full of female scientists from eight different countries on international women’s day who were keen to progress their own careers and support other women in theirs. ECU works with higher education institutions and sector agencies to reduce structural barriers to career progression for women and it was wonderful to speak to such a receptive audience keen to learn about our work but also to hear from those who were already aware of it about the benefits of our Athena SWAN charter for them.”