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Celebrating inspirational women in STEM

Women in STEM

Mon 11th February, 2019

Inspirational female academics who work in STEM subjects at the University of Bedfordshire are being celebrated as part of a new exhibition to mark International Day of Women and Girls in Science.

International Day of Women and Girls in Science takes place on Monday 11 February and the exhibition at the University’s Luton campus is curated by a female third-year Brand & Advertising student Klaudia Miedzinska.

The exhibition celebrates the work of eight of the University’s female academics whose teaching and research is inspiring the next generation of engineers, forensic scientists, immunologists, software engineers, and game designers.

At an event to open the exhibition there is an opportunity to meet the academics featured and feel inspired by their careers, as well as learn more about STEM subjects.  

STEM Ambassador, Dr Maria Simon whose research is focused on immune cell signal transduction and cancer, said: “We need to change the culture of science. Our new STEM building will give young women more exposure to other women working in science. It offers them the chance to see ordinary women doing extraordinary jobs that they hadn’t thought about doing. It will open up a new world so they can see themselves being scientists of the future.”

Senior Lecturer in Immunology Dr Anna Furmanski said:“A lot of our young, high achieving women are from the local area. We are trying to encourage more to come forward as they may think that science is not traditionally a subject chosen by women. STEM subjects are exciting, creative, and provide training in a way of thinking, allowing us to deconstruct the world and innovate.”

The University’s new £40m building devoted to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) will open its door to students in September 2019.

The new building will provide:

  • Over 6000m2 of new teaching space, focused on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects
  • Cutting edge facilities including new large flexible computer laboratories and workshops including those for automotive engineering, cyber-security and robotics
  • New state of the art laboratories, to include specialist containment labs, simulation spaces, analytical labs and a clean room facility


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