The aims of this great event are to

• To showcase diverse role models in STEM

• To discuss the limitations and barriers around Diversity in STEM

• To enable networking and collaboration

See below for details of our great speakers:

12noon Refreshments and networking

12.30pm Welcome to the event – Julieanna Powell-Turner, Associate Dean

12.45pm Dr Abel Adegoke, is a GP Principal and Executive Partner at Hamilton Medical Centre and a Primary Care Cardiovascular Physician. Dr Abel will give his views on “The roles men can play in supporting women in STEM”.

1.05pm Caroline Keep is a Doctoral researcher in digitalisation in education in the Department of Engineering at the University of Central Lancashire as well as an Award-winning teacher, EdTech specialist and data scientist. Caroline will discuss “Getting the best out of Neurodiversity.” Caroline will discuss the assumptions and stereotypes which often arse around neurodiversity and how these can be challenged by those working in STEM now and in the future.

1.25pm Elaine Cogan is former Headteacher and educator with an extensive career spanning. Elaine will talk about “Encouraging girls in STEM, and managing Diversity in STEM from a high school perspective.”

1.45pm BREAK

2.00pm Samantha Harrington, HR Manager, Abbie Morris, R&D Mechanical Design Engineer, and Angela Griffiths, Graduate Product Controls Engineer, Atlas Copco. Samantha, Abbie and Angela will deliver their session “Diversifying our Talent Pool at Atlas Copco” where they will discuss their experiences, career journeys, early career perspectives, as well as exciting opportunities available.

2.20pm Dr Hamied Haroon “Wanted: Inclusivity by design” Hamied is a Postdoctoral Research Associate in Biomedical Magnetic Resonance Imaging at the University of Manchester. As a disabled person working in STEM, Hamied will talk about his childhood, how his love for science evolved, how opportunities to follow his dream career were affected by others’ views and how he found a way to forge his own path. Hamied will talk about the work he does now and his activism, with a simple message of how all those working in STEM now or in the future can be more inclusive.

2.40pm Alumni panel – Rebecca Meadows – Operations Manager at Motrac Research Engineering Ltd (Thornton Science Park)- University of Chester MEng Chemical Engineering. Rebecca will discuss her career journey since graduation and share her top tips for success.

3.00pm Breakout groups to discuss next steps and actions from the day

3.45pm Plenary/ wrap up

4.00pm Close

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