March 28, 2023, by Communications

Championing Women in Science at the STEM Forum

Women such as Hedy Lamarr, the Austrian-American actress who invented frequency jumping technology, the basis of today’s WiFi, GPS, and Bluetooth systems, have often been uncredited for their contributions. As a matter of fact, this is a common occurrence among women in STEM fields.

Studies have shown a jarring gender gap in STEM, especially at the undergraduate level. The lack of support for these scientists is what drives many women away from the field. This subsequently leads to a lack of diversity, which is also a big problem in STEM.

Here at Nottingham, we encourage thought-provoking discussions and believe in #EmbracingEquity. In commemoration of International Women’s Day, the University of Nottingham conducted a 1-day STEM forum, inviting female speakers to discuss the importance of women in science.

The opening ceremony was conducted by Prof. Dr Sarah Metcalfe. Following that, participants engaged in discussions with well-respected veterans of STEM to discuss the impact women have on the science field.

The first forum moderated by Dr Nafizah Goriman Khan discussed embracing equity with panellist speakers Dato’ Dr Ambiga Sreenevasan, Dr Mahaletchumy Arujanan, and Dr Chai Lay Ching. This was followed by a lunch break where attendees were provided with complimentary food as well as the chance to chat with the panellists. The second forum centred around the topic of ‘Driving Science Forward’ with panellist speakers Dr Ho Weang Kee, Dr New Siu Yee, and Dr Alison Wee Kim Shan, winners of the L’Oreal-UNESCO Women in Science Award.

Thanks to the students, the university provided exciting and heartwarming performances such as the 24 Festive Drums. There was also a song duet by Ms Nurina and Ms Reeshna, whose performance was joined by many women from the university’s student body. The image of them holding hands together onstage symbolised the hope we have for our current and future women in STEM. It was then followed by another performance by Ms Nurina and Mr Wira.

The forum came to a close with an Instagram competition hosted by Ms Wong Yu Qing before a closing remark by Prof. Dr Sandy Loh.

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