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UCL Women is for academic UCL staff (postdoc and above) in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Any eligible staff are welcome to as many or as few events as they like.

Please see the What’s new page to keep up-to-date with our events. You can also follow us on twitter at @UCLWomen for all the latest information. Do also feel free to contact us at info@uclwomen.org; we look forward to meeting new colleagues and making UCL a better place for all of us.


Next event news

Hanna Vehkamäki at our next BYO lunch networking session

All around the world, there are fascinating women doing fascinating research. We are fortunate enough to have one such person in town for our next bring-your-own lunch networking meeting – all the way from Finland. At the same time, you can meet other friendly colleagues and get to know more people in your own neighbourhood.

Join us on 7 June 2016 for an informal talk by Professor Hanna Vehkamäki, a physicist at the University of Helsinki specializing in atmospheric sciences.

We’ll meet from 12.30 to 2 PM. Please note that the venue is different this month: the Barlow room on the 8th floor of the Roberts Building (Engineering, entrance in Malet Place). There will be light refreshments provided, but if you want a proper lunch, bring your own or buy one from the ground-floor café or one of the many eateries in Torrington Place.

Speaker

To carry on in our series “Who am I – what am I doing?”, our inspiring speaker is Hanna Vehkamäki. The title of her talk is, “Is gender equality a reality for STEM women in the University of Helsinki?”

We look forward to seeing you there!

Hanna’s biography

Hanna
Photo credit: Vapa Media

After completing her DPhil in theoretical physics at University of Helsinki, Hanna spent 1998-1999 as a post-doctoral researcher at UCL, after which she returned to Helsinki. She is now a professor in computational aerosol physics, studying cluster and nanoparticle formation in the atmosphere on a molecular level. She has led the equality and work well-being group in the Division of Atmospheric Sciences in the Department of Physics, University of Helsinki since 2011. Hanna will speak about efforts to understand why female members of the STEM community feel less appreciated and consider the practices of the workplace less fair than do their male counterparts, as well as proposing practices to alleviate the situation. She will also comment on whether combining family and a scientific career might differ between Finland and the UK.


Belinda Brown at our next BYO lunch networking session

Feeling isolated, bogged down in work, unconnected or just in need of a change of scene? You can’t work all of the time. If you’ve not been before, why not make May the month you decide to finally meet other amiable and inspiring colleagues at our next bring-your-own lunch meeting?

Join us on 11 May 2016 for an informal talk by Belinda Brown, a Research Fellow at the Young Foundation and Research Associate at the UCL Centre for Transport Studies. The title of her talk will be “Do Gender Equality Policies further Meritocracy?”

We’ll meet from 12.30 to 2 PM. Please come to room 305 of the hospitable Department of Psychology: 26 Bedford Way, WC1H 0AP (the same place as usual).

How to get there

Go to the seminar room on the 3rd floor. You can buy drinks and sandwiches at the Café next door to the seminar room, or bring your own! Step-free access is available immediately to the right of the main entrance.

Speaker

To carry on in our series “Who am I – what am I doing?”, our inspiring speaker is Belinda Brown. She’ll be telling us about herself, her career and some of her thinking about gender equality policies.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Belinda’s biography

Belinda

Belinda is a Research Fellow at the Young Foundation and Research Associate at the UCL Centre for Transport Studies. She has conducted research on a wide range of areas including childcare, migration and children’s independent mobility. She started writing and speaking on family, gender and feminism when she gave up work to care for her sick husband and is now a regular contributor to The Conservative Woman, The Daily Mail and Women’s Hour. She is author of The Private Revolution: Women in the Polish Underground Movement and a number of well-cited academic papers. She recently set up the Gender Equity Network with Dr John Barry and Professor Geoff Dench.