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UCL networking event and copper spoons at the Institute of Making!

copper spoons

Makes the medicine of academia go down

Fancy a bit of creativity and a chance to meet interesting UCL colleagues?

Join us for a very special get-together at UCL’s Institute of Making in Malet Place on Wednesday 20th July from 10am to 12noon.

Starting from a piece of copper pipe, you can fashion your very own shiny spoon, under the expert guidance of Olivia Clemence, and meet some of the other members of the UCL Women’s network. You don’t need to be a member of the Institute of Making to attend, but you will want to join once you’ve seen what is possible!

Please sign up on Eventbrite – it’s free but spaces are limited.

Hope to see you there!

About the Institute of Making:

The Institute of Making is a multidisciplinary research club for those interested in the made world: from makers of molecules to makers of buildings, synthetic skin to spacecraft, soup to diamonds, socks to cities. Membership of and day-to-day access to the Institute is available to all UCL staff and students.

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.


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

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.