27 September 2023

Women in STEM: Better Science and a Better Workplace for Everyone

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Online webinar 16.00 – 17.00

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This is the first event of the three-part SCItalks series on Diversity and Inclusion in STEM that will focus on women, ethnic minorities, and LGBTQ+ people in STEM. The talk series will highlight the contributions, challenges, and experiences of historically excluded groups in these fields. Through panel discussions, personal stories, and expert insights, we will review the progress and key challenges to tackle the inequalities in STEM across industry and academia.

Join us as we celebrate their achievements, address systemic barriers, and work towards a brighter and more diverse future in STEM.

This event will be a panel discussion focused on Women in STEM. The importance of intersectionality, the role of mentorship, and the impact of parenthood are some of the topics that will be discussed.

For further information on the second and third event of the three-part SCItalks series please click on the links below:


Chair: Gemma Scotney


Dr Gemma Scotney (FRSC CChem CSci) received her Masters of Chemistry from the University of Leicester and went on to study for a PhD at Imperial College London (with Professor Braddock). She joined the Chemical Research and Development department in Pfizer, UK in 2004, and has since been developing her experience and expertise in process chemistry, pharmaceutical project leadership and external sourcing. She currently holds the position of Director of Process Chemistry, UK, and is widely recognized for her strong people-focused leadership and mentorship within the organization. She is also a passionate STEM ambassador, aiming to be a strong role model for other females interested in pursuing a career in the sciences.

Danielle Cudjoe-Michalski


Introducing Danielle, a Vaccine Project Manager, distinguished co-founder, and co-lead of the Neurodiversity Network (NDN) at GSK. In addition, Danielle specialises in neurodiversity as an ICF ACC ® certified coach, consultant, speaker and trainer. Leveraging her extensive 18-year corporate career and personal lived-in experience as a neurodivergent individual, Danielle offers distinctive and unparalleled insights to organisations seeking to create a more neuro-inclusive workplace culture.

Rachel Oliver

University of Cambridge

Prof Rachel Oliver FREng received her MEng and PhD degrees from the University of Oxford. She then moved to Cambridge as a Research Fellow at Peterhouse, and later won a Royal Society University Research Fellowship. In 2011, she took up her permanent academic position at the University of Cambridge and she is currently Professor of Materials Science and Director of the Cambridge Centre for Gallium Nitride. In January 2023, she became a Royal Academy of Engineering Chair in Emerging Technologies.

Rachel’s research focuses on understanding how the small-scale structure of nitride materials effects the performance and properties of devices. She uses expertise in microscopy and materials growth to develop new nanoscale nitride structures which will provide new functionality to the devices of the future. She is also a spinout founder, and a passionate advocate for increased equality, diversity and inclusion in science and engineering.
Photo credit: Matthew Thompson

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