Photo exhibition celebrates women in technology

The UK Resource Centre for Women in Science, Engineering and Technology (UKRC) is unveiling its Women of Outstanding Achievement Photographic Exhibition on the evening of 11 March 2008 at the home of its official sponsor, The Royal Society, in London

Now in its third year, the Women of Outstanding Achievement Photographic Exhibition is designed to profile pioneering women in science, engineering and technology (SET) ̵1; a sector in which less than 20 per cent of employees are female. The aim is to create a growing collection of portraits that will act as inspirational images to encourage other women to take part and progress in a career within SET. A high profile judging panel from the world of SET, industry and government was asked to choose six outstanding women to be profiled from 125 nominations.

Annette Williams, director of the UKRC, said: "There is a distinct lack of female role models in SET and this may discourage women from entering into and progressing in the sector. That's why we're so keen to profile outstanding women scientists and engineers ̵1; to demonstrate that it is possible to succeed in what has traditionally considered to be a male discipline.

"All of the nominations we received this year were outstanding but six women have been chosen to represent them in the exhibition. They are all high achievers who have reached the top levels of their professions and have exciting, fulfilling careers which, in some cases, have taken them around the world and on television."

Professor Averil MacDonald, who was chosen as an Outstanding Woman of Achievement in 2007 for her contribution to science communication, said: "Being part of the Women of Outstanding Achievement Photographic Exhibition really helped to raise my profile and was the impetus for me being awarded the first professorship in Science Communication with responsibility for action to support and advance women in science."

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Image: The UKRC's exhibition celebrates women involved in engineering

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