Over the past few years there has been a sustained push to get more women into science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) based subjects and careers. Only recently, for instance, I attended a hackathon hosted by the STEMettes that aimed to inspire young girls to get into computing by offering them the chance to build mobile apps under the watchful tutelage of a bunch of Google techies.
At the other end of the scale, there is an increasing number of inspirational role models available to show youngsters the exciting and wonderful things they could be doing in science. The greatest of these is the annual Women in Science awards, which are sponsored this year by L’Oreal and Unesco.
The awards, which have been running for 17 years now, celebrate the significant efforts and contributions to scientific research, whether that’s working to protect the environment or help cure diseases that women have made.
The 2015 Winner
The winner this year was Professor Dame Carol Robinson, who was the fifth British winner to have won the award in its 17 year history. Professor Robinson was honoured for her work with mass spectrometers, which she used to create a revolutionary new method for studying protein function, with a particular focus on membrane proteins.
She also helped to establish the entirely new scientific field of gas phase structural biology. Her work is expected to play a substantial role in medical research over the coming years.
In the video above, Professor Robinson talks about her inspirational journey into the field of science, and the various challenges women face both in the field itself and in entering the profession.
She also discusses how the For Women In Science scheme supports the next generation of female scientists who enter the industry, and what her award means to her personally.
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The award was presented to Professor Robinson earlier this month at an awards ceremony in Paris, where she joined fellow award winners from other continents to celebrate women in science.