Athene Donald | Not Just for the Boys
Sat 22 Apr 2023 | 10:00am - 11:00am
Professor Emerita in Experimental Physics and Master of Churchill College, Athene Donald offers a refreshing look at why we need more women in science and makes the case for greater diversity in modern research. Not Just for the Boys looks at how society excludes women from science, what progress has been made, and how more is needed.
As a distinguished physicist herself, Athene dispels common myths: for example, the perception that science is not creative, or that it is carried out by a lone genius in an ivory tower – myths that can be very off-putting to many sections of the population.
Athene shares her view that a better appreciation of the collaborative, creative, and multi-disciplinary nature of science is likely to lead to its appeal to a far wider swathe of people, especially women. Join the discussion as Athene argues the moral and business case for greater diversity in modern research, the better to improve science and tackle the great challenges we face today.
Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage (Old Divinity School)
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Athene Donald is Professor Emerita in Experimental Physics and Master of Churchill College, University of Cambridge. Other than four years postdoctoral research in the USA, she has spent her career in Cambridge, specializing in soft matter physics and physics at the interface with biology. She was the University of Cambridge’s first Gender Equality Champion and has been involved in numerous initiatives concerning women in science. She was elected Fellow of the Royal Society in 1999 and appointed DBE for services to Physics in 2010.