The number of women in science and engineering classes and workplaces is growing, yet men continue to outnumber women, and continue to dominate senior positions. Many argue it’s a pipeline issue – that if we can interest more young girls in STEM subjects, the issue will resolve itself over time? But how can you be what you can’t see?
Others contend that women are choosing to forgo careers in STEM to attain better work-family balance? Increasingly, however, studies indicate that bias, not pipeline issues or personal choices, is pushing women out of science – and that this can be complicated even further depending on a woman’s race or ethnicity. How do we begin to close the gender gap and inspire the next generation of female innovators and leaders? Can we afford to wait?
This forum will feature successful female scientists and engineers who will share their experiences, as well as discuss what they are doing to “shift and lift” the participation of women in STEM to deliver better science and innovation through gender diversity and inclusive engagement.
- Paula T. HAMMOND
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
- Jackie HUNTER
Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, UK
- Yeng Ming LAM
Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
- Katharina MANIURA
Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology, Switzerland
- Jenny MARTIN
University of Wollongong, Australia
- Elizabeth POLLITZER
Co-founder and Director, Portia
Executive Director (Covering),
Institute of Medical Biology, A*STAR, Singapore
Young and early-career researchers face a unique set of both challenges and opportunities. There are the demands related to establishing a professional career and the chance to shape a career path. Identifying opportunities and making the “right” decisions to advance career development can feel difficult.
Materials science is inherently an exciting field. With the idea that, “everything needs to be made out of something”, materials-related R&D is influenced by the demands and needs of other technologies and technology trends. At the same time, the ability to alter a material’s properties and the creativity in developing new materials enables materials R&D to drive new opportunities – making previously impossible or even unthought-of technologies, possible.
This forum aims to bring together young and early-career researchers to share and discuss experiences related to career development and perspectives on opportunities in the dynamic space that is material science.
Speakers in the forum include participants in past editions of IUMRS-ICYRAM – a conference series, established in 2012, which set out to provide a platform for young researchers in the field of materials science to present technical findings of their research, to network within the international community of other young researchers, and to increase the breadth of their general materials-based knowledge.
If you would like to suggest a topic for discussion or pose a question for the forum, related to either the changing face of materials science or career development, please send your message to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Evan L. WILLIAMS
Deputy Dept Head, Electronic Materials
Institute of Materials Research & Engineering, Singapore
- Rosamund DAW
Senior Editor, Physical Sciences, Nature Journal
- Prashant V. KAMAT
Editor-in-Chief, ACS Energy Letters
- Sam KELTIE
Executive Editor, Materials & Nanoscience Journals, Royal Society of Chemistry
- Christopher SCHUH
Coordinating Editor, Acta Materialia Journal
- John UHLRICH
Editor-in-Chief, Energy Technology, Wiley
- Rachel WON
International Editor, Nature Photonics
Vice President (University and Global Relations)
National University of Singapore, Singapore