2019 WISE Awards Winners Announced
The winners of the 2019 WISE Awards were announced during a truly inspiring evening ceremony on 7 November 2019 at 8 Northumberland Avenue, London.
Winners, finalists and guests had a fantastic night recognising individuals and organisations who are actively working to promote those who are working to achieve gender balance in STEM in the UK.
Official photos from the night… now LIVE!
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And the winners are…
Susan has transformed opportunities for girls in her area by organising conferences, workshops, research projects and events alongside her work as a senior technician. Her innovation is clear in her role and her team, but also in her plans for a STEM bus to tour schools that would inspire and educate young people. The number of girls studying STEM subjects at Susan’s school has been steadily rising, and her support has led to the establishment of a society of engineers and an eco society at the school.
Joanna has been a games designer for over 11 years and works hard to encourage girls to join the male-dominated industry. She is determined to normalise being pregnant and having children while working in the gaming industry. A great innovator in game design, Jo works with girls and students, mentoring and encouraging them to follow her footsteps.
Dr Emma Veale
After obtaining her PhD in 2017, Emma began her current position as a research associate at the Medway School of Pharmacy. Advancing outside her field of expertise, she saw an opportunity for conducting research using novel mobile technology to screen people for atrial fibrillation (AF). Leading this project, Emma has coordinated a team which includes a cardiologist, GPs, clinical pharmacists and academics to help reduce AF-associated stroke through early diagnosis and management.
Sarah has relentlessly promoted STEM careers to young people for 15 years. As a STEM ambassador and leader, she has helped shape and develop 3M UK’s award winning (Big Tick Award) education community programme, which aims to encourage more young people, especially girls, into STEM careers. Sarah conceived, founded and leads an annual “Science Supper Club” for children and their parents, and organises termly Skype sessions that enable underprivileged children from a school in Zambia to speak with scientists and engineers from 3M. In 2014, Sarah was given the opportunity to project manage the development of a new Innovation Centre at the 3M site which has since hosted more than 5000 visitors, ranging from school children to CEOs.
Zeb has spent the last fifteen years committed to making society more inclusive and cohesive. As a lead mentor with the Prince’s Trust, Zeb works to raise the aspirations of girls by increasing their understanding of STEM-related employment opportunities, connecting them with role models and by empowering them to strive for higher achievement in their lives. Presented with the 2018 Wood Nuclear President’s award for Social Impact, Zeb’s influence has resulted in a joint mentoring programme and partnership between the Prince’s Trust and Wood.
Eniola is Programme Director for BBSTEM (Black British Professionals in STEM). By working collaboratively with institutions and the black community, she helps to develop relationships that strive for diversity and inclusion in the STEM world. Eniola has established a collaboration between BBSTEM and The Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust to deliver career-oriented programmes in two Lewisham borough schools and is also developing a Leadership Development Series to encourage gender parity at senior levels.
Jaclyn has a passion for all things STEM. In addition to voluntarily giving talks to schools, clubs and community groups across the UK, she actively supports other professionals and professional bodies in developing inclusive community outreach approaches. She has created an entire set of resources to engage in space science via local science centres and museums which reached more than 70,000 young people nationally in just12 months. Jaclyn is currently developing Imperial Computing’s outreach strategy and in this, has committed to a minimum of 50% female participation for all activities (unless their exists specified targeted interventions, such as working class boys, religious groups, etc).
Diana sees the need to provide more visibility for women working in emerging technologies and serving as changemakers in traditionally male-dominated industries like fintech as a matter of urgency. She is willing to stand up and take action to address inequality, often in creative ways like the partnership with RADA to help women find their voice in business. Diana is seen as a role model and works with global organisations and charities on a broad range of projects on inclusion, from mentoring to Board level.