2006 WISE Science Communication Award Winner

Maggie Aderin-Pocock MBE

Scientist, Broadcaster and Honorary Research Associate at University College London

What three words sum up your STEM journey so far?

Exciting, challenging, stimulating

Who/what inspired you to join the STEM sector?

Apollo moon landings, the Clangers, Star Trek, my parents

What is the best career advice you’ve ever been given?

Have confidence in yourself and have a crazy dream.

What advice would you give to women who are #1ofTheMillion working in STEM today?

Let your voice be heard! STEM has been male dominated for years, more in some areas the others, but for better diversity to work all voices need to be heard.

What advice would you give to women and girls to encourage them to join the STEM sector?

Join us in one of the fastest growing sectors of the job market. We have a deficit of STEM practitioners in the UK and jobs in these areas generally pay better than most and are also more robust in a changing market.

Given the unique challenges we face due to COVID-19, how can we keep gender balance and diversity on the agenda?

As the public looks to science for solution, we need to emphasise the importance of getting the next generation of STEM practitioners to help solve future global crisis.

What can organisations do to increase/inspire more women into STEM?

We need to do a better job of making girls and women aware of the vast array of STEM jobs out there, and use more role models to show how women make a real difference in the field.

What do you envision for the STEM sector over the next 20 years?

Going from strength to strength. As other sectors fall foul of the increasing input of AI, the STEM sector will be embracing the changes and changing the market.

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