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40 young women take over BioCity Glasgow

40 young women take over BioCity Glasgow

Glasgow UK – 15 October 2019.

BioCity, the pioneering life science incubator and business collective opened its doors to forty young women from local schools on Tuesday 08 October 2019, to celebrate the tenth annual Ada Lovelace Day.

The event, co-created by BioCity and Dr Margaret Ritchie of the University of Glasgow invited young women from across the region to take part in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) based activities, all led by women in industry.

Alongside Dr Ritchie, BioCity-based Antibody Analytics and BioAscent ran interactive experiences allowing the students to gain insights into the world of STEM and to demonstrate the attainability of STEM-based careers to young women; including:

“My story”, Sylviane Boucharens, BioAscent CEO / co-founder and Rosie Thoirs, associate scientist at Antibody Analytics shared their first-hand experiences of working in and building successful careers from science. Both shared personal experiences and gave advice to those considering a future in STEM.

“People like me”. ‘Explorer’, ‘entrepreneur’, ‘policymaker’ or ‘communicator’. Students took personality tests to find out where they could find themselves and a future career within STEM, based on their personality type.

The young women, aged between twelve and fourteen years old who all attend schools within a fifteen-mile radius of BioCity Glasgow, were invited to join BioCity to celebrate the tenth annual Ada Lovelace Day.

Founded in 2009 by Suw Charman-Anderson in response to a lack of female visibility within STEM, Ada Lovelace Day is now recognised internationally. Events are held on the second Tuesday in October every year, specifically designed to increase the visibility of women in STEM and create new role models for those considering career options.

Gemma Cann, BioCity marketing director, said, “The young women who joined us for Ada Lovelace Day could be solving problems in the future we aren’t even aware of yet.

“Every day, women are taking on global health and environmental challenges. They are the role models who prove that careers in STEM are attainable for women and at BioCity we feel a real responsibility to increase the visibility of these women and support those of the future”.

Dr Margaret Ritchie, Glasgow University, said, “There has never been a better time to be a girl with an interest in STEM. There are many exciting opportunities for girls who wish to study STEM subjects and to progress their careers and to travel. Through STEM, girls can be whoever they want to be, follow their dreams and be a success in any STEM area – the world really is their oyster’.

As the event drew to a close, the young women were asked to anonymously vote “Have you been inspired by science today?”. The answer, a unanimous “yes”.