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Supporting girls to pursue an education and career in STEM

Our Expert Speaker Programme offers valuable CPD for education professionals on a variety of topics

When is it?

Thursday 9th March 2023, 4:00 – 5:00pm

For years women have been underrepresented in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) degrees and occupations. During this session, Dr Elena García-Martín will discuss the gender gap and why women are so few, her personal experiences while studying Marine Science and working in oceanography, and what can be done to balance the numbers.

  • Anyone interested in encouraging girls to pursue STEM subjects and careers
  • Teachers in schools and colleges
  • Support staff in schools and colleges
  • SLT in schools and colleges

By joining the session, you will:
  • Consider the barriers that women have and currently face in the STEM fields
  • Hear suggestions of how school and college staff can support girls in overcoming barriers they might face in the STEM sectors
  • Explore strategies that practitioners can use to encourage girls and young women to pursue a STEM education or career

Presenter Information

Dr Elena García-Martín is a principal investigator at the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) Southampton. Ever since she got her first scuba diving kit at the age of 10, she knew she wanted to pursue a marine science career. She works in the field of microbial ecology, understanding the role of microscopic marine algae (phytoplankton) and bacteria in the oxygen and carbon dioxide production and consumption, and how microbial marine organisms change depending on the environmental conditions, time and space. She combines laboratory experiments with research cruise expeditions, where she uses different methodologies to collect data. In addition, she currently sits in the NOC Sustainable and Social Responsibility Committee.