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Title: Advice to my 22 year old self
– A careers event by the Ingenious Women & BCS Women networks
Date: 30th May, 6pm-7.30pm
Venue: UEBS, Edinburgh
Speaker: Vicky Brock and Sarah Lee
We hope that you can join us for this joint Ingenious Women Scotland (IWS) and BCS Women Scotland event to hear from our two inspirational speakers! Join us to hear from two founders who have both built successful companies in Scotland. Vicky and Sarah will both share their experiences of starting and building a tech company, their own careers and what advice they would give themselves at the start knowing what they do today. This event is open to anyone who is interested in reflecting on their career and building their network.


Title: Ingenious Women in STEM: Science Beyond Academia
Date: 16th May,  5.15pm – 7pm
Venue: Duncan Rice Library, University of Aberdeen

Prof Alison Murray (Roland Sutton Chair of Radiology)

Lorna Duguid (Development Directory – Life Sciences at Opportunity North East Limited)

Debbie Mathers (STEM Ambassador Coordinator at the Aberdeen Science Centre)

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Prof Alison Murray will talk about her professional career and some of her collaborations with industry from within academia. Lorna Duguid will talk about some of the projects developed by Opportunity North West to help researchers to translate research into commercial opportunities. Finally, Debbie Mathers will explain how researchers can get involved in public engagement activities through the STEM Ambassadors programme.


Title: Communicating success
Date: 12th February,  5pm – 7pm
Venue: Duncan Rice Library, University of Aberdeen
Speakers:Dr Caroline Barelle, CEO, Elasmogen; Dr Fiona Rudkin, MRC Centre for Medical Mycology, University of Aberdeen

We hope that you can join us in Aberdeen for the first Ingenious Women Scotland event of 2019. Designed specifically for women working in STEM roles, this networking event is open to all researchers of all career stages who are interested in reflecting on their careers and building their networks.


Ingenious and Enterprising Women…The Adventure

Step out of your comfort zone to explore your leadership potential in the heart of Scotland, joining a group of ‘ingenious and enterprising women’ on a supported wild-camping adventure.  Creative challenges throughout the two days will allow you to explore your personal leadership and team working styles, as well as your attitude to risk.   We will be accompanied on the journey by entrepreneur in residence Catriona Morrison, a former professional triathlete now business owner, who will discuss strategies for taking forward your ideas and being resilient in the face of adversity.

This programme is intended for any female researcher at a Scottish University who has an idea to start something new. This could be a business, social enterprise, charity, collaboration or other endeavour. We want the adventure element to be accessible to all. You don’t have to be super-fit and outdoorsy or even have camped before.    If you have any concerns, get in touch for a chat.   (And if you are scarred from previous expedition experiences in the distant past we can talk about how this will be different!).  The same goes if childcare or disability is an issue – we would welcome discussion around what would enable you to participate in this.

We particularly want to explore the idea of risk taking because it’s an area of entrepreneurship where we feel there are a lot of myths, with women sometimes being seen as too risk averse to run a business. So if you feel that participating in this is a little bit risky, then it might well be for you. We hope that the programme will give you confidence in your next entrepreneurial endeavour, as well as a community of like-minded women who would like you to succeed.

Dates: 3rd and 4th September 2018

Venue: Firbush outdoor centre, near Killin

Intended audience: Early-career researchers from any University in Scotland, particularly postdoctoral researchers and new academic staff

All camping / outdoors equipment will be provided, along with meals and travel

Only 7 places are available on this trip so we invite you to apply to participate by 9am on 30 July, letting us know what you hope to get out of the programme. We will notify you of whether you have a place as soon as possible after the closing date.

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Previous events

The Ingenious & Enterprising Women Scotland programme ran networking events around Scotland in spring 2018. These were open to all to attend and included: break


Date: 15th February,  12pm – 2pm
Venue: Duncan Rice Library, University of Aberdeen
Speakers: Dr Alexandra Brand, Dr Joanna Young


Date: 8th March, 3.30pm – 5.30pm
Venue: Room 1F06, Dalhousie Building, University of Dundee
Speaker: Dr Inke Nathke, “Life and work on many coasts”


Date: 22nd March, 3pm-5pm
Venue: Court Room, Cottrell Building, University of Stirling
Speakers: Dr Claire Neil and Professor Sandra Adams


Date: 28th March, 4pm-6pm
Venue: Codebase, Castle Terrace, Edinburgh
Speaker: Sharon Moore, IBM


Date: 29th March, 12.30pm – 2.30pm

Venue: Sir Charles Wilson Building
Speaker: Dr Margaret Anne Craig, CEO Clyde Biosciences