Big Bang Theory meets Calendar Girls in new campaign to get women into science

Alison Auld from Durham University (left) in an image from the calendar to promote science for women.
Alison Auld from Durham University (left) in an image from the calendar to promote science for women.
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A NEW calendar aimed at promoting science to women features a Durham University student.

The university is showcased as part of the project to highlight the range and diversity of career opportunities available to women in the science field.

Launched this week, the calendar will also raise money for projects that break down gender stereotypes and encourage young women and girls to see science as an enriching, exciting and productive career choice.

Durham University PhD student, Alison Auld, from the School of Engineering and Computing Sciences, who features in the calendar, said: “I became involved in ScienceGrrl through Twitter.

“The thoughts and experiences shared in just 140 characters about women in science were inspiring.

“The real strength of ScienceGrrl is that it is driven by passionate and inspirational women scientists.

“We are real women doing real science and we want to show how exciting it is.”

Durham University chiefs say they are committed to tackling the unequal representation of women in science.

ScienceGrrl Calendar 2013 showcases the real face of female scientists, with photographs that demonstrate the impact of their work, highlighting careers from solar cell chemist to curator of modern physics and features renowned British scientist, Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell, and engineer and Tomorrow’s World presenter, Kate Bellingham.

In 2010, the UK Research Council reported that women form only 12.3 per cent of the skilled workforce in science, engineering and technology.

Professor Roger Crouch, head of the School of Engineering and Computing Science at Durham University, said: “We all need to do more to attract the brightest, most creative minds into science, technology, engineering and maths subjects.

“The forward-looking stance and hungry-for-change attitude tell us that ScienceGrrl means business.”

Founder and director of ScienceGrrl, Heather Williams, said: “ScienceGrrl celebrates what female scientists are already doing and encourages girls and young women to follow in our footsteps.”