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Athena SWAN Day: Getting through the career maze

Brunel University London’s fourth annual Athena SWAN Lecture will be delivered by Dame Athene Donald, Professor of Experimental Physics at the University of Cambridge.

Lecture title: Getting through the career maze

12.15 Lunch Reception
13.00 Lecture and Research Leave Awards
14.05 Early Career Researcher Presentations
14.50 Close

Lecture abstract: “When setting out options can seem bewildering and it isn't always obvious where one should be aiming anyhow. My own career has always simply been about doing the next thing, be it with regard to my science or chairing a committee. Science provides a wonderful training for many different activities, not all of which reside in our universities, but one has to be open to seizing opportunities. I will discuss my career progression, the ups and downs, and how conscious decisions did (and did not) play a part.”


The Athena SWAN Charter was established in 2005 to address the underrepresentation of women as academics and researchers in science, technology, engineering, maths, and medicine (STEMM). The Charter was expanded in 2015 to recognise work undertaken to address gender equality more broadly, and not just barriers to progression that affect women. In addition to STEMM, Athena SWAN now also covers arts, humanities, social sciences, business and law, and recognises support for professional and support roles, and for trans staff and students.

Brunel University London has held a Bronze Athena SWAN award since 2012, and is currently working to renew its Bronze accreditation under the expanded Charter.