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Athena SWAN Lecture - 'An Engineer in Wonderland'

An Engineer in Wonderland

Jump down the rabbit hole for an adventure in engineering at our Athena SWAN event on Wednesday 14 March

Our annual Athena SWAN event celebrates the achievements of women in academia, this year's event on Wednesday 14 March will feature a talk called; An Engineer in Wonderland, by Julia King, Baroness Brown of Cambridge.

Follow Baroness Brown down the rabbit hole as she takes us though her successful career in engineering, which spans academia, industry and government: "I have long been a great fan of Alice, an intrepid adventurer who likes to experiment, surprises herself with her gutsy responses to challenges, ask questions and gives herself lots of advice – and makes it straight through the glass!"

Baroness Brown has worked at Cambridge, Rolls Royce, Imperial College and more recently Aston University where she was Vice-Chancellor for 10 years until 2016.  Julia now works on climate change mitigation and the low carbon economy, she is part of WEF Global Agenda Council on Decarbonising Energy and is the UK's Low Carbon Business Ambassador to name but a few of her roles.

She explains; "I will talk about my career, what and who supported me on the way in the decisions I took, what I am proud of, and, in the light of my experiences,  what advice I would give myself (and others) if I were doing it again.  Finally I will say a bit about my most recent move and what we do in the House of Lords.  Alice will accompany me on the journey."

You will also hear from three Brunel women who are also breaking through the glass in their research:

· Dr Mellissa Prunty from Occupational Therapy, CHLS

· Ioana Pisica, from CEDPS

· Oksana Gerwe from CBASS

Book here for your space on Wednesday 14 March in the Eastern Gateway auditorium, there will be a buffet lunch at 12.15 and afternoon tea from 2.45pm.


Full programme:

12.15 - 13.00 - Buffet lunch

13.00 - 14.00 - Lecture and Research Leave Awards

14.00 - 14.45 - Presentations from three young researchers

14.45 - 15.10 - Tea/coffee

15.15 Event close


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). Brunel has held a Bronze Athena SWAN award since 2012.