Women of the Future Conference



Women of the Future is a one day conference for Year 10 girls, designed to educate, advise and inspire. During the conference students meet some of the UK’s leading and most influential female STEMM professionals as well as receiving advice and information from a wide range of STEMM employers.


The John Innes Centre hosted the 2nd Women of the Future Conference on 2nd November 2016. 



Programme for the 2016 conference was as follows:

09:15 – 09:45 Schools arrive at John Innes Centre
10:00 – 10:10 Welcome & Opening Remarks (Auditorium)
Dr. Carole Thomas, Head of Directorate, John Innes Centre
10:10 – 10:20 Speaker 1
Claire West, Bio-Informatician, John Innes Centre
10:25 – 10:35 Speaker 2
Maddie Moate, TV Presenter and YouTuber, BBC
10:40 – 10:55 Speaker 3
Sian Hill, Structural Engineer, Sinclair Johnston and Partners
10:55 – 11:20 Refreshments (Foyer)
11:20 – 11:55 Keynote Speaker
Dr. Helen Czerski, Physicist and Oceanographer, UCL
“We need to talk about physics:  patterns, perspectives and how to find your way in the world”
11:55 – 12:00 House-keeping – what happens next?
Dr. Phil Smith
12:00 – 13:00 Circus of encounters. Four parallel sessions, each 15 min:
(i) Facilitated Q&A with Helen Czerski (Auditorium)
(ii) Posters and PhD Students (Gallery)
(iii) Heroines of Science (Watson & Crick)
(iv) Meet the STEMM employers (Foyer)
13:00 – 13:35 Lunch
13:40 – 14:40 Concurrent sessions (2 x 30 min)
(i)  Meet the STEMM employers (Foyer)
(ii)  Role Model Speed-dating (Gallery & Auditorium)
(iii) Teacher session (Franklin)
14:40 – 15:00 Science Chat on the Sofa (Auditorium)
15:00 – 15:05 Closing Remarks & Prizes: Samantha Fox, John Innes Centre Youth Aspiration Champion
15:05 – 15:10 Complete and return evaluation forms
15:10 Depart John Innes Centre

The full participant’s booklet can be viewed here:

The founders of NextGenSTEMM  are a group of female scientists and experts in inclusivity and diversity based at the Norwich Research Park (NRP) and the University of East Anglia (UEA) who are working to promote gender diversity in academia and STEMM.