Women of the Future 2015


The Women of the Future Conference 2015 was sponsored by:




On 23rd April 2015, 240 15 year-old girls and their teachers from 20 different state schools in Norfolk and Suffolk (many in rural and coastal communities) descended on the John Innes Centre in Norwich.

They heard inspirational speeches from high profile women in Science, Professors Jackie Hunter and Caroline Dean and Space Scientist and BBC presenter Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock. Role models from and all over the country flocked to be involved with this ground breaking project and high profile companies came with careers stands full of information for the girls. They met Engineers, Academics, Science Media Professionals, women who work in medical research, healthcare and top female figures from tech companies. We gave out equipment, advice, personal stories, links for future connections and hopefully smashed some stereotypes about what girls can achieve and what a ‘scientist’ looks like. For this event we had support from industry, learned societies, higher education and the local authority.

Women of the Future was conceived and delivered by a group of female academics on the Norwich Research Park who are passionate about raising girl’s aspirations and broadening their horizons about careers involving Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine (STEMM).  You can download the complete  WOF15 Event Brochure (.pdf file, requires Adobe Reader).


The Women of the Future conference attracted funding from a variety of sources including Intel, who brought an all-female film crew to capture the impact of the event on a group of girls from Flegg High School in Martham…

The John Innes Centre Photographer, Andrew Davis, captured many images from the day…

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Profs. Caroline Dean and Jackie Hunter





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Storify: Tweets from the event