12 of our Year 10 students were excited to attend the Women of the Future Conference at the John Innes Centre at the University of East Anglia on Thursday 23rd April. Alde Valley Academy was one of 20 schools from across North Suffolk and Norfolk who were invited to take part.
This was a fantastic opportunity for the students to learn first-hand how a career involving STEMM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering , Medicine and Maths) can lead to amazing things.
During the conference the girls listened to inspirational speakers including:
- Professor Caroline Dean OBE,FRS who runs a world leading group at the John Inness Centre studying the interactions between plants and their environment
- Professor Jackie Hunter CBE, FMedSci who is Chief Executive of the Biotechnology and Biological Science Research Council (BBSRC)
- Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock MBE, a space scientist whose passion is presenting science in an interesting and engaging format and is currently presenting the new series of Sky at Night
- Dr Aderin-Pocock who explained to the girls how a shortage of students studying physics related subjects had resulted in recruitment difficulties in this area.
There was also a chance for the students to talk to other female role models within STEMM, ranging from an Earthquake Engineer to a Physiotherapist, as well as UEA PhD students for an insight into future study.
This was a fantastic opportunity for the students and gave them a really valuable insight into careers that could be unlocked through studying STEMM related subjects.