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Women in Science, Technology and Engineering Conference

A project by: Supporting Women in Science



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This project received pledges on Wed 18 Apr 2018
Support Women in Science!

We are hoping to raise £600 to take a group of students to the 2018 Women in Science, Technology and Engineering (WISE) Conference this May in Manchester. Sponsor us now, and help us make this a reality.

The problem

Women are massively underrepresented within Science, Technology and Mathematics (STEM) and at present make up only 24% of core STEM industries. This needs to change, and you can be a part of that.

We need to empower the next generation of scientists, engineers, technologists and mathematicians to be catalysts for change and fight for equal representation in STEM occupations.

What's being done?

We feel passionately about improving opportunities for women in science. To address this we began the Supporting the Role of Women in Science Society to educate and explore factors that contribute to the gender pay gap. By hosting speakers and running workshops to equip and inspire our members, we aim to overcome barriers like salary negotiation and communicating ideas with confidence. But we need your help to increase the impact we can make.

What can you do?

We are giving you the opportunity to be part of the advancement of women in science. You can do this by funding a student to attend the Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) Conference in Manchester in May. We're incredibly grateful to have received free tickets to the conference, but without money for transport we cannot attend. The price of transport per person is £30, therefore we need your help to raise £600 to take 20 students.

Help give women in science a voice! Please sponsor us now.

The wider solution

Our society is part of a larger network that is seeking to reduce inequality in STEM. The WISE conference would be a great opportunity to further integrate ourselves within the wider network and make a greater impact in York and further afield. But to play a bigger part, we need to be attending events and conferences like this. We want to make sure that any student, regardless of their current financial situation, is able to take part in creating this change.

We strongly believe in the mission statement for the WISE Conference 2018 which seeks to "ensure women are part of the solution and to empower organisations to increase the number of women in positions requiring innovative thinking.”


Our experience will be shared with undergraduate and PhD students within science departments at York. So for every one student that you can send to the conference, you may be helping two, three, four or more students understand more about solutions to increasing the representation of women in STEM subjects. If we exceed our target, additional money will support the society to fund external speakers and future workshops.


I was honoured to speak at a recent ‘Supporting Women in Science’ meeting. The talk was well attended by enthusiastic and engaged individuals and the whole evening was very well organized. SWIS is a hugely important society and the work they do to raise the profile of women in science is vital, especially reaching out to women at the start of their scientific careers ” Dr Katie Smith, University of York Lecturer.


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Find us here

Facebook: Supporting the Role of Women in Science (Uni of York)

Instagram: SWIS467

We will frequently give updates of our progress on social media.

Help us succeed!

You don't need to give money to help us succeed! Please share this project with anyone you think would support us – on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, by email, telephone, a chat over the fence or on your blog.

In fact, share it with everyone you know as we think it's a great idea, and the more people who know about it, the more likely we are to make this work out brilliantly.

And we know we said you don't need to give money to help us, but we'd love it if you did! Please sponsor us and help make this happen.