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A major STEM Conference at The Red Maids’ School

What are the ‘geeks’ at NASA really like? How do we stop cyber-attacks? Can our heads control our hearts? How does maths save lives? These are questions a Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Conference at The Red Maids’ School will attempt to answer.

STEM skills are high on the Government’s agenda, recognising that they play a crucial role in the UK economy. A range of recent government-sponsored reports highlight that over the coming years the importance of STEM is likely to increase.

1 South West Regional Skills, Enterprise and Employment Analysis, 2007, SLIM.

On Friday 17 May, the Red Maids’ School in Westbury on Trym will welcome girls from state and independent schools across the south west to hear from a number of high profile speakers.

Chris Barkey, one of three key note speakers, will travel from Derby to address the conference on the subject of “Engineering: For You, For Society”. Chris is Chief Operating Officer, Engineering & Technology, for Rolls-Royce.

Lucinda Billingham, Professor of Biostatistics within the School of Cancer Sciences at the University of Birmingham and an expert advisor for Cancer Research UK, will talk about “Making a difference in Medicine with Maths”.

Another key note speaker, Helen Fennell, is herself a former Red Maid. She now works for Petrofac Engineering & Consulting Services, is a Fellow of the Institution of Chemical Engineers and has won the Women in Science and Engineering Excellence Award.

Students can also choose from over 20 different workshops to attend – all being run by STEM experts and professionals.

Speaking of this event, Hugo Besterman, Director of Sixth Form at Red Maids’ said, “We are fully committed to helping our students access careers in STEM fields. Although women are still under-represented, an increasing number of our students have applied to do STEM subjects at university in recent years and have enjoyed a great deal of success.”

This year’s event follows previous similar Red Maids’ conferences on the subject of careers for women in medicine.

This year’s conference is sponsored by global software engineering company Broadcom, together with Smith & Williamson, one of the largest accountancy firms in the UK.

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