Benenden Hosts Inaugural Event to Inspire Women into Science and Engineering

Benenden School has welcomed girls from schools across Kent and London for an inaugural conference showcasing the career opportunities available to women in the fields of Science and Engineering.

In total 150 girls and teachers – from state and independent schools including Brompton Academy, Fort Pitt Grammar, Kent College Pembury and Northfleet Technology College – joined students at Benenden for the event on Wednesday (5 October).

Benenden hosted the Women in Science and Engineering Conference in conjunction with the Wise Young Women’s Board, The Royal Society of Chemistry and many experts.

The purpose of the event was to give girls an insight into the wonderful opportunities available from studying STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) subjects at university.

The programme of events featured eminent speakers offering advice and experiences about working in Science and Engineering. Among them were professionals from institutions including King’s College London, QinetiQ, Deutsche Bank, Imperial College London, the Anaerobic Digestion and Biosciences Association, and the Institute of Physics.

The event was organised by Benenden’s STEM Outreach Co-ordinator Susan Harris. She said: “We were delighted to welcome so many girls to Benenden for this event in conjunction with the Wise Young Women’s Board and The Royal Society of Chemistry.

“We hope the day opened girls’ eyes to the many marvellous opportunities there are for women in the fields of Science and Engineering.”

Benenden Headmistress Samantha Price said: “We are incredibly proud to host an event of this significance.
“Benenden is at the forefront of girls’ education in the UK, especially in the STEM subjects, and we are delighted to play our part in inspiring young women everywhere to pursue their passion for working in Science and Engineering. The UK is a world leader in these industries and they have potential for enormous growth, so we want girls and young women to be equipped with the skills and the information to help them be a part of this bright future.”

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