Midlothian event to encourage women into STEM jobs

The STEM event will be held at Bush House
The STEM event will be held at Bush House

Edinburgh Technopole is to encourage girls into science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) careers at an event at the Midlothian science park on International Women’s Day.

Female pupils from Newbattle, Penicuik and Lasswade High Schools will be invited to Bush House on March 8 to hear about the careers and academic studies of four women working in STEM occupations and see first-hand the varied careers available to graduates.

Confirmed speakers are Julie Wood from Benchmark Vaccines Limited, Dr Janine Robb from Quotient, Katherine Garden from Xilinx, and Dr Nicola Stock from the Roslin Institute.

Judith Sanderson, Edinburgh Technopole park manager, said: “I think encouraging girls into STEM careers is so important in our modern world and although as a country we have made progress over the past few years, the problem remains. More than 50 per cent of STEM graduates are female, but this translates into only 14.4 per cent of the workforce. I think it is crucial that we do whatever we can to show girls the varied and exciting careers they can have within STEM occupations and I hope this afternoon will do just that.”