Girls Night Out at Jodrell Bank

Last Thursday we hosted another popular Girls Night Out event here at Jodrell Bank. This is our twice-yearly celebration of women and girls in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths). It takes place every spring and autumn, and was created by us to support women and girls who study or work in STEM or who are interested in pursuing a career in a STEM subject.

Our guest speaker for this edition was The University of Manchester’s Professor Alice Larkin. Alice is Head of the School of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering and a researcher in the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research. She gave a fascinating talk and kindly stayed around afterwards to answer questions about her research and career.

After the talk, attendees toured the site, taking in a range of activities:

A host of expert Environmental Scientists from the University of Manchester made up our mini-researcher fair and provided plenty of engaging and hands-on experiments and activities for everyone to get involved with. Our inflatable planetarium was set up for the evening too, and visitors enjoyed a guided tour of the planets, looking for signs of habitability. We also introduced a special trail for participants to follow and discover some of the world’s greatest female scientists. -Take a look at some of the incredible women we featured in the Reach for the Stars trail below. And, of course, our traditional Girls Night Out chocolate brownies were enjoyed by all in the Planet Pavilion Cafe!

We’d like to offer our warmest thanks to everyone who took part in the event, helping us to organise another successful evening and inspiring even more women and girls to pursue their interests in STEM.

“Just had one of the best Girls Night Out at Jodrell Bank discussing the historical and current effects of climate change” Donna Butcher

You can view a collection of images from the event here:

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The next Girls Night Out will take place on Friday 8th March 2019, this time with a focus on the red planet and featuring Dr Natasha Stephen from the University of Plymouth. You can find out more and book your tickets online here.

We hope to see you there!

Photography by Howard Barlow