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Athene Donald

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Presentation for naming the new Science Building at Churchill Academy & Sixth Form

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Athene Donald

  1. 1. Dame Athene Donald … to inspire children at Churchill Academy to pursue careers in science and engineering Scientist Role Model Champion for women in science Leader AcademicResearcher Inspiration PhysicsProfessor
  2. 2. Dame Athene Donald Born on 15th May 1953 in London Studied Natural Sciences at Girton College, Cambridge Gained a PhD in 1977 in Theoretical Physics Professor of Experimental Physics at the University of Cambridge in 1998 Fellow of the Royal Society in 1999 Appointed a Dame in the 2010 Queens Birthday Honours List
  3. 3. Academic Research Her research field is soft matter and biological physics, including polymers, biopolymers and, most recently, cellular biophysics She is currently the Master of Churchill College, Cambridge
  4. 4. Awards and Honours These are few of her achievements 1983: Royal Society University Research fellow 2009: L'Oréal-UNESCO awards for woman in science 2010: Faraday medal for the institute of Physics 2011: UKRC woman of outstanding achievements lifetime award Awards and Honours These are few of her achievements 1983: Royal Society University Research fellow 2009: L'Oréal-UNESCO awards for woman in science 2010: Faraday medal for the institute of Physics 2011: UKRC woman of outstanding achievements lifetime award She was awarded 20 awards in the space of 33 years
  5. 5. Champion for women in science Donald has been a champion of women in science From 2006 to 2014 she was Director of Cambridge University's Women in Science, Engineering and Technology Initiative, and she was the University's first Gender Equality Champion from 2010 to 2014 Outside the University, she chaired the Athena Forum from 2009 to 2013, an organisation which aims to provide a strategic oversight of developments that advance the career progression and representation of women in science, technology, mathematics, and medicine (STEM) in UK higher education
  6. 6. Quotes Athene Donald said “Dolls rather than chemistry sets are being pushed at young girls who find it hard to follow a career in science” She said, “We need to change the way we think about girls and boys and what's appropriate at an early age” She says, “In this day and age, gender stereotyping still exists and we need to put a stop to it”
  7. 7. Summary Athene Donald is a great inspiration to us all, for her career in science and her support for gender equality. In years to come she could influence children at Churchill Academy to pursue a career a science or engineering
  8. 8. Thankyou for listening …… she has certainly inspired us. What about you?

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