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Celebrating Women in Science

The UN International Day of Women and Girls in Science (11th February) aims to promote full and equal access to, and participation in, science for women and girls.

"Diverse teams are more creative and better at finding innovative solutions for challenging problems. This is just one of the many reasons why at NPL we have been actively recruiting women into all functions across the laboratory and this undoubtedly makes us a better company with a progressive and successful working environment," explains Dr Peter Thompson FREng, NPL's CEO. "We are proud of our activities and achievements in increasing the number of girls and women working in science and are relentless in doing more to continue to increase that number."

Tackling some of the greatest challenges of the UN’s Agenda for Sustainable Development – from improving health to combating climate change – will rely on harnessing talent. Diversity in research expands the pool of talented researchers, bringing in fresh perspectives, talent and creativity. This day is a reminder that women and girls play a critical role in science and technology communities.  

Approximately 37% of our science and engineering staff are women, a 10% increase since last year. In recent years we have taken steps to continue to improve the gender balance, with programmes such as the Springboard Women’s Development, Project Juno, the Daphne Jackson Trust and flexible working arrangement to support all employees in achieving their desired work life balance.

Amal Lavender, Head of Chemical and Biological Sciences at NPL said: “No two days are the same, which I love. My department is involved in projects such as the CRUK Grand Challenge and anti-microbial resistance to understanding nanoparticles. I can be involved in anything from coaching or problem solving with the team, working on the future of the capabilities to improving a process or speaking with a customer. I love that I work with a team of brilliant scientists that we are working on amazing science which is improving the lives on UK citizens and beyond.”

Susan Johny, Research Scientist in NPL’s Electromagnetic & Electrochemical Technologies group said: “I am proud to be a scientist and to be taking part in cutting-edge technology studies. NPL has given me the opportunity to take part in several international conferences and working with academia, which demonstrates to me the scope of high-level research being undertaken in the field of electromagnetics at NPL.”


11 Feb 2020