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International Day of Women and Girls in Science

NPL celebrates Women in Science

Science and gender equality are vital for tackling some of the greatest global challenges including mitigating climate change and improving health. As the UK’s National Metrology Institute, NPL recognises the importance of promoting STEM, providing opportunities and inspiring the next generation. We also recognise how diversity in research expands the pool of talented researchers, bringing in fresh perspectives, talent and creativity.

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.

Alice Harling, Head of Department for Atmospheric Environmental Science, NPL said: “One thing I would tell my younger self is to not be so fixated on a career path, sometimes it’s the curveballs that take you by surprise on a different trajectory”

Emma Richardson, Energy and Environment Advisor, NPL states: “For me, my passion was always tackling climate change, so I would remind my younger self to continue reading and maintaining up-to-date knowledge, remaining engaged with the issue through activism and living a sustainable lifestyle, and ensuring that my foundation of scientific understanding stayed strong, so that when a job opportunity came along, I was able to pursue knowing that I had not only the passion but the knowledge base to be successful at the role.”

To celebrate the achievements of women at NPL and recognise the critical role they play, we talked to a range of our staff to find out how they got into the industry, what their job involved and advice to their younger selves. Throughout the day we’ll be sharing their stories, follow along on social here.

11 Feb 2021