June 23rd is International Women in Engineering Day – with the focus being to raise the profile of women in engineering and bring more attention to the amazing career opportunities available to women in this exciting industry. females to consider STEM careers and celebrate the achievements of women already making great accomplishments in the field.
So in celebration of this event and to help encourage as many future female STEM careers as possible, here are our Top Female Speakers in STEM, for events this International Women in Engineering Day (and beyond…)
Ozak Esu is a multi-award winning professional electronic and electrical engineer.
Ozak is devoted to STEM outreach and volunteering initiatives that promote equality, diversity, and inclusion. This includes tutoring, mentoring, creating content for lectures and delivering public speeches at events like The Alan Turing Institute Gamechangers for STEM and The Better Future Tour in partnership with Shell UK.
She was also the recipient of two prestigious awards from the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET); the IET Mike Sargeant Career Achievement Medal, and the 2017 IET Young Woman Engineer of the Year award.
See Dr Ozak Esu at The Alan Turing Institute below talking about Championing equality, diversity and inclusion in STEM:
Roma is a structural engineer who spent 6 years working on The Shard. She was described by the Telegraph as “the new voice of women talking about science and engineering and making it cool”.
She is passionate about trying to encourage young people into pursuing careers in science, technology and engineering and is an advocate for promoting women’s roles in the industry.
Math is a vital part of engineering and Dr Liberty Vittert is an incredibly bright mathematician and statistician who is keen to bring her enthusiasm for math’s to a wider audience. While Libby’s area of expertise isn’t in engineering, as an Ambassador for the Royal Statistical Society and professor at the University of Glasgow, her knowledge and dedication to STEM education, are second to none.
Liberty is often asked to share her knowledge within the media and has appeared on STV Scottish news, BBC Radio Scotland, Channel 4, Fox News Channel, and PBS.
Dr Anne-Marie Imafidon MBE is the co-founder of Stemette the award-winning social enterprise inspiring the next generation of females into Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) roles via a series of impactful events and opportunities – and one of our superb female STEM speakers.
One of the youngest ever to be awarded a Masters’ degree in Mathematics & Computer Science by the University of Oxford at age 20, Anne-Marie, has since been listed among the top 50 women in tech in the world by Forbes, voted the 5th most influential woman in IT by Computer Weekly and was the recipient of the prestigious Barclays UK ‘Woman of the Year’ award.
Dr Emily Grossman is an internationally acclaimed science writer, public speaker and TV personality. She is an expert in molecular biology and genetics, with a Double First in Natural Sciences from Queens College Cambridge and a PhD in cancer research. Emily also trained actress and now combines her skills as a science broadcaster, educator and writer.
Dr Louisa Preston is an astrobiologist based at the Birkbeck University of London and a UK Space Agency Aurora Research Fellow. Louisa’s research has taken her to some of the world’s harshest environments, to outline the possibility for extraterrestrial life forms and habitats to exist on Earth.
Louisa has often appeared as a guest speaker on radio and television to examine the power of science communication and the search for extraterrestrial life. In 2013, Louisa, was a speaker at the TED Conference to further discuss the possibility of life on Mars.
Dr Suzie Imber is an Associate Professor of Planetary Science at the University of Leicester. She specialises in studying space weather: understanding the impact of the solar wind on the magnetised planets, in particular the Earth and Mercury.
Suzie is a Co-Investigator on the X-ray spectrometer on board the joint ESA/JAXA BepiColombo spacecraft, which launched in October 2018 and will arrive at Mercury in 2025.
Konnie Huq is one of Britain’s most loved presenters. She was Blue Peter’s longest-serving female presenter from 1997-2008. During her time on Blue Peter, Konnie presented a number of science-filled segments, from technology, climate change, to economics so she’s a great choice for encouraging children to get creative and inspired in STEM.
But today Konnie’s interests have taken her on a more sustainable route, working on educational material such as this article for BBC Bitesize about how we can care for the planet at home.
Konnie is married to TV writer and comedian Charlie Brooker.
Online influencer Maddie Moate started her career as a presenter hosting the tech-show LadyGeek TV, a comedy web series for women about apps and online security. From here she was approached by O2 to host O2 Guru TV and went on to create the online content for Channel 4’s “Home of the Future”.
Maddie hosted the hit CBeebies series Do You Know? which sees her explore the workings of everyday objects by asking how they are made or work, all made possible with special cameras and animations. And in 2017, Maddie triumphed in the presenter category at the BAFTA Children’s Awards.
Maddie now regularly works with various technology giants, including Dixons Carphone, Samsung and Intel, and can often be seen hosting segments on Spring Watch and This Morning.
Rachel Riley first appeared on Channel 4’s Countdown in 2009, taking over as the numbers expert from Carol Vorderman. In 2012, she began co-presenting their comedy spin-off show 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown with Jimmy Carr.
Off-camera, Rachel makes frequent school visits and has been involved in a number of national numeracy initiatives to help promote math and science to children. Her professionalism, intellect and versatility make her ideal for a variety of corporate events.
Fran Scott is 3 times BAFTA nominated, listed in The Progress 100: London’s most influential people and has been nominated for an International Emmy – but it’s the reason behind why she does all these things that makes her such a passionate and interesting STEM speaker.
Fran is not only an advocate of an excellent end-product, but she also works hard on improving access and the visibility of underrepresented groups, particularly women. Driven by the lack of positive female STEM-based role-models on children’s TV, Fran set about to change that…
Sue Black is a Professor of Computer Science and Technology Evangelist at Durham University. A successful social media campaigner, Sue headed up the campaign to save Bletchley Park and is an expert in leadership and the equality challenges faced by the tech industry.
Today, Sue is seen as one of the most influential women in tech; a champion for women in computing, she founded BCSWomen the UK’s first online network for women in tech, and #techmums, a social enterprise which empowers mums and their families through technology.