IOM3 President Serena Best wins award celebrating women in science

25 Mar 2019

On 8 March 2019, alongside celebrating International Women’s Day, IOM3 President Serena Best CBE FREng CEng FIMMM was presented with a Suffrage Science Award for her scientific achievements.

The Suffrage Science Awards recognise researchers across a range of different disciplines, spanning medicine and life sciences, mathematics and computing through to engineering and physical sciences. Pieces of handmade jewellery, which are inspired by the suffrage movement, are presented to 12 leading women from around the world. The act of passing on the jewellery as heirlooms takes place every two years, and this scientific ‘relay’ creates an ever-expanding cohort of talented women with a connection, encouraging everyone to reach senior leadership roles.

Former winner Professor Cathy Holt, Professor of Biomechanics and Orthopaedic Engineering in the School of Engineering, University of Cardiff, nominated Serena for an award. The item of jewellery that she passed on at the awards ceremony in March is a brooch made by designer Diana Dong, which the designer says is inspired by ‘the strength, belief and courage that exist deep within each woman’s heart’.

Serena said ‘I am deeply honoured to have received the award and would like to thank Cathy very much for having nominated me. This is truly unique scheme, which gives the opportunity for women to recognise other women for their contributions. I plan to ensure that I carry through the sentiments of the award and this aligns very well with the plans during my Presidency of IOM3, to encourage even greater equality and diversity in our science and engineering community’.

The Suffrage Science Awards began with a focus on women in the life sciences. In 2013, Suffrage Science expanded to recognise women in the engineering and physical sciences. On 11 October 2016, a date recognised globally as Ada Lovelace Day, the scheme expanded again, recognising women in mathematics and computing.

IOM3 would like to congratulate Serena on this fantastic achievement.