WIM seminar success in Birmingham
The IOM3 Women in Materials group held a successful seminar on mentoring and career development in Birmingham on 29 March.
Chaired by Mary Taylor, Postdoctoral Researcher at the School of Metallurgy and Materials, Birmingham, the event included presentations on the personal experiences of IOM3 women members in academia and in industry. Sarah Boad of IOM3 gave an introduction to mentoring and professional qualifications. Academic mentoring and coaching was covered by Vincent O'Grady of the University of Birmingham, and Dawn Bonfield gave a presentation on MentorSet and the Women's Engineering Society. Diane Aston of the IOM3 Schools Affiliate Scheme (SAS) presented a session on outreach to schools and encouraged everyone to get involved in promoting materials in their local schools as part of SAS activities.
Attendees (pictured above) included a large proportion of young women starting out on their careers in the materials sector who are keen to find sources of guidance and advice as their careers develop. Lively networking took place in the tea break and after the event.
WIM is grateful to Alison Davenport and the School of Metallurgy and Materials, Birmingham University, for sponsoring the event, and to Mary Taylor and Artemis Stamboulis for their help with the arrangements.