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Women in STEMM: Mind the Gap - a leap towards equality

King's Building, Strand Campus, London

26FebWISS 2024 - Event on KCL Webpage - Many Faces - 780 x 440

King's is holding the first Women in STEMM Season - a month-long celebration of women in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine.

Join our flagship event which explores how an inclusive research culture can support women in STEMM to flourish in their careers, whilst highlighting the challenges we need to overcome.

Senior Vice President (Academic), Professor Rachel Mills shares her thoughts followed by a panel of researchers and PhD students from across the Faculty of Natural, Mathematical & Engineering Sciences (NMES) and the Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine (FoLSM).

Guest speaker: Professor Rachel Mills, Senior Vice President (Academic) at King's College London

Chair: Dr Manasi Nandi, Reader in Integrative Pharmacology


  • Professor Rachel Bearon, Executive Dean of the Faculty of NMES
  • Professor Rachel Tribe, Vice Dean (Research & Impact) of the Faculty of FoLSM
  • Samriddhi Sehgal, President of KCL Womxn in STEMM society
  • Tiarna Lee, PhD student at the School of Biomedical Engineering & Imagine Sciences

Keynote: A leap towards equality in research culture

As the research culture at King's and beyond continues to evolve, we encounter diverse challenges that demand ongoing solutions. This talk provides a personal perspective and delves into what King’s is doing to address the challenges women face as well as highlighting the areas we need to focus on to create the conditions for all members of our community to thrive.

The talk will be followed by a panel discussion with the audience – where you will get the chance to ask questions and share your ideas on these issues.

Join us to explore and contribute to the changes we are making as we create a more inclusive and equitable research landscape.

Rachel Mills 500 W

Speaker bio:

Rachel is an oceanographer with extensive leadership experience both in the laboratory, on ocean expeditions and including a range of leadership roles at the Universities of Sussex and Southampton. She sponsors the Kings Interdisciplinary Science Programme, the Campus Futures Programme and King’s Climate & Sustainability; driving new interdisciplinary science initiatives, new ways of working across our estate and our climate action response through research, education, and operations.

Rachel champions sustainability, career development for researchers, and increased STEMM access for underrepresented groups. She passionately advocates for mentorship's transformative power.

About Women in STEMM Season

King's Women in STEMM Season marks a period from the UN’s International Day of Women and Girls in Science on 11th February to International Women’s Day on 8th March.

Through a series of inspirational talks and panel discussions with a wide variety of speakers, the season aims to celebrate women and anyone who identifies as a woman working in STEMM. We will highlight the issues faced by women in STEMM that reduce representation, including in positions of leadership and power, emphasising the importance of gender equality across the sciences and the need for an intersectional approach.

This season will bring together staff and students from across King's to share ideas for how we break down the barriers faced by women in STEMM, sparking new conversations and actions for building a culture at King’s that benefits all members of the community.

At this event

Rachel Mills

Senior Vice President (Academic)

Professor Rachel Bearon

Executive Dean of the Faculty of Natural, Mathematical & Engineering Sciences (NMES)


Vice Dean (Research & Impact)


Reader, Integrative Pharmacology

Tiarna Lee

PhD Student

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