WiSET+ were proud to organise a lecture to celebrate Ada Lovelace Day (yearly held on the 2nd Tuesday of October). This day, which is celebrated internationally, aims to increase the profile of women in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) by recognising the achievements of women in STEM, and in doing so creating new role models to encourage more girls into STEM careers.
Our lecture “Out of the Frying Pan and onto the Firing Range,” was held on 10th October 2018 with an external guest speaker Rachel van Besouw from the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl), Porton Down.
Rachel is a Senior Human Factors Research Scientist specialising in the noise health risk assessment of military platforms. Before joining Dstl, Rachel worked as a Lecturer in the Institute of Sound and Vibration Research, University of Southampton. In her talk, Rachel discussed the factors which led her reconsider being a lifelong academic and motivated her to change career, and her experience of the transition.