-Meeting Maggie Aderin-Pocock, who launched the U.K. portion of "She is an Astronomer" at the conference. We profiled her in Science Careers last week.
-Hearing Wendy Schultz talk about her work as a futurist. I'm so glad the world has people like her to think about about change on a global level. (Hear her plenary talk and see her workshop materials.)
-Appreciating BBC journalist Maggie Philbin's contributions to the discussion and her excellent job as meeting moderator (hey, it's a true skill to move discussion forward and keep everyone on schedule).
-Talking to so many fabulous women scientists, including Rhian Chapman, a recent engineering graduate who's now at Selex Galileo -- who later spoke with us for an article on careers in the defense industry.
If reading a brief conference summary is still too much, how about Tweets? I did my first experiment with Twitter from this conference, and the highlights are below. (We now have an official Science Careers Twitter feed, @mysciencecareer.)
>Lord Drayson: Children should be learning about more modern science heroines.
>Silvia Walby: women have moved out of the home so now the whole world can exploit them.
>Susie Uppal: Why is it that something as wonderful as having children can have such a negative effect on women's careers?
>Annette Williams: gender equality doesn't require 50/50 representation, it requires equal choices and equal opportunities
>UKRC statistics: percent of SET employees who are women now: 18.5%. In 2030: 20.9%. Good? Not so good? (SET=science, engineering, tech)
>Helen Walker: "Most female astronomers marry male astronomers. Must be those long nights."
>Royal Society of Chemistry: intention of staying in research halves among women between beginning and end of chemistry PhDs.
>"at times of war, turmoil favors the bold woman."
>Quick poll taken here: does working from home improve work-life balance? 83.9% say yes. Agree?
>That's all from Tomorrow's Women, Tomorrow's World. Check out women in SET blog here: http://tinyurl.com/6jmfup. KT in London, over and out!
All the workshop materials for Tomorrow's Women, Tomorrow's World are collected here. Enjoy!