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BBC presenter and physicist talks bubbles, the ocean and women working in STEM
May 2016

Dr Helen Czerski, physicist and oceanographer, is set to present a guest lecture on 11 May as part of Loughborough University’s Claudia Parsons lecture series.

The series is aimed at raising the profile of women working in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM), as part of the national Athena SWAN initiative.

Dr Czerski will present The Bubble: Good in the ocean and bad in the workforce, which will explore her own path in science and her love of the ocean.

Passionate about real women working in science, Dr Czerski’s research focuses on the optics and acoustics of ocean bubbles and the influence of ocean bubbles on the atmosphere.

Helen, a familiar face from BBC science programmes, comments: “We're surrounded by fascinating science all the time, but we don't notice most of it.

“A scientific career is a path full of adventures, ideas and exploration. Its greatest strength is probably the same as its greatest weakness: it’s a journey taken by and with human beings. Human culture hasn’t always given everyone the same opportunities on that journey, but science has reinvention built into its core, so there is good cause for optimism.

“This lecture will discuss how a modernisation of our scientific system will benefit everyone, not just women, and explore why we should all think about bubbles more.”

The series of lectures are part of the Athena SWAN initiative, a national programme that recognises the need to support the careers of women in STEM subjects.

Claudia Parsons was a student at Loughborough College from 1919-22, and was one of the first women to receive a diploma in Automobile Engineering. She became the first woman to circumnavigate the world by car and wrote about her experience in a number of influential travel books.

Chair of Loughborough’s Athena SWAN self-assessment team, Professor Steve Rothberg, adds: “We named our lecture series in memory of Claudia Parsons who was a Loughborough student from 1919-22 one of the first women to receive a Diploma in Automobile Engineering. Claudia understood what a student experience was all about. She went on to become the first woman to circumnavigate the world by car and was an inspiration. Through Helen’s lecture, we hope to inspire everybody, women and men, with an interest in or a responsibility for careers in the scientific workforce.”

The open lecture will take place in the University’s Edward Herbert Building, J.1.04 at 5.30pm.

Booking is essential, please register your attendance here.

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