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Claudia Parsons lecture

10 Mar 2017

How to Build a Scientist – Claudia Parsons Memorial Lecture 2017

The annual Claudia Parsons Lecture for 2017 will be given by Dr Emily Grossman on 13 March.

Dr Grossman is an expert in molecular biology and genetics as well as a broadcaster with regular appearances as a presenter and guest reporter on the BBC, Sky News and ITV.

The ‘How to Build a Scientist’ lecture discusses her life as a scientist, actress and science broadcaster.

She will share her experiences as a woman in science and explore the value of emotions in science. Emily will also discuss exciting advances in the field of stem cells and regenerative medicine and asks whether one day we’ll be able to rebuild a human.

The Claudia Parsons Memorial Lecture series is part of the Athena SWAN initiative, a national gender equality programme that recognises the need to support the careers of women in STEM subjects.

Claudia Parsons was a student at Loughborough College from 1919-1922, 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, commented: “We named our lecture series in memory of Claudia Parsons because she 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 Emily’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 West Park Teaching Hub, WPT.0.02 at 6pm on 13 March.

Booking is essential, please register your attendance here.