We are a network formed with the primary purpose of increasing gender equality within science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) and their related professions and jobs.
Our aims are: to publicise the excellent achievements of women in STEM roles across the city of Plymouth and to increase female participation in STEM subjects through provision of role models and engagement with local schools, colleges and public events.
We approach this challenge in three main ways…
1. We inspire more women and girls to embark on a STEM career, by connecting them with role models and expanding their idea of what STEM is a what they are capable of.
Our Young Women into STEM careers fair, held annually in the Autumn, is the main pillar of our inspire strategy.
2. We support women in STEM roles by providing a network of like-minded individuals who they can connect with to help overcome problems and seek out advice.
Our Networking, Lunch & Learn and Social events act as a platform to connect people and build skills.
3. We promote the fantastic work of women in STEM within our local area by showcasing them and their work at events, online and via our network.
Do you work in science, technology, engineering or maths and want to share your findings, successes, or challenges? Get in touch!
How we operate
Women in STEM Plymouth hold interesting and varied networking events throughout the year, approximately once a quarter. These flagship events feature inspirational speakers, have great support from local businesses and allow our members to find out more about the fascinating STEM advances happening in our area. They are also a platform to connect with teachers, lecturers and careers advisors, providing insight on what STEM careers involve and the many different pathways to entering STEM industries.
We also arrange smaller events and social events throughout the year, have an active social media presence, and encourage our members to engage with schools and other educational establishments. As part of our inspire agenda, we also run an annual careers fair – Young Women into STEM – which aims to promote a wide variety of STEM employers in the local area and answer questions from parents and children.
The story so far
WISP was formed in 2013 when the Plymouth Manufacturers’ Group (PMG) identified ‘increasing diversity in STEM’ as a key objective to continue Plymouth’s growing manufacturing and STEM economy. Representatives from a range of local STEM employers formed the voluntary leadership committee, we had our first event in 2014, and the rest is history!