Women in STEM Plymouth (WISP) is a local voluntary organisation which has lots of opportunities for students, irrespective of your gender or your familiarity with the STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and maths).

The group aims to increase the number of women in STEM roles within the Plymouth travel-to-work area by providing three key things: promotion, for women working in these disciplines; support, in the form of a network of like-minded contacts; and inspiration, for those seeking to start work in STEM or change trajectory.

WISP runs interesting and varied networking events throughout the year, which are free to attend and open to anyone who supports gender equality in STEM, whatever their gender or prior STEM knowledge. These events include:

“Lunch & Learns” at Plymouth Science Park – an opportunity to eat some tasty food and learn a skill, develop yourself or discuss a controversial topic (e.g. “Do I have to act like a man to succeed?”);
Networking events – at a variety of exciting STEM locations around the city, these involve tours of amazing spaces, such as the Theatre Royal’s Production Workshop TR2, and fantastic speakers on a huge range of subjects;
Social events (e.g. a tour of the Plymouth Gin distillery) with plenty of time to connect with members of the local community from a wide range of backgrounds, from teachers and recruiters to scientists and software developers.
All of these events present amazing opportunities for students to get out of the university environment and meet real people working in and around the Plymouth area – which is fantastic if you are unsure about the sort of opportunities that Britain’s Ocean City might offer you when you finish your degree.

Lorna Dallas, the Chair of WISP’s voluntary committee, said “Our events are fun and welcoming, so we are keen to see more students attend. Young people are the future of STEM, and this is a little-known opportunity for them to connect with employers in a much more informal way than at careers fairs etc. WISP events are especially valuable for students who don’t yet know what they want to do with their degree or are not sure what STEM is – why not come along and find out?”

As WISP is a voluntary organisation, they are also always looking for people who would like to help out, either by joining the committee and working to develop the group further, or by undertaking research or volunteering at events.

Jo Hollingworth, a recent graduate of the University of Birmingham who has been assisting WISP with a research project, said of working with the group, “I have loved working with Women in STEM Plymouth, it is a fantastic organisation bringing together like-minded people all set out to achieve a very important goal. The members have a variety of different backgrounds meaning there is always something new to learn from everyone’s different experiences.”

Text taken from the original article here.