International Women’s Day 2014

International Women’s Day (IWD) is a major day of global celebration for the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future.

IWD is celebrated annually on 8 March, and this year the College will be holding its flagship event to celebrate IWD on Friday 7 March under, the theme “Inspiring Change”.

This is a free event, open to all and details are:

‘Inspiring Change’
Friday 7 March 2014, 13.00–16.00
Henriette Raphael Function Room, Guy’s Campus
Register at: kingsiwd.eventbrite.co.uk

The College is delighted that Professor Paul Walton, University of York, and holder of the first ever Athena SWAN Gold award, will be delivering the keynote speech, covering his experience of leading significant organisational change, the trials and tribulations and lessons learnt.

A panel of dynamic speakers, from King’s and elsewhere, will also share their own experiences of leading inspirational change in a number of areas, and attendees will be the first to view the photographs taken at the Female Professors photo-shoot held on 24 February – the first in a series of events to capture an archive of images and stories from all 155 women professors at King’s.

To find out more about this event, and a number of other College events to celebrate IWD, please visit: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/aboutkings/governance/equality/athena/iwd.aspx

The 2014 Geneva International Contest for Graduate Students

The Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva, have recently launched an international competition for graduate students entitled “Advancing Development Goals” whose objective is to stimulate the debate about the future of the global development agenda.

The contest calls upon teams of 3 to 5 Master students from all over the world, involving at least two different disciplinary backgrounds or perspectives, to submit a proposal that creatively addresses a key challenge in international development.

The Topic:

The topic selected for the 2014 challenge is “Empowering Women for Development,” with a focus on political, social and economic inclusion. According to the 2013 MDG Report, women access to education, healthcare financial security and decision-making power in the public and private spheres remains precarious, falling below target. Women empowerment thus constitutes an essential dimension of any post-2015 agenda.

The Prize:

The winning project will receive a cash prize of 10’000 CHF. The second prize will receive 5,000 CHF and the third, 2,500 CHF. 

Submissions:

Proposals must be written in English and must not exceed 8’000 words (all included).

Students who are interested must send their entry via email by the deadline of 30 April 2014.

A jury chaired by Ambassador Jenö Staehelin and composed of high level persons will select three papers and invite the student teams to Geneva for a one-day defence of their proposal.

For further details please go to: http://graduateinstitute.ch/home/relations-publiques/the-geneva-challenge-2014.html

Towards Gender Equity in STEM Careers

Peter Luff MP, ScienceGrrl and Connect Women invite you to be part of the debate.

Date: Tuesday 16th July 2013
Time: 8.15 – 10:00 am (Formal event runs 8:30 – 9:30am with networking before and after)

ScienceGrrl www.sciencegrrl.co.uk (a network promoting and supporting women in STEM) are holding a breakfast networking event on Tuesday 16th July, 8.15am – 9.30am (with extending networking until 10am) hosted by Arup (8 Fitzroy Street, W1T 4BQ).

The event will examine obstacles faced by women and girls in STEM and will feed directly into their upcoming report ‘Towards Gender Equity in STEM Careers’. The report has been commissioned by Peter Luff, MP www.peterluff.org.uk with industry backing.

Dr Frances Saunders (President-Elect, Institute of Physics) will be delivering the Keynote Address, with the hope of a lively morning of round-table discussions to follow! A varied audience is expected including representatives from their industrial sponsors, academics & policy makers – and people at different stages of their education and careers.

For more information and to register for a place please visit the link here: http://genderequityinstem.eventbrite.co.uk/