Coming up next week (on the 11th to be precise) is International Day of Women and Girls in Science.
This Day is an opportunity to promote full and equal access to and participation in science for women and girls. Gender equality is a global priority for UNESCO, and the support of young girls, their education and their full ability to make their ideas heard are levers for development and peace.
Tackling some of the greatest challenges of the Agenda for Sustainable Development — from improving health to combating climate change — will rely on harnessing all talent. That means getting more women working in these fields. Diversity in research expands the pool of talented researchers, bringing in fresh perspectives, talent and creativity. This Day is a reminder that women and girls play a critical role in science and technology communities and that their participation should be strengthened.
Join the conversation with #WomenInScience !
There’s an up-to-date list of this week’s events and future conferences on our pages. Highlights that we spotted this week that we like the look of (Other than our events obviously!) are the Jean Golding Ethics can’t be a side hustle and Hack COVID-19 : Reshaping Societies! (3rd Edition, 2021-I).
Keep an eye on our jobs board as there are some seriously great purpose-driven companies looking to improve their inclusivity by reaching out to our members & candidates. We have a whole load of new jobs on there this week, so if you are currently looking for a job or considering a move feel free to mail us for a chat on email@example.com.
We’re back on Wednesday the 10th of February with the WebDev101 project and the PyLabs group. There’s a separate blog with details of what’s happening in each of the workshops.
Stuff we spotted and thought we would pass on in case you missed it
Virgin debuted a rendering of its “Hyperloop” system, the high-speed tube system that should eventually travel at speeds of over 700 mph. (btw we are friends with at least one of the Safety team working on this .. its fine)
There are plenty of fish in the sea, but there’s only one robotic school. Harvard researchers created a robotic school of fish that can coordinate their movements without any kind of controls from the researchers.
The Kalk AP is a solar-powered motorbike to catch poachers in remote areas. It’s quieter than a gas-guzzling motorbike, so poachers won’t hear it coming. Not too relevant but we’re not a fan of poachers so thought it worth a share!
MIT Technology Review:
Novovax says its vaccine was found to be 89% effective in its latest trials—but was only 50% effective against the South African variant.
A trial in Atlanta explored ways to spread more reliable information about the pandemic. Could similar methods work for other divisive topics?
How a team of spies in Mexico got their hands on Russia’s space secrets—and tried to change the course of the Cold War.
BBC Tech News:
There has been a lot of interest in the stock market this week after investors from the Reddit message board managed to give shares in GameStop a huge boost.
Here’s a look back at the story so far, with an explanation of stocks, short-selling and what has been happening with GameStop.
One in six households is struggling to afford broadband during the current UK lockdowns, according to a survey by Citizens Advice.
The charity warned that the poorest people were effectively being “locked out” of access to key services.
A curved concrete box weighing more than the Eiffel Tower has been pushed under a railway line to form a new tunnel, in a “UK first” for engineering.
We’ve not spotted any this week ….
This Week’s happenings have moved to our Events page
As a suggestion from one of our lovely members (Thanks Gabs #1!), we have also set up a “buymeacoffee” page for those wanting to give us a small thank-you. Check it out here.
Women’s Tech Hub products
Candidates page advertises the skillsets of the women we have looking for roles in the area (and some of our male allies).
Jobs Board for those wanting to advertise specifically to our members in the area – check it out here.
Engage with our members, advertise your companies and share any jobs then you can support us by sponsoring the Workshop Wednesdays – details here.