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An event run by societies that provides a speaker platform and careers fair for women and other minority groups studying and working in STEM at the University of Oxford.


Why GenSTEM?

This event is for both ‘women in…’ and any other minority groups or societies studying and working in STEM. GenSTEM has evolved out of a desire to better reflect the changing objectives of the societies involved and to offer more diversity in scope for representation and audience.

GENSTEM IS RUN ON BEHALF OF a collaboration between the following mpls societies:

  • OxWoCS (Oxford Womxn in Computer Science)
  • Women in Engineering
  • OxWEST (Oxford Women in Engineering, Science and Technology)
  • Oxford University Engineering Society
  • Oxford Physics Gender Equity Network (OPGEN)
  • Mirzakhani Society (Maths)
  • Oxford Women in Chemistry 
  • Women in Statistics
  • Oxford Biology Society
  • Mathematrix

Speaker platforms will be held for those in minority groups. Men and other groups/societies are all cordially invited to attend as allies and audience.

The event will combine a platform for those in minority groups to showcase their research and to hear from a panel debating the key issues facing minority groups. There is also the opportunity to meet societies and external organisations hosting stands. 

One of the biggest strengths of this event will be to bring together groups within MPLS across departments to be part of something wider with a greater sense of community, shared challenges and issues. Join in and help us to create a more vibrant community across STEM!

If you can identify with these objectives and feel it is relevant for you, then you and your society are very welcome!

when, where, how?


When: thursday 29 february; 17.30-20.00 

Venue:  OERC (Oxford e-Research Centre), 7 Keble Rd, Oxford OX1 3QG


  • Panel discussion on gender equity in STEM with MPLS representatives;
  • Lightning presentations by researchers from minority groups;
  • Career and society stands to browse and make new connections;
  • Practice and develop your networking skills;
  • Enjoy provided refreshments!

Panel title: 

Challenges, progress and opportunities for an equitable future in academia, industry and beyond

Confirmed Panellists:

  • Daisy Hung, MPLS Head of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (Panel Chair)
  • Charlie Simms: final year PhD student and project lead on PERIODically, the period podcast, which investigates the impact of menstruation on careers in academia and education 
  • Luisa Kurth: speaking on her non-traditional journey to a PhD in STEM and building confidence as a gender minority in STEM. Luisa is interested in the effects of technologies on child development and well-being. She holds a BSc in Psychology from the University of Mannheim and has previously worked at the OECD.
  • Professor Malavika Nair: Associate Professor in Biomaterials at the Institute of Biomedical Engineering, Malavika's doctoral work was focused on the multiscale characterisation of ice, collagen, and ice-templated collagen scaffolds for tissue engineering. Malavika is now working on expanding the work on electroactive biomaterials for use in bio-stimulation, bio-sensing and drug delivery.
  • Professor Perla Maiolino: Associate Professor at the Engineering Science Department and member of Oxford Robotics Institute. Her focus has been on tactile sensing, soft sensing and soft robotics.

Interested in speaking for the lightning presentations? Scroll down for further information! CLICK HERE TO REGISTER AS A LIGHTNING SPEAKER.

OxWOCS logo Oxford Women in Engineering logo Mirzakhani Society logo
Oxford Physics Gender Equity Network (OPGEN) logo

 Women in Statistics logo

Oxford Biology Society logo
Oxford University Engineering Society logo Mathematrix Logo
OxWEST Oxford Women in Chemistry


Women researchers at a networking event© John Cairns

lightning speakers 2024!

In the past we have had fantastic contributions from across the full range of STEM departments. Topics have included:

  • Machine Learning for Planetary Health   
  • Why having a dream is more important than having a plan?  
  • Navigating your ship  in a sea of Misinformation?   
  • Superconductors and how to make them super    
  • Geometric Deep Learning for Characterisation of Cardiac Motion  
  • AI in Patient's Health and Care - at a turning point
  • How I fell in love with MRI 
  • Computing in Physics Experiments
  • Biomedical engineering applications in cancer discovery    
  • Using Optimism as a Tool to Empower People to Act for Nature   

We are now looking for inspiring researchers to speak to our attendees about their applied science /research /programmes, and the impact they have on our daily lives in the form of lightning presentations of no more than 4-minutes each. Speakers will engage with attendees for short periods of time, using nothing but props and engaging information (no PowerPoints!).

Click here to register as a lightning speaker.

Queries? Please email Louisa (she/her) or Victoria Green (she/her) at the Department of Engineering Science, and we will help to answer any specific questions. 

Women researchers at a networking event© John Cairns