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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 the successful 'Women in STEM Networking' event run for the past 3 years. After discussions with societies and the MPLS ED&I team, it was felt that a new event would better reflect the changing objectives of the societies involved and offer more diversity in scope for representation and audience.

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: Wednesday 3 May; 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!

Confirmed Panellists:

  • Professor Sonia Contera, Dept. of Physics, Condensed Matter


Interested in speaking for the lightning presentations? Scroll down for further information!


  • OxWoCS (Oxford Women in Computer Science)
  • Women in Engineering
  • Oxford University Engineering Society
  • Oxford Physics Gender Equity Network (OPGEN)
  • Mirzakhani Society (Maths)
  • FemTech


Oxford Women in Computer Science logo Oxford Women in Engineering logo Mirzakhani Society logo
Oxford Physics Gender Equity Network (OPGEN) logo FemTech logo Oxford University Engineering Society logo


Women researchers at a networking event© John Cairns

lightning speakers 2023!

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, and we will help to answer any specific questions. 

Women researchers at a networking event© John Cairns