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RisingWISE is an established Oxbridge network inspired by EnterpriseWISE: designed by women, for women and delivered entirely by women.

RisingWISE 2018-19 Promotional Video

RisingWISE explicitly draws on the wealth of expertise in both Oxford and Cambridge, creating a unique space where Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) can come together to take part in an innovative, collaborative programme. Working closely with industry partners to build mutual relationships, RisingWISE aims to benefit STEM researcher women from both institutions and industry. 

RisingWISE aims to foster long-term relationships between enterprising early-career researchers and women working in industry, to encourage more women to build careers across the science and technology sector. The programme is carefully designed to ensure women leave feeling equipped to self-actualise through practical workshops and facilitated small group working. They also become more connected to other researchers and to industry through knowledge exchange, with a growing network of supporters, mentors and peers at their disposal to help each participant reach their full potential in male dominated STEM subjects. Feedback has been consistently high - with 100% of attendees saying they would recommend participating to a friend or colleague, and an overall rating of 9.5/10 for the whole experience. Please see the quotes section below for further testimonials. 

This programme is open to women in STEM from the University of Oxford and the University of Cambridge, and women from industry partners who have been invited to apply. Applications for the 2020/21 programme will be open in the near future. 

For now, please save the dates (below) and add to your diaries. 

We are aware that weekend participation could be difficult for those with caring responsibilities. As such (and although the programme is run on a limited budget), we would welcome discussions as to how we can support families and help facilitate your attendance on the programme – please contact us for more information on

Testimonials from previous participants (2018/19 and 2019/20)

It's very empowering to have a programme directed by women for women. It was a real confidence booster and has contributed to enhance my skills and provide me with new perspectives. I cannot recommended it highly enough. (Martine Abboud, Oxford, who was also named in the 2019 Forbes Europe '30 under 30' list)

It was a privilege to participate in this gathering of amazing and intelligent women and to be taught by world female experts in communication, entrepreneurship and mindfulness. It was a very inspirational experience that help us not only to grow as entrepreneurs but also to grow in all the other areas of our life. (Meritxell Nus Chimeno, Cambridge) 

RisingWISE has been a great opportunity for me. Not only professionally but also personally. RisingWISE has enabled me to connect with others who are interested in the same area of research. As such, two of us have put forward a small grant proposal (to Cambridge-Africa) that got awarded last week. Without RisingWISE that would not have been possible. (Katharina Kessler, Cambridge)

Thank you again for organising a fantastic programme. I honestly think this is the best training I've been a part of and it will stay with me for a long time. (Christina Potter, Oxford)

Thank you so much for the most incredible, and genuinely life-changing series of weekends. It is by far the best thing I have ever done for my career and myself.... I have already raved about Rising WISE to every junior colleague and woman I know, so I would love to see it continue. The whole event was so smoothly run and the content was incredible. (Michele Veldsman, Oxford)

‘My horizons are so much wider; I do now believe that the impact I can have is so much greater than ever before. I am more confident in networking and in environments that are heavily male. I also feel like I have this group of women who have my back that I can reach out to if I've got a work related problem or issue and there won't be any judgement, especially in a male dominated work place this is so important.'

‘I've regained a lot of hope for the future. I've realised that the main difference between entrepreneurs and "normal people" is that entrepreneurs act on their ideas while "normal" people don't. I'm promising myself I'm going to act on my ideas from now on. I'm 40, and thought I knew myself pretty well, but I have learnt so much more about myself.’


Over three workshop weekends, you will be immersed in a programme that will:

  • Provide helpful tools and techniques to help you think through your chosen path
  • Expand your knowledge of industry and collaborative research & development
  • Highlight opportunities beyond academia
  • Create a forum to meet women who are working within industry and academia
  • Develop your networking, mentoring and leadership skills

The weekends cover four broad themes:

- Personal awareness and creativity - who am I and what are my values?
- Creating change and becoming a high impact collaborator
- Building my network, resources and toolkit
- Celebrating success and developing my strategy/next steps


6th-8th November 2020 - Weekend 1 in Cambridge

4-5th December 2020 - Weekend 2 in Oxford

23-24th January 2021 - Weekend 3 in Oxford


RisingWISE is tailored specifically for early career researchers (in exceptional circumstances, PhD researchers will be accepted as well) who identify as women or non-binary and are working in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

*The MPLS Division: departments of Chemistry, Computer Science, Earth Sciences, Engineering Science, Materials, Physics, Plant Sciences, Statistics, Zoology, Begbroke Science Park, the Mathematical Institute and the e-Research Centre. 


Once you have been offered a place on the programme, you will be asked to confirm by payment of a £50 deposit.


If you have any questions about the RisingWISE programme, or to express your interest in joining future workshops, please email: