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IET Women in STEM talks at UTC Reading

UTC Reading is working with the IET (Institute of Engineering and Technology), hosting a series of talks on Women in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics).

Talks are delivered by women in a range of careers and from a variety of backgrounds, aiming to inspire young people to see the wealth of opportunities available to them in STEM.

We are hosting one talk per month and will update this page with the schedule throughout the year. Please sign up if you wish to attend.


If you work in the computing or engineering sectors and would like to get involved, please contact

Monday 8 May, 4.15pm: Kathie Bowden, UK Space Agency and Institute of Environmental Analytics

Kathie Bowden is UK National Space Skills and Career Development Manager at the Institute for Environmental Analytics and is currently seconded part time to the Space Agency. Here she works on developing programmes to help deliver the skilled employees of the future for the Space Sector. She is involved in steering policy at a national level and also coordinates the SpIN (Space Placements in Industry) scheme. The SpIN scheme is designed to provide an introductory link for those considering employment in the space sector and space sector organisations looking to find the most talented and enthusiastic people to ensure the future success of their businesses.

This event is aimed at young people, parents and anyone interested in careers in the space sector.  

Monday 5 June, 4.15pm: Kim Cave-Ayland, Culham Centre for Fusion Energy

At the Culham Centre for Fusion Energy, engineers and physicists are working to create a safe, low-pollution power source that could change the world forever. When the team of engineers and physicists at Culham fire up their reactor, they create plasma hotter than the centre of the Sun and for a few brief moments, Culham becomes the hottest single point in the solar system. Dr Kim Cave-Ayland is an engineer working on the systems that keep plasma under control and safely in the confines of the reactor. She shall be talking about her experiences in this industry and passing on any tips she has for budding engineers!

This event is aimed at young people, parents and anyone interested in engineering careers.

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