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Kathie Bowden inspires through latest IET Women in STEM talk

On Monday 8 May we were delighted to welcome Kathie Bowden, who came to UTC Reading to deliver an inspiring talk on her career in STEM (science technology, engineering and mathematics).

UTC Reading is working with the IET (Institute of Engineering and Technology), hosting a series of talks on Women in STEM. Talks are delivered monthly 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. The series is also supported by Kendrick School, Leighton Park School and Reading Girls’ School.

Kathie Bowden is from the Institute of Environmental Analytics at the University of Reading and is currently seconded to the UK Space Agency. She spoke to UTC Reading staff, students and visitors about why she decided to enter into a STEM career and how that decision has got her to where she is today.

During her talk, Kathie gave some fascinating insights into the UK space industry, which is growing rapidly with a target of employing another 100,000 people by 2030. She described the many directions you can go in within a career in space, working in areas such as physics, engineering and data analytics.

Kathie also reinforced the importance of the space industry for the UK by highlighting several every day examples such as satellite navigation, weather forecasting and telecommunications. She explained that the best route to a career in space is a degree in either physics or engineering, and she hopes there will be an increase in apprenticeship offerings in the future.

Many thanks to Kathie for such a fascinating and inspiring talk, and thank you to all who managed to attend. The next IET Women in STEM talk will be on Monday 5 June, delivered by Kim Cave-Ayland from the Culham Centre for Fusion Energy. If you would like to attend, please book your place online.

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