Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Women of the Future 2015 Nominations now open

The Women of the Future Awards are the platform for successful young women in Britain. Now in their tenth year, the awards continue to unearth and recognise the inspirational stars of tomorrow across diverse sectors. I was honoured to win the Science category of this award in 2014, and I am keen to encourage more engagement with the awards from women in STEM. Please feel free to contact me directly (karen.masters@port.ac.uk) if you have any questions/concerns about what these awards are all about. 

I personally view participation with this organisation as a great way to engage in outreach about STEM subjects with women in general. The low numbers of women in science means that we are often in a minority in a group of scientists, but also within a group of women. The young people who attend events organised via the Women of the Future: Ambassadors Programme (at which Award winners and shortlisted candidates are invited) are not seeking out discussion of STEM subjects as careers specifically, so this can be a great way to get outside the group of already engaged. And the Women of the Future Network provides the opportunity to network with successful professional women in the UK across all sectors (which is inspiring and interesting, as well as potentially useful). 

The Awards are open to all women aged 35 or under (candidates must be aged 35 or under on December 31, 2015) living or working in the United Kingdom (Mentor of the Year and Young Star Awards have different eligibility, see below). 

Award Categories which I think would of Interest to Women in STEM: 

Technology and Digital
This category recognises talented, ground-breaking young women from the worlds of digital and technology.

This category recognises a group of truly remarkable young female scientists, forging new ground in research and scientific achievement. Within this category, WoF are also seeking nominees with a career in the sciences who can demonstrate a track record of academic excellence in the field of science; and are showing signs of success in pushing through scientific developments to commercial application.

Mentor of the Year
This award, recognises active mentors behind the success of younger women in British life. Many successful women pay tribute to role models and supporters who have enabled them to flourish in business, professional life, science or whatever their chosen field. This award pays tribute to some of the most influential and unsung heroes and heroines in British life.
The award is open to men and women of all ages.

Young Star
This award acknowledges high achievers aged 16-21. It is for teenage girls showing exceptional promise within their industry, university or school.

Entry deadline September 4th 2015
Judging Day (central London): September 25th 2015
Awards Night (London Hilton on Park Lane): 27th October 2015

There are two ways to nominate (self nominations are welcome): 
1. Complete the application form (https://womenofthefuture.wufoo.eu/forms/women-of-the-future-2015-nomination-form/) - self nominations are welcomed.
2. Email candidate suggestions to info@womenofthefuture.co.uk (they will then be contacted and invited to fill in the application form). 

For more details: http://awards.womenofthefuture.co.uk, or contact me at karen.masters@port.ac.uk. 

Please pass this message on to any Women in STEM groups you are part of.