Women at ImperilWomen@Imperial is an annual event that takes place around International Women’s Day (8 March). Over the course of a week we celebrate female staff and students at Imperial, past and present, and raise awareness of the support available in College for women. #imperialwomen

Find out what's going on this year to celebrate Women@Imperial 2019, as well as other events before and after the main week.

Thursday 21 February

Women's Career Networking

Network of photos and lines on a wall17:45-20:30, Senior Common Room, Sherfield Building, South Kensington campus

Organised by the Careers Service, this event is open to all female students, postdocs and early alumni (within 3 years of graduation). This is your chance to network with successful women from a wide range of organisations and industries. This is a speed networking event where you'll be part of a small group who rotate every few minutes. This will be followed by a more informal networking session with refreshments. 


Wednesday 27 February

Transforming academia through crowdsourcing and gritty determination, Kelly Ramirez-Donders

Logo with a purple flower and text reads 500 women scientists15:00-16:00, Clore Lecture Theatre, Huxley Building, South Kensington campus

This talk is hosted by Imperial's Women in Physics Group. Kelly Ramirez-Donders is a soil microbial ecologist, based at the Netherlands Institute of Ecology. She is one of the founders of the global grassroots non-profit organization 500 Women Scientists, whose mission is to serve society by making science open, inclusive, and accessible. 

School of Public Health Athena Lecture, Professor Tom Welton

Photo of gold Athena SWAN cake16:00-17:00, Rothschild Lecture Theatre, Medical School Building, St Mary’s Campus

The School of Public Health welcomes Professor Tom Welton, Dean of the Faculty of Natural Sciences, to talk on 'Going for Gold - Just the Beginning'. Tom will discuss the work done by the Chemistry department on valuing diversity and enabling all members to reach their full potential, regardless of who they are. He will ask the audience to be actively involved in the discussion, to bring their own experiences and ideas and to steer the conversation into the areas that are most important to them.


Monday 4 March

Building a Powerful Presence training workshop

A woman holding arms up silhouetted with the sun behind her12:00-16:00, Room 3, Wolfson Education Centre, Hammersmith campus

This workshop, from Imperial's Learning & Development Centre, focuses builds on the fundamentals of communication, body language and voice using actor training techniques for an innovative approach. Participants will leave the workshop with a tool-kit of proven techniques and some personalised feedback.

Women in STEMM Wikithon

Wikipedia logo - round globe of puzzle pieces14:00-16:30, Training Room 1, College Library, South Kensington campus

Help celebrate some of the brilliant women who deserve a more prominent place in the historical record. You will find out about inspirational scientists, technologists, engineers and mathematicians, then develop your digital skills and learn how to edit Wikipedia in order to harness the power of the web to share your knowledge. Complete beginners and experienced editors are both welcome - we'll provide training for anyone new to editing Wikipedia.


Tuesday 5 March

Network Taster Session - Connecting Differently

Abstract image of figures in circles connected by lines12:45-14:15, Council Room, 170 Queens Gate, South Kensington campus

Join us for an hour to learn practical tools for connecting in a way that works with who you are, not against you, and with people who probably know how you feel. It might be unexpectedly funny, you will certainly learn about yourself and how you connect at your best, and perhaps you will expand your network with some interesting people.

Positive discrimination & women in the workplace

Thought bubble which reads IWD Panel Discussion18:30-20:00, South Kensington campus

Imperial's Women in SET student society is hosting a discussion panel for this year's International Women's Day. The discussion topics include positive discrimination, challenges of women in male-dominated environment, and how to change people’s minds about women in society. There will be plenty of time for questions and networking afterwards, alongside pizzas and other snacks and refreshments.  


Wednesday 6 March

Building Confidence training workshop

Piece of paper which says I can09:30-11:00 or 15:00-16:30, SALC 7, Level 5, Sherfield Building, South Kensington campus

This is a short session, run by Imperial's Learning and Development Centre, designed to enable you to explore what confidence is and what it means to you. Explore how you can build your confidence through addressing imposter syndrome, your social confidence and personal limiting beliefs. 


Thursday 7 March

Speeding up gender equality in higher education, Alice Chilver

Photo of a badge which says 'If not now, WHEN'12:30-13:30, Lecture Theatre G34, Sir Alexander Fleming Building, South Kensington campus

Alice Chilver is the Founder and Chief Executive at WHEN, Women’s Higher Education Network, and Director of Organisational Development at UCL. In this talk, Alice will discuss effective strategies for promoting gender equality in higher education and will share the story of establishing the Astrea network for women in professional services at UCL. 

Imperial Lates: Wonder Women

Text reads Wonder Women with images in a circle around the text of test tubes, double helix, and other scientific images18:00-21:00, Main Entrance, South Kensington campus

Discuss, debate, create and explore at our next Imperial Lates evening of discovery, to mark International Women’s Week. From cancer crushers to Everest conquerors and climate warriors to concert pianists, inspirational women everywhere are pushing the boundaries higher, further, faster and challenging what it means to be a woman in the modern world.

Spring social, alumni Imperial Women Network

Photo of the alumni Imperial Women Network18:00-21:00, Stein's Berlin, 51 Princes Gate

This informal drinks event offers the chance to meet the Network committee members as well as network with other Imperial alumni and guests.  The Network welcomes alumni from Imperial College London and the Business School, and friends interested in advancing women’s leadership in business.

WE Innovate 2019 Final

Text reads We Innovate, Accelerating Female-Led startups on stylised yellow background18:20-21:00, Lecture Theatre 200, City & Guilds Building, South Kensington Campus

WE Innovate is Imperial’s flagship female entrepreneurship education programme designed to support the next generation of women entrepreneurs to accelerate their startups. Join us for the WE Innovate Final showcase event where the five programme finalists pitch their idea to win part of the £30k prize fund!


Friday 8 March

Myth-busting the military: what academia could learn, Nadia Soliman

Camouflage pattern of green and black12:30-13:30, Lecture Theatre G34, Sir Alexander Fleming Building, South Kensington campus

For the 2019 Department of Life Sciences International Women's Day Lecture, Nadia Soliman (Faculty of Medicine), will compare her experiences in the British Army and her time as a young academic. Nadia will discuss the myth that women don’t have success in the military and the myth that military training has little relation to academia. She will focus particularly on how the army and academia prepare people for leadership. 

Suffrage Science Awards 2019, Engineering and Physical Sciences

Photo of Suffrage Science pendant and brooch18:30, Royal Society, 6-9 Carlton House Terrace, SW1Y 5AG

Run by the Medical Research Council’s London Institute of Medical Sciences, Suffrage Science is a network of over 100 female scientists and engineers who have been recognised by their peers through the scheme since its inception in 2011. The scheme has three strands: Life Sciences, Engineering and Physical Sciences, and Maths and Computing. At the awards the 2017 Suffrage Science award holders will pass on their awards to their nominees for their two-year term.

Events from previous years

Various events for Women@Imperial Week have taken place since it was established in 2015. These have ranged from internal training courses and networking events, to lectures and talks from speakers such as Dame Louise Morrissey (founder of the 30% Club) and Dr Fiona Godlee (Editor in Chief of the British Medical Journal). You can watch a few talks from previous years further down this page.

The photography exhibition which started with the Week in 2015 has developed each year, celebrating the work of female staff and students at Imperial. You can see some of the photos and learn about the women highlighted on this website. 

Professor Londa Schiebinger, Stanford University, talks about how to integrate gender analysis into research.

Gendered Innovations in STEM

Professor Londa Schiebinge, University of Stanford

For Women@Imperial Week 2018, Professor Londa Schiebinge discussed the importance of integrating gender analysis to achieve excellence in science and technology research.

More information Professor Schiebinge and her work can be found on the Gendered Innovations website.

Panel discussion on how women can get to the top

Struggles, Strategies and Secrets of Success

Rachel Higham (MD CIO from BT group), Alison Atkinson (Director Capital Projects from AWE), Nupur Singh Mallick (HR Director from TCS UK) and chaired by Anjana Ahuja (freelance science journalist)

This panel discussion for Women@Imperial Week 2016 explored the difficulties still faced by women in the workplace and the challenges employers face in overcoming these difficulties.