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This event will showcase and celebrate intersectional women in STEM. We are pleased to be joined by three speakers from diverse backgrounds, across different job families and career stages:

Our speakers

Professor Faith Osier

Professor Osier trained as a paediatrician in Kenya, specialized in immunology in Liverpool, and obtained a PhD from the Open University in the UK. She is the Executive Director of the IAVI Human Immunology Laboratory (HIL) at Imperial College London. IAVI aims to translate scientific discoveries into affordable, globally accessible public health solutions. The current project portfolio includes HIV/AIDS, Lassa, Ebola, Tuberculosis and Malaria. She previously led two cross-continental research teams in Kenya and Germany with a vision to “Make Malaria History” through vaccination. Her work focused on vaccine candidate discovery, the identification of correlates of protection and the mechanisms that underpin protective immunity. She also aims to inspire and support the next generation of African scientists to provide the solutions that the continent urgently needs. Her work has led to international honors and prizes, including the Royal Society Pfizer Prize, the Sofja Kovalevskaja Award, and an UKRI African Research Leader Award. She is a TED Fellow, an EDCTP Senior Fellow and an official #TOGETHERBAND Ambassador for the United Nations Global Goal 3. Faith is the current President of the International Union of Immunological Societies (IUIS).

Nell Pates

Nell Pates is a mature student on the undergraduate Biological Sciences course, due to graduate in 2023. She completed her first degree in English in 2010, then commissioned as an officer in the British Army. She served 5 years as a military teacher, then worked as a freelance training consultant until 2020 when she decided to retrain and apply to Imperial.

Ji Young Yoon

Ji Young Yoon is a mechanical workshop technician in the Department of Bioengineering and is currently studying an MSc in Engineering Management at the University of Leeds. After completing her education in South Korea and undergraduate degree in the United States of America, Ji worked in the private sector before joining Imperial to provide mechanical engineering consultancy, design and manufacturing services whilst supporting research and teaching for undergraduates and postgraduates.


The event is scheduled to start at 12:30 and will follow the itinerary below:

  • 12.30-12.40: Arrival and introduction by Chair of the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Committee (Dr Josh Hodge).
  • 12.40-13.00: Talk by Ji Young Yoon
  • 13.00-13.20: Talk by Nell Pates
  • 13.20-13.50: Talk by Professor Faith Osier
  • 13.50-14.00: Thanks and closing remarks by Dr Josh Hodge


Register via Eventbrite here – all welcome – we look forward to seeing you there!

This is an online event hosted via MS Teams. Attendees will be sent a joining link closer to the time of the event.

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