Happy New Year from The Valentina Project

2014 was a great year for women in science in many ways – here’s why.

  • The leading UK organisation WISE Campaign entered its thirtieth year, hosting their annual awards ceremony for women in science and engineering whilst expanding their workshops, bursaries and online resources. For students in particular, WISE hosted the first annual WISE Student Colloquium and reviewed their membership so that students can now join for free.
  • The historic Women’s Engineering Society pioneered the first annual National Women’s Engineering Day on the 23rd June. This day brought together accessible events all over the country, from school visits for girls to professional development courses. A thriving success, planning for 2015 is already underway and participants are invited to contribute their own activity for the summer.
  • ScienceGrrl made the news with their catchy music video She Blinded Me With Science, ran prolific events throughout the year, and kicked off new regional chapters in Sheffield and Swansea. The team of dedicated volunteers have remained active in the political sphere, publishing their important report on female representation in STEM in the spring.

Like the streams that feed the river, these organisations are driving an ever-growing movement to include women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics on an equal footing, and we are thrilled to have been a small part of that important process.

And although we wish we could have fit much more into the blog during this year-long project, we absolutely loved running The Valentina Project across 2014 to celebrate the wonderful women who have made a difference. It’s no secret that role models for young women are sometimes lacking, and we hope that we’ve gone some way to provide a free online resource that demonstrates the amazing achievements that women can and do contribute to the sciences.

As for the future, we have renewed the domain and will keep updating TVP where possible, so do check back and spread the word. Find us on Twitter at @TVPyear, and we invite you to contact us for any corrections, queries, or guest posts.

A sincere thank you to all of our wonderful supporters – here’s to keeping the conversation going in 2015.

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