Sulis Minerva Day

11th May 2017 @ 9:15 am – 6:00 pm
East Building 1.1
University Of Bath
Bath BA2 7AY
+44 (0)1225 384229

Join us for a festival of inspirational research to celebrate the achievements of women in science, engineering, technology and maths.

We welcome all University staff and students, female and male, our GW4 colleagues and members of our local community interested in the fields of science, technology, engineering and maths.


Arrival and registration will open at 9:15am. Tea and coffee will be served.

9:45am – Welcome

Professor Dame Glynis Breakwell DBE DL FAcSS, President & Vice-Chancellor, University of Bath

9:55am – Keynote lecture: Louise Kingham OBE FEI – Rising to our global energy challenges

Chief Executive of the Energy Institute

In this lecture Louise will set out the key energy challenges facing the world today including meeting future energy demand, access to energy for all and tackling the transition to a global low carbon economy. She will describe some of the opportunities in response to those challenges and will also reflect on the importance of women in particular – both in terms of the impacts these challenges have upon women directly AND in terms of women’s ingenuity in helping to identify the solutions we need.

11:00am – Global Challenges

A series of breakout sessions led by academics from across the University of Bath. These will be based on:

  • Health & Wellbeing
  • Food Security
  • Understanding Evolution in a Modern World
  • Environmental Engineering: Providing for our Future
  • Astrophysics

12:10pm – Keynote lecture: Professor Dame Linda Partridge DBE FMedSci – Ageing healthily

Director of the Institute of Healthy Ageing, UCL; Founding Director of the Max Planck Institute for the Biology of Ageing

Increasing life expectancy has unmasked ageing as the major risk factor for chronic and killer diseases. Despite its complexity, the ageing process has proved to have a set of core underlying mechanisms and to be malleable to genetic and environmental interventions. These findings have opened up the prospect of a broad spectrum, preventative medicine for the diseases of human ageing.

1:00pm – Lunch

Lunch will be provided. Soapbox research talks will be given, featuring some of our PhD students and early-career researchers.

1:55pm – Keynote lecture: Professor Dame Athene Donald DBE FRS – Do I look like a Physicist?

Professor of Experimental Physics, University of Cambridge.

My research in physics has always tended to cross disciplinary boundaries: to me science is inherently creative and crossing borders opens up new avenues. I will discuss examples of this work at the interface with biology. I will also touch upon more recent work taking me out of the lab, talking to policymakers and the public, using skills developed as a scientist.

We are pleased to be awarding Dame Athene an honorary degree from the University of Bath during the event.

3:35pm – Panel discussion – Pioneers and Pathways: Shaping the future in STEM

Chaired by Professor Carole Mundell (Head of Department of Physics, University of Bath). Our panelists are:

  • Dawn Bonfield MBE (Director, Towards Vision)
  • Simon Cooper (Managing Director, Global Technology Head of Engineering and Architecture & EMEA CIO, J.P. Morgan)
  • Dr Patrick Goymer (Chief Editor, Nature Ecology & Evolution)
  • Dr Emily Grossman (Science broadcaster, writer & educator)
  • Professor Melanie Welham (Chief Executive, BBSRC)

To end the day and celebrate the role of women in STEM, we bring together a panel of leaders from industry, academia, publishing and the media to discuss success and leadership in STEM. They will share a personal perspective on their career paths, describe what steps their organisations are taking to drive the diversity agenda and compare their different industries and the key to success. There will be an opportunity for Q&A with the audience. Questions can be submitted in advance of the panel session.

5:00pm – Celebratory drinks reception


Please note: Tickets are free and include lunch. Please register your attendance in advance.


Sulis Minerva is the goddess of wisdom and ancient deity of the thermal springs here in Bath.