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The ‘Be Inspired!’ Lecture series, which is free and open to the public, sees eminent female scientists deliver high-profile research lectures, and gives an insight to the career paths they have taken

Random reflections on genes, genomes and being a woman in science

Dr Araxi Urrutia
Lecturer in Genetics
University of Bath
24 September 2014


Dr Araxi Urrutia is a lecturer in genetics at the University of Bath where she leads a research group working in the area of functional genomics. Araxi obtained a PhD at the University of Bath, UK and then took a postdoctoral position in the USA. Following a three year maternity break, she returned to science as a volunteer postdoc and later secured a L’Oreal UK Women in Science Fellowship and a Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Research Fellowship. Currently based at Bath, Araxi has been the recipient of a Biochemical Society Early Career Award in recognition to her contributions to functional and evolutionary biology. Araxi has a long-standing commitment towards gender equality, she was awarded a SHE inspiring women award and named a Rising Talent by the Women’s forum for society and the economy, she is a member of the University of Bath Athena SWAN team and chairs the Athena SWAN self-assessment team in her Department.

Women in Science: What did chemistry ever do for me?

Professor Lesley Yellowlees CBE PhD FRSC FInstP FRSE
Vice Principal and Head of College
College of Science & Engineering
University of Edinburgh
22 July 2014


“As the first woman president of the Royal Society of Chemistry in its 171 year history I am passionate about inspiring and increasing the numbers of women studying and working in the sciences. It is of great concern that the majority of women with qualifications in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects do not work in STEM areas in Scotland.  This is in contrast to men. The consequence is a serious loss to the economy and to the subject area. The ‘leaky pipeline’ as it has been christened has significant implications for skills shortages in STEM areas. This is not a problem unique to Scotland but what can be done to fix the leak?

So why do so many female scientists opt not to have a career in STEM? If there was only one reason then it would be easier to tackle. Instead there are many, such as long working hours, lack of support, unconscious bias, macho culture, family considerate working conditions, inflexible funding structures, isolation. Some of these reasons are real and some are perceptions but the distinction between these two doesn’t really matter. In contrast I have had a very positive experience in Chemistry and try and make it a priority to remember the help and support I was given and to give back. Statistics, observations and recollections will all feature in the presentation”

If Only Bones Could Talk

Dr Dawnie Steadman
Director, Forensic Anthropology Centre
University of Tennessee, USA
7 April 2014


Dr Dawnie Steadman, a world-leading forensic anthropologist and Director of the Forensic Anthropology Centre, USA, will open Lincoln’s Be Inspired Series with a lecture about her research, her participation in international forensic investigations (from ‘9/11’ to the search for victims of the Spanish civil war), and share with us her journey to the top of her field.