XenoGesis took part in Ada Lovelace Day 2019 at MediCity last week alongside representatives from Rolls Royce, The British Army, Twycross Zoo, Boots UK, Sygnature Discovery and Azotic Technologies.
BioCity, the pioneering life science incubator and business collective, opened its doors to one hundred young women from local schools on Tuesday 8 October 2019.
The event, co-created and supported by Ignite Futures, Nottingham Trent University and STEM Hub welcomed students from across Nottinghamshire to take part in science, technology, engineering and maths-based activities led by women in industry.
Founded in 2009 by Suw Charman-Anderson in response to a lack of female visibility within STEM, Ada Lovelace Day is now recognised internationally. Every second Tuesday in October events are held across the globe, which are designed to increase the visibility of women in STEM and create new role models for those considering their career options.
The day kicked off with Sangita Bhaker, Research Scientist at XenoGesis, discussing women in STEM on BBC Radio Nottingham’s breakfast show. Click here to listen again, the clip can be heard at about 1:19.
BioCity’s Ada Lovelace Day took place at MediCity Nottingham which is situated within the Boots headquarters and is one of BioCity’s five UK locations. From the campus where Boots’ pharmaceuticals and cosmetics were originally formulated, BioCity hosted a day of events which showcased the plethora of modern STEM careers choices open to women; giving students hands-on not hypothetical experience.
XenoGesis, Sygnature Discovery and Azotic Technologies, alongside event partners Rolls Royce, The British Army, Twycross Zoo and Boots UK, all ran interactive experiences allowing the students to gain insights into the world of STEM, including:
“The Drug Discovery Game” by BioCity, Sygnature Discovery and XenoGesis gave students an insight into the process of creating new medicines, developing compounds and paying submission fees to discover the success of their invention.
“Future Food” by Azotic Technologies looked at food scarcity and the use of sustainable fertilisers and how future careers in STEM could tackle the environmental challenges which are now emerging.
“Bridge Building” by Walgreens Boots Alliance was an interactive session to help students gain experience of working in a project environment and gave them the opportunity to find out more about apprenticeships and early years careers in STEM.
Although celebrated internationally, Ada Lovelace Day has particular significance for the East Midlands. Nottingham-born Lovelace, who was shortlisted as the potential face of the new £50 note earlier this year, is recognised as the first computer programmer due to her work on the analytical engine. BioCity’s Ada Lovelace Day 2019 is simultaneously a celebration of pioneering women in STEM and the heritage of Nottinghamshire as a leading area from scientific and technological discovery.
Read about XenoGesis’ involvement with Ada Lovelace Day in 2018 here.