Women in STEMM Workshop 2015



Tuesday, June 23, 2015 - 10:00 to 16:00

The School of Engineering will host the 4th annual University of Edinburgh Women in STEMM Workshop on the 23rd of June to coincide with National Women in Engineering Day.

Following on from last year's event held in Physics this day provides an opportunity for all male and female academics, research staff and PhD students across the STEMM subjects to hear from inspiring women.  The afternoon will focus on networking and will end with a drinks reception.


Hudson Beare Building, Kings Buildings. Registration in the Eng Inn.


  • 10:00-10:30 Registration with tea/coffee
  • 10:30-10:45 Welcome
  • 10:45-11:30 Keynote 1 - Tina Düren
  • 11:30-12:15 Keynote 2 - Anne Richards
  • 12:15-12:45 Panel Q&A
  • 12:45-13:30 Lunch
  • 13:30-14:15 Career Stories
  • 14:15-15:15 Speed networking facilitated by the four career stories speakers
  • 15:15-16:00 Closing remarks and refreshments

Career Stories

Four speakers will present a short overview of their career path and offer some reflections on things that they would/wouldn't do again if they had their time over. The speakers will then facilitate the networking sessions allowing questions to be asked and further discussion on the issues raised. Speaker Information can be found here.


Eventbrite Registration is now closed.  For late registration please email Katherine Cameron (K.Cameron@ed.ac.uk)


Further Information

For more information please contact Katherine Cameron (K.Cameron@ed.ac.uk).


Anne Richards


Caroline Corden

Caroline Corden is a principal process engineer with Costain, based in Manchester.  Caroline has 20 years’ experience with the company, working predominantly in industrial gas purification and natural gas processing to support a wide range of process contracting activities: conceptual studies, detailed design work, commissioning and plant modifications.  She holds a BEng in chemical engineering from the University of Birmingham and is a chartered member of the Institution of Chemical Engineers.

Caroline has worked part time since her two children, now both at secondary school, were born.  She is a Brownie leader and a PTA volunteer, and enjoys reading, gardening, and cycling.

Tina Düren

Tina Düren studied process engineering at the Technical University Hamburg-Harburg with support of a scholarship for women studying STEM subjects and gained her PhD from the same university in 2002. She spent two years as postdoctoral researcher at Northwestern University, USA having received a Feodor Lynen Fellowship of the Alexander Humboldt Foundation. In 2004, she joined the School of Engineering, University of Edinburgh, as a lecturer in chemical engineering. Since August 2014 she is a  professor in chemical engineering at the University of Bath. Her research interests are in the area of molecular simulation of adsorption and diffusion phenomena in nanoporous materials. She has just been awarded an ERC Consolidator Award.

Louise Horsfall

Dr Louise Horsfall holds an MChem from the University of Oxford, a DEA and a PhD in Biochemistry from the Université de Liège, Belgium. She worked as a research associate at the University of Leeds and the University of Glasgow before joining the University of Edinburgh in May 2012.

Louise is a Lecturer in Biotechnology within the multidisciplinary research centre for synthetic and system biology, SynthSys, at Edinburgh. Research in the Horsfall lab seeks to employ synthetic biology tools to increase the energy efficiency and resource efficiency of applied biotechnology. Current challenges include the production of metallic nanoparticles and platform chemicals to incentivise the decontamination of waste, water and land by engineering microorganisms, adopting biological compartmentalisation methods and optimising enzymes and pathways. Louise is Programme Director of the MSc in Synthetic Biology and Biotechnology and teaches both subjects to undergraduates and postgraduates. She is the elected co-chair of the new Bioengineering and Bioprocessing Section of the European Federation of Biotechnology, a SynBio LEAP Fellow and has been selected for the UK's Early Career Forum in Manufacturing Research.

Hilary Jones

Until 2008, Hilary was Technical & Quality Director for Scottish & Newcastle (S&N) prior to their takeover by Heineken and Carlsberg. S&N was renowned for its unrivalled portfolio of high quality beer, cider, water and soft drink brands across its sales and marketing businesses in Western Europe, and in joint ventures in China, Russia, India and Vietnam. Within her varied career at S&N she held a number of brewing, operational and technical positions, with responsibilities ranging from new product development, to R&D, to setting up a pub brewery, to managing the famous Tyne Brewery, home of Newcastle Brown Ale.

Hilary graduated from Edinburgh University with a BSc Honours in Biological Sciences. After a short spell in research into animal health at the Moredun Veterinary Research Institute, she moved on to the Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain, running a government-sponsored safety testing scheme for animal and human pharmaceuticals. She then joined S&N’s R&D team in Edinburgh.

During her time with S&N, she was a member of the boards of Brewing Research International near London and the International Centre for Brewing and Distilling at Heriot Watt University in Edinburgh. In 1995, she was elected as a Fellow of the Institute of Brewing in recognition of her work in support of the brewing industry. In 2005 she became the first ever woman to be elected President of the European Brewery Convention (EBC) and during her Presidency, she led the merger of EBC with the Brewers of Europe, the trade association which serves all brewers in Europe.

Since 2009, with Petra Wetzel she has co-owned Noah Beers, which manages WEST Brewery, in Glasgow Scotland, producing premium draught German style lagers which are now distributed widely across the UK. Hilary is also a Director of Dry Lube, an engineering company which supplies packaging lines in the brewing industry worldwide, and also a Board Member of Sikh Sanjog, a Scottish charity which supports the integration of marginalised young Sikh women into mainstream society and the employability market.

Steven Neale

Dr Neale is a lecturer in Engineering at the University of Glasgow. His research interests center around the manipulation of microscopic particles with contactless forces such as optical, electrical and acoustic tweezers. He gained his PhD from the University of St Andrews, was a post-doc at UC Berkeley and a RAEng research fellow at Glasgow from 2009-2015. He currently leads a small group of six researchers who all work on micromanipulation. His work has been featured in journals including Nature Materials and Angewandte Chemie and has been cited over 1000 times. Since 2011 Dr Neale has worked 0.8FTE to allow him to care for his young family.

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National Women in Engineering Day 2015
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