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New WISE (Wales) chair at WSA

Vicki Stevenson has just taken the Welsh chair of Women into Science Engineering and Construction (WISE). The WISE campaign (www.wisecampaign.org.uk) encourages young women to study technical subjects (e.g. Science, Technical Studies, Engineering and Mathematics) and to consider future technical careers.

In Wales, Vicki has been heavily involved in the organisation of Discover! - a Saturday science club for girls run in conjunction with Careers Wales. Discover! has run for three years in Cardiff with the support of Careers Wales EBP (Cardiff and the Vale). Prof Richard Weston runs a textile design event at WSA for Discover! with some help from Vicki. Other sessions involve analysing DNA, developing a prosthetic hand and analysing snot, as well as our grand finale at British Airways Maintenance Depot! 2009 has seen the expansion of Discover! to Gwent and Swansea with funding from Welsh Assembly Government and the support of Careers Wales West and Gwent EBPs, as well as significant support from WISE volunteers. Vicki has been delighted to be asked to present at all three launches!

If anyone is interested in the WISE campaign or would like to support specific events or join the Welsh (Wales) organising committee, please get in touch (stevensonv@cardiff.ac.uk).