I believe that STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) should be open to everyone, regardless of their gender, ethnic origins, socio-economic background or sexual orientation, to name just a few factors. To that end, in 2014, Dr Hannah Stern and I co-founded the Cambridge women in physics group (CiW). More recently, I co-organised STEM Gamechangers at the Alan Turing Institute, London, where we brought together 40 incredible participants from across the UK to work on projects to increase diversity in STEM.
As part of my work with CiW, in 2015, I produced a short booklet, entitled ‘What is so exciting about physics?’ to encourage more girls to study physics beyond GCSE. The booklet showcases the work of early-career female physicists and can be found at: www.cavinspiringwomen.com/booklet. I wrote a guest blog about the booklet for Science Grrl and to date we have distributed over 6000 paper copies.
I also have an interest in science policy and in 2014, I was fortunate to undertake a secondment working in government on the UK’s quantum technology programme.