Outreach

I believe that STEM should be open to everyone, regardless of their gender, ethnic origins 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.

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STEM Gamechangers organising committee

bookletcoverAs 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 also 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.