申博官网支持区域性和全国性的活动和倡议,促进和庆祝女性在科学领域的发展, 技术, engineering and maths (STEM) subjects and careers.

申博官网收到一份 Athena Swan Bronze award 感谢申博官网致力于推动女性在STEM领域的学术和研究事业, and are proud to have had two of our colleagues named in the 每日电讯报's 2017 'Top 50 Women in Engineering under 35' list. 

申博官网还致力于鼓励下一代学习STEM学科, 在校园举办活动,鼓励12-14岁的女孩考虑非传统职业, 尤其是在STEM领域, 申博官网的12名科学家最近在MK中心专门制作了临时演讲台,让购物者深入了解在米尔顿凯恩斯及其周围进行的研究. 


阅读简·瑞克森教授的采访,她是土壤侵蚀与保护的主席,也是农业工程学会的当选主席

在科学、技术、工程和数学(STEM)领域工作最好的事情是什么??

I see STEM as trans- and multi-disciplinary, so it can help address many of the world’s toughest challenges. 在我的工作中, 科学的理解被用来开发技术来解决这些问题, including how to produce enough food and energy to meet increasing global demands; how to reverse the loss of natural ecosystems; and how to cope with climate change and extreme weather events. It follows that many solutions need engineering approaches. 

最吸引你的是什么?你是如何进入现在这份工作的?

我着迷于如何将科学原理应用于实践,开发解决重要问题的技术. 例如, we have to understand the fundamental chemistry, biology and physics of soil degradation processes (e.g. 土壤侵蚀)在颗粒尺度上预测问题可能严重的时间和地点. 申博官网也可以用数学模型来检验申博官网的预测是否可靠. 对侵蚀过程的科学理解有助于申博官网设计技术干预措施,如侵蚀控制毯和土壤调理剂,以控制侵蚀过程.

Did you have any particular influencers that encouraged you? Or anyone who was a barrier to your progress?

My first influencers were my school teachers, 是谁激发了我保护和改善自然资源的热情. 从那以后,我一直很幸运地与鼓舞人心的科学家和工程师一起工作.

What do you do on a typical day (if there is such a thing)?

I have been at 克兰菲尔德 for 30 years now, and no two days are the same! My job is a mixture of research, training/teaching and consultancy. 我的研究着眼于空间和时间尺度范围内的基础和应用土壤科学. It has focused on the assessment, 监测和管理土壤资源,以帮助更好地了解土壤功能及其在农业生产系统中的作用. 

I am interested in the concept of soil quality and soil health, 以及这些与提供至关重要的生态系统商品和服务之间的联系, 比如粮食生产, water regulation and climate change mitigation through carbon storage. My research also addresses the effects of soil degradation on soil quality, and how 技术 can be used to solve these problems. I work closely with the agricultural industry, 包括农民, 种植者, 土地所有者, 食品加工商, 陆基慈善机构, 零售商与消费者.

有人建议,在STEM行业改进灵活工作的方法之前, women won’t look favourably upon those kind of jobs. What’s your experience of that?

雇主采取灵活的方式是至关重要的,尤其是对有工作的父母(无论男女). 明确承诺弹性工作制会让雇主对潜在员工更具吸引力. 这也有助于长期留住员工,提高他们的积极性和工作满意度. 我很幸运克兰菲尔德对我的家庭承诺给予了支持.

One suggestion is that policymakers, 教育工作者和行业应该在STEM和更广泛的社会影响之间建立更好的联系. 你认为这会对女孩和妇女的职业抱负产生影响吗?

I think this is important, regardless of gender! Yes, knowing your work has impact can be a great motivator. This is recognised by 研究 Councils for example, 谁要求所有提案在研究申请中有“影响途径”部分. It’s always good to think how your research will affect society as a whole.


There is a lot of encouragement of girls to study STEM subjects at the moment; however, I believe that the challenge is not getting girls started, but making sure they finish the race. 我认为灵活的工作是让女性留在STEM行业的一个重要因素, especially for those with parental or caring responsibilities.

Tosin Somorin博士, 研究 Fellow in Energy Systems