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Girls in Physics

On Wednesday 4th October, a number of our girls attended the Girls in Physics Evening at Highgate School.  The fantastic speakers were Dr. Nadia Abdul-Karin who works in defence and security, Dr. Ozak Esu who is an enginer with Cundall, and Goody Gibbins who is a researcher and works to see how thermodynamics can be used to help combat climate change.  Although due to gender discrimination I was not permitted to attend, I was delighted at how enthusiastic the girls were the next day.  Our Y11 girls were particularly inspired by Dr. Nadia Abdul-Karin leading to them saying 'I didn't know doing physics could lead to such interesting jobs'.  I hope this enthusiasm helps these young ladies and others continue their enjoyment of the subject through A-Level and beyond!

I really enjoyed the event.  It gave me great insight into the world of physics and the part women play into it.  I loved hearing about the importance of women, in a field that is thought of as a men's field, and that is predominantly male.  I also found it interesting to find out about careers I had never heard of before.  I was very interested listening to different degrees and places they can take you.Lola Mcauley
I found the talks very informative and engaging.  The speakers also mentioned ways to get into STEM careers and provided links to scholarships and programmes which was very helpful.  I feel like I have a better understanding of the speakers' professions and of women's roles within STEM generally.  Overall, I thought it was a useful experience and one that I took a lot from.Ella Gregory
I thoroughly enjoyed the “Girls in Physics’ event at Highgate school and it introduced me to some interesting pathways into Physics careers. It helped me to start thinking about a future in science and opened my mind to sectors of Physics which I did not know about, such as physicists working closely with the law to identify and detect explosives and the way they work and physics within the study of climate change and the environment. The women who spoke were very inspiring and passionate about what their specific field and made me think about all the different avenues and options to choose from in Physics and science as a whole to fit you and your personal passions and interests. All of the events I have attended with Highgate have been of an amazing standard and I have learnt lots from as well as enjoyed and I would be excited to participate in future activities.Liliana Newsam-Smith

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