Two Plymouth University academics have been nominated for national awards in recognition of their efforts to inspire women and girls to pursue study and careers in the sciences.
The annual Women in to Science and Engineering (WISE) Awards celebrate female talent in science, technology and engineering – from classroom to boardroom.
The awards shortlist for 2014 includes Plymouth University Professor of Ocean Engineering Deborah Greaves, who is in the running for the WISE Research Award, while Dr Ismini Vasileiou, Lecturer in Information Systems has been nominated in the WISE Advisor Award category.
The WISE Research Award is presented in recognition of groundbreaking scientific research by a female-led team which has advanced knowledge and will make a difference to people's lives.
Professor Greaves is one of the country’s leading marine renewable energy experts, Director of the COAST Lab at Plymouth University and a Board Member of PRIMaRE (Partnership for Research In Marine Renewable Energy).
She also recently led the €2million SOWFIA programme, on streamlining of impact assessment for offshore wave farms, as well as projects involving wave energy devices and extreme wave loading. Professor Greaves said:
“Through my work, I have been able to lead a number of groundbreaking research projects that have influenced national and international thinking about renewable energy. They have also raised the profile of Plymouth University locally and globally. I believe being shortlisted for this award can help enable women and girls to see science and engineering as careers they can succeed in, and I am only too happy if I have in some way acted as a role model.”