Event history and rationale
Launched in 2017, initially under the title of Girls into Chemistry (GintoChem). The Centre for Chemical Sciences at the University of Plymouth are delighted to be hosting our forth STEM event directed at GCSE level students identifying as female with an interest in chemistry related careers.
This year we have re-branded the event as GenChem in acknowledgement of the diversity of students that may be wishing to attend and invite expressions of interest for our 2020 event to be held on Friday 12 June 2020.
The format includes talks with two inspiring women working in chemistry related roles. These have included staff from within the University other academic institutions, industry and the RSC 175 Faces of Chemistry.
The event was initiated principally by Dr Alison Turner and Dr Hayley Manners, both members of the school’s chemistry staff and equality, diversity and inclusivity committee and members of the RSC. This is to showcase our chemistry courses and to address a shortfall in female students taking up chemistry against the national benchmark and an overall gender gap in STEM subjects. The School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences and its technical team kindly provided the staff time and laboratory resources. The Royal Society of Chemistry’s local division and Analytical division supported the event and a big thank you to them and in particular.