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Join us on March 8th 2024 as we celebrate International Women's Day! 

Join us the Museum of Zoology as we celebrate International Women's Day with a special event dedicated to recognising and supporting the achievements of women in the field. Our theme for this year is "Empower her journey. Ignite her progress."

This event aims to showcase stories of women who have received diverse forms of support, illustrating how various types of empowerment have propelled their work and helped them pursue their goals in the fields of STEM and conservation.

There are two sessions in the line-up that aim to share stories of how women have been supported in various ways. The first panel starting at 5pm, will focus on the success stories of women in the field, highlighting the support they have received along the way to achieve their goals. The second panel starting at 6pm, will discuss the opportunities that await individuals in their own journey and guide them on how to carve their chosen path in the sector.

Each panel session will include three guest speakers, and you will have the opportunity to ask questions at the end of each session. 

5pm: Session 1 Empowered Journeys: Stories of Support and Success

Hear from women in zoology and conservation science talk of routes into their careers. 

Dr Helen Scales, a marine biologist, accomplished writer, and engaging broadcaster, brings a unique perspective to our panel, not only through her extensive contributions to marine exploration but also her inspiring journey into the field.

Mei Mei Chow from Penang, Malaysia, is a conservationist whose journey highlights the crucial role of support. With a BSc in Animal Biology, Mei Mei transitioned into impactful roles, thanks to mentorship and educational support. Over four years at TRAFFIC Southeast Asia, she combats illegal wildlife trade by training law enforcers and designing materials.

Final speaker to be confirmed. 

5.45pm: Break

6pmSession 2 Unleashing Opportunities in Your Journey

Mariam Weston, grants officer at the Rufford Foundation, has played a pivotal role in leading sustainable and community-based conservation strategies across Mexico and Latin America. Beginning her career with research and conservation projects on wild cats in Mexico, she navigates the challenges faced by early-career conservationists.

Other speakers to be confirmed

6.45pm: Opportunity to talk to zoologists and conservation scientists, and explore the Museum

Ends: 7.30pm

This event takes place at the Museum and online. It is FREE to attend. 

To attend in person  Please book ahead here

To join via Zoom Please book ahead here

We hope to see you there! 

Friday, 8 March, 2024 - 16:30 to 19:30