First Women of Science & Technology: 2013 shortlist

A truly astonishing group of women have made it to the shortlist for this year’s Science & Technology award:

Eleni Antoniadou, chief of science, Transplants Without Donors…

  • Developed an artificial trachea that was used in the first successful fully functional artificial organ transplantation;
  • Pioneering work has proved the potential of regenerative medicine;
  • Worked closely with Prime Minister of Greece George Papandreou on education issues; and
  • Through the Women in Engineering foundation, created opportunities for prominent women scientists to present their work and life experiences.

Naomi Chayen, professor of biomedical science, Imperial College London…

  • First woman, and longest-serving, president of the International Organization for Biological Crystallization;
  • Trailblazer in the field of crystallization of biological molecules, enabling the design of new medicines;
  • Her research has been translated into tangible products incorporated into a number of patents, including a crystallization agent called “Naomi’s Nucleant”; and
  • Numerous innovative firsts, including development of early crystallization robots.

Lucy Dimes, CEO, UK & Ireland, Alcatel-Lucent…

  • In April 2011, became the first female CEO of Alcatel-Lucent UK & Ireland;
  • Leading financial turnaround;
  • Established A-L’s Diversity Forum, and sponsored the launch of its ‘StrongHer’ network; and
  • In June 2012, became the first woman to join the Berendsen plc board, as a non-executive.

Athene Donald, professor, University of Cambridge…

  • First female physics lecturer at Cambridge University;
  • First first female professor in any of the physical sciences in Cambridge;
  • The only female Royal Society fellow in the field of mainstream physics; and
  • Cambridge University’s first gender equality champion.

Emma McGuigan, managing director, Accenture Technology Practice, Accenture…

  • First and only female leader in Accenture’s architecture delivery and integration group, comprising 6,000 people worldwide;
  • Promoted to MD in 2006 while on maternity leave with her second child;
  • Led Accenture’s “Accent on Women” network for the past four years; and
  • Established the career management programme for the 20 highest female performers in the technology practice.

Carol Robinson, professor of physical chemistry, University of Oxford…

  • First female statutory chair in chemistry at the University of Oxford; previously first female Professor of Chemistry at the University of Cambridge;
  • Unorthodox career path, starting as a lab technician aged 16, rather than taking a degree;
  • Ground-breaking leader in mass spectrometry; and
  • Used £30,000 Royal Society Rosalind Franklin Prize to set up a fund to support visiting female lecturers.
Why not join us at the 2013 First Women Awards ceremony, in association with Lloyds Banking Group? This special night takes place at the London Marriott Hotel, Grosvenor Square on Wednesday June 12, 2013, and is hosted by the incomparable broadcaster and sports presenter, Clare Balding.

First Women Awards supporters include: the CBI, Accenture, Alexander Charles, benenden health, Centrica, COINS, IMechE (Institute of Mechanical Engineers),  ICAEW, Land Rover, Real Business, CfEL (Centre for Entrepreneurial Learning at the University of Cambridge Judge Business School), and the Huffington Post.

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