January 2016 – For the first time in history, NASA’s class of astronauts are 50% female. In 15 years they could all be part of an expedition to Mars. Read more.

February 2016 – West Lothian College launched their first women-only course to encourage girls into STEM. The 16 week course includes industry visits and work experience to support young women to continue their STEM education. Read more. 

March 2016 – Kayleigh Dempster, a second year Digital Design student at the Glasgow Caledonian University, created Scottish emojis to download to your phone, she was then funded to create a mobile app. Read more. 

April 2016– Women in engineering made a huge impact as The Best of British Engineering award was won by Emma England, from Airbus Operations Ltd. Joanne Sharples from BAE Systems won the Higher Apprentice of the Year award. Read more.

May 2016 – Meet the young women leading engineering apprenticeships in Scotland; Julie Dickson, Kirsteen Munro and Alexandra Preston were all recognised for their achievements this month. Read more.

June 2016 – The Scottish Government announced Sheila Rowan as the Chief Scientific Adviser of Scotland. On accepting this prestigious role Sheila said; “For Scotland to be successful we need to access all the talent we can and that means encouraging women and girls to engage in science from a young age.” Read more.

July 2016 – The Women in Property Awards took place with Hayley Johnston studying Construction Project Management at Heriot Watt and Johanna Kleesattel studying Architecture at Robert Gordon, as the Scotland winners. Read more.

August 2016 – Pamela Marcum was part of the NASA mission team called SOFIA (the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy) who discovered that there are traces of atomic oxygen still lingering on the planet Mars. Read more.

September 2016 – Equate Scotland celebrated its 10th anniversary in the Scottish Parliament with Shirley –Anne Somerville and Dr.Hermione Cockburn. We launched our largest every research report into what we can do to increase the number of women in STEM, which can be read here.

October 2016 – Samantha Payne, a Bristol born tech entrepreneur, gave a keynotes speech at one the America’s largest conferences, speaking about her co-founded company Open Bionics which creates low cost bionic hands for amputees of all ages.

November 2016 – School girl Emily Lauder invented glow in the dark stickers for parents and children to use when locating seat belts in the dark evenings during winter. A local coach company has now commissioned her invention to test it on their vehicles. Read more.

December 2016 – The largest all women expedition group to Antarctica heads off on its trip. The group includes Dr. Raeanne Miller from the Scottish Association Of Marine Science. Read more.


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