Hedy Lamarr was a Hollywood actress whose frequency-hopping, spread-spectrum invention was an early forerunner of today’s Wi-Fi systems. She and a musician friend designed this novel way to control radio-guided torpedoes during World War II using a signal (controlled by a player-piano mechanism) that made it almost impossible for the enemy to lock onto and send the torpedoes off course.

Useful Links - Women in STEMM

Careers advice and job opportunities

  • Bioscience Careers provides regular blog posts aimed at early career researchers.
  • Jobs.ac.uk is the specialist jobs board for the academic sector.
  • MentorSET is a UK mentoring scheme for women in STEMM.

Funding opportunities

  • British Federation of Women Graduates. Scholarships and awards.
  • Daphne Jackson Fellowships help return scientists, technologists, engineers and mathematicians to their careers after a break of 2 or more years.
  • Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowships are for outstanding scientists in the UK at an early stage of their research career who require a flexible working pattern due to personal circumstances such as parenting or caring responsibilities or health issues. Female candidates are particularly invited to apply.
  • L'Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science UK & Ireland Fellowships This programme recognises the achievements and contributions of exceptional females across the globe, by awarding promising scientists with Fellowships to help further their research.
  • Nuffield Foundation Directory of organisations funding women in education and training visits.
  • WISE Directory of organisations offering bursaries, grants, awards and scholarships.

Networks and associations

  • The Athena Forum provides a strategic oversight of developments that seek to, or have proven to, advance the career progression and representation of women in science, technology, mathematics, and medicine (STEMM) in UK higher education.
  • Oxford Association for Women in Science & Engineering is a support network for women in science and technology as well as reaching out into the wider community to show that women can do science successfully and with great enjoyment.
  • ScienceGrrl is a broad-based, grassroots membership organisation celebrating and supporting women in science; a network of people who are passionate about passing on our love of science on to the next generation.
  • The Science Council is an umbrella organisation for professional bodies and learned societies across science in the UK to focus on the education, skills and professionalism of the science community.
  • Science Oxford runs events, activities and workshops for families and adults across Oxfordshire. It also runs a STEM ambassadors scheme, featuring men and women of all ages from a wide range of companies and research organisations in Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, and West Berkshire (OBWB), who are keen to support learning in schools and colleges, share their enthusiasm for their work, raise careers awareness and inspire
  • STEMinist focuses on women in Science, Tech, Engineering and Maths by aggregating and featuring stories about women in STEM from across the web.
  • STFC's Women in Science, Engineering and Technology (SET) Focus Group provides the Science and Technology Facilities Council with first hand views and insights into the issues that affect the retention and career development of women working in STFC's areas of science.
  • WISE (Women Into Science and Engineering) promotes female talent in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) from classroom to boardroom. At WISE, the mission is to increase the gender balance in the UK’s STEM workforce, pushing the presence of female employees from 13% as it stands now, to 30% by 2020. The WISE Awards recognise inspiring organisations and individuals actively addressing the core concerns of WISE.