Women in STEM 2023

February 6 - 10

The 4th edition of Brock University’s Women in STEM Event is happening soon and will be our first hybrid one!

We will offer sessions, both in person and online, that touch on a variety of topics relevant to women in STEM.

Join us! We’re excited to see you.

Events are free and open to everyone

Our event is not a woman-only event and is not restricted only to the Brock community.

Making science a more inclusive and equitable environment is a job for us all.


You can find information and register for our sessions below

Talk by Jessica Vandenberghe, PEng

Friday, Feb 10, 1 - 2:30 pm EST

Jessica Vandenberghe, PEng, is an Indigenous woman who has worked in the oilsands, mining, regulatory, infrastructure, and consulting industries. She is the Industrial Chair of Indigenous Engineering at the University of Alberta, and a mother of two, passionate about EDI along with Truth and Reconciliation. Join us to hear about her journey in engineering and her experiences as a woman in STEM.

This session will be offered online.

Student Tool Kit

Friday, Feb 10, 5 - 7:30 pm EST

There's always something missing in our tool kit... Something we could work on, and gain more confidence on. Join us in our closing ceremony to gain insight into multiple tools that will benefit you throughout your journey as a student and after graduation. We will talk about how to advocate for yourself, salary negotiation, practical ways to cope with stress and more!

This session will be offered in person.

Academia Showcase

Monday, Feb 6, 5 - 7:30 pm EST

Short talks from women professors and graduate students. Professors will present on their journeys in STEM and how they got to where they are today. Grad students will discuss their projects and share the results of awesome research being done by women at Brock!

This session will be offered both in person, at Brock University, and online.

Talk by Dr. Alison Criscitiello

Tuesday, Feb 7, 12 - 1:30 pm EST

Dr Criscitiello is an ice core scientist, National Geographic Explorer, Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society, and Director of the Canadian Ice Core Lab at the University of Alberta. In addition to her academic work, she is a co-founder of Girls on Ice Canada, a member of the LGBTQIA+ community, and an avid adventurer and mountain climber. Join us to hear about her journey in science and her experiences as a woman in STEM.

This session will be offered online.

Meet a Scientist - Research Round

Tuesday, Feb 7, 3:30 - 5:30 pm EST

Do you want to learn about the research going on at Brock? Are you curious about grad school? This session will give you the opportunity to have short meetings, one on one, with multiple graduate student volunteers, to learn about their research and ask any questions you may have about their experiences as women in STEM.

Great for undergraduate students that are interested in research and grad school, and high school students considering going into a science program.


This session will be offered in person.

Entrepreneurship: The 3rd Path

Tuesday, Feb 7, 6:30 - 8 pm EST

Not academia nor industry - this session is for people interested in following the entrepreneurship path after graduation. Join us to hear from Dr Fei Luo, co-founder and CEO of Liven Proteins, about her journey from PhD student to entrepreneur. Farzana Crocco, Executive Director of the Brock LINC, will follow to share how graduate students can explore the path to entrepreneurship at Brock, and the best resources to get started.

This session will be offered online.

Q&A with Dr. Jess Wade

Wednesday, Feb 8, 12 - 1:30 pm EST

Join us in a Q&A session with British physicist Dr Jess Wade, whose research investigates new materials for optoelectronic devices. Dr Wade has created over 1600 Wikipedia pages for women in STEM that haven’t received the recognition they deserve - her efforts were recognized with a British Empire Medal in 2019.

We will talk about her idea to use Wikipedia to take practical steps to address the gender disparity in STEM and the journey from the first page she created till now.

This session will be offered online.

Picture a Scientist - Screening and Panel Discussion

Wednesday, Feb 8, 3 - 7:30 pm EST

In this documentary, leading female scientists discuss the inequalities they have faced as they write a new chapter for women in STEM. Stick around after the documentary for a panel discussion led by inspiring women from the Niagara area, including Brock graduate students, professors, and industry professionals.

We believe it is very important that men watch this film.

The screening of the documentary will only be offered in person. The panel discussion will be hybrid.

Fostering Inclusive Cultures - Dr. Imogen Coe

Thursday, Feb 9, 5:30 - 7 pm EST

How can we work together to create welcoming environment for women of all identities? Join us and Dr. Imogen Coe to talk about all around allyship. Dr. Coe is an accomplished cell biologist, well known for her promotion and advocacy of equity, diversity and inclusivity (EDI) in STEM. Dr. Coe has been on the list of Top 100 Most Powerful Women in Canada. and received the 2022 Trailblazer Award for the Canadian Science Policy Centre.

This session will be offered both in person and online.

Trivia Night

Thursday, Feb 9, 8 - 9:30 pm EST

Test your knowledge of women in STEM at our Trivia night! No previous knowledge is necessary - we learn through our mistakes too. Join us to learn new facts, discuss the history of women in STEM, and be inspired to pursue a career in science. Prizes will be awarded to the top 3 trivia stars!

This session will be offered online.

We hope our event…

1) Improves the recognition and visibility of women in STEM fields

2) Makes us aware of the issues that drive women away once they are involved in STEM, hoping to increase retention.

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