Celebrating Women in Science and British Science Week
Fri Mar 17 13:31:00 GMT 2017
To celebrate International Women's Day and British Science Week, the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) spoke to six leading women in science asking them to share their thoughts on choosing a career in science, challenges for women in STEM and advice for the next generation.
Professor Danaë Stanton Fraser, Professor in Psychology at the University of Bath, shared her thoughts:
Danaë Stanton Fraser is a Professor in Human Computer Interaction and leads the CREATE Lab.
What inspired you to pursue a career in science/engineering?
"Following my Psychology degree, I had three part-time jobs: teaching English as a foreign language, working as a researcher on a virtual reality project and working at a radio station to fund my aim to pursue a career presenting in the media. However, on the same day as being offered a job reading the news on a local radio station, my supervisor said he had been successful on a grant he had named me on and I could do a PhD part-time. I finished the PhD in two and a half years and have not looked back!"
What advice would you give to the next generation of women?
"Things that I have done that I feel have stood me in good stead are: Volunteering to lead, taking on informal mentors and mentoring others. Also I'm constantly challenging myself so I'm on a continual learning curve."
Professor Danaë Stanton Fraser directs the CREATE Laboratory at the University of Bath which conducts research into the design and evaluation of mobile and ubiquitous technologies. Professor Stanton Fraser's area of expertise is human-computer interaction with a focus on the design and evaluation of mobile, virtual and pervasive technologies.