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International Women's Day

International Womens Day

Balance for Better: improving outcomes in research and innovation

BalanceforBetter is the theme of this year’s International Women’s Day and helpfully articulates the need to pursue balance if we want to improve diversity and inclusiveness in the environments in which we live and work.

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Women in research have changed the world. From the advent of computer programming to the discovery of dark matter, female researchers have shaped the course of history.

To celebrate Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day on 8 March we are showcasing the work of some of our incredible female researchers who are working in health, environment, engineering and digital, plus work from across the UKRI portfolio which has a direct impact on women’s issues.


Heba Bevan

Heba Bevan, OBE is CEO and founder of UtterBerry, a smart sensor system that monitors infrastructure, and STEM ambassador in primary and secondary schools.

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Professor Máire O'Neill

Professor Máire O’Neill leads research into cyber security and is currently looking at ways to create security techniques that are resistant to quantum attacks.

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Dr Rain Irshad

Dr Rain Irshad designs instruments that explore planets in space and clear land mines back on earth.

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Dr Helen Manchester

Dr Helen Manchester has co-created a range of digital tools to help improve quality of life for older people in care homes.

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Professor Lucie Cluver

Lucie Cluver is working with governments and NGOs to help improve the lives of teenagers around the world.

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Sara Penrhyn Jones

Through participatory filmmaking, Sara Penrhyn Jones, is addressing issues of climate change in communities across the globe.

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Dr Cat Hobaiter

Dr Cat Hobaiter has spent 14 years studying wild chimpanzees in the Budongo Forest Reserve in Uganda, bringing a new understanding to their communication – and the evolution of language.

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Dr Samantha Lycett

Dr Samantha Lycett is using genetic sequence data to track and predict outbreaks of infectious diseases.

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Dr Sabrina Cohen-Hatton

Dr Sabrina Cohen-Hatton is using behavioural neuroscience to help improve high-stress decision-making in the emergency services.

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Professor Helen Sang

Professor Helen Sang has genetically modified chickens to lay eggs that can be used to treat diseases.

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Dr Cristina Banks-Leite

Dr Cristina Banks-Leite is revealing how much rainforest we need to protect in order to maintain biodiversity in these fragile ecosystems.

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Dr Clementine Chambon

Dr Clementine Chambon, co-founder of Oorja, is bringing clean energy to off-grid communities in rural India.

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Professor Adele Jones

Professor Adele Jones is helping to develop a series of video games to help reduce violence against women and girls, through the research centre, None in Three.

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BBSRC leader celebrates balance on International Women's Day

Professor Melanie Welham, Executive Chair for BBSRC shares her passion.

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