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12 March 2008
University scientist Wendy Sadler has been named a Woman of Outstanding Achievement by the UK Resource Centre for Women in Science, Engineering and Technology (UKRC).
A liaison officer with the School of Physics and Astronomy and founder of the innovative science communication company ‘science made simple’, Wendy was unveiled as one of the winners at the UKRC’s annual ceremony last night (11 March 2008)
Wendy is the first woman in Wales to be named as a winner and was one of six women selected from 125 nominations by a judging panel. She was chosen for her contribution to society through the communication of science, engineering and technology. Her company, ‘science made simple’ uses a range of innovative methods to convey the message that science is something everyone can enjoy.
Wendy said: "I'm really thrilled to be the first person in Wales to receive this award and to be seen as an inspiration to others. The 'science made simple' mission is all about inspiring a new generation of scientists and engineers and this award helps raise the profile of the contribution women can make in addressing this important issue."
Wendy will now get her portrait included in the Women of Outstanding Achievement in science, engineering and technology (SET) Photographic Exhibition designed to profile pioneering women in these areas. The aim is to create a growing collection of portraits that will act as inspirational images to encourage other women to take part and progress in a career within SET.
Annette Williams, Director of the UKRC said: "There is a distinct lack of female role models in SET and this may discourage women from entering into and progressing in the sector. That’s why we’re so keen to profile outstanding women scientists and engineers like Wendy - to demonstrate that it is possible to succeed in what has traditionally considered to be a male discipline."
In 2007 Wendy won the European Descartes Prize for Innovation and Science Communication which was previously awarded to Bill Bryson and David Attenborough. Wendy is also former Welsh Woman of the Year (science and technology), and is chair of WISE in Wales (Women Into Science, Engineering and Construction).
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