Rosalind Franklin Conference at Cambridge Newnham College
90 female sixth-form students, (including us) from around the country had the opportunity to experience life at the Cambridge Newnham College at the annual Rosalind Franklin Conference on Wednesday 28th and Thurs 29th March .
The two-day event at Newnham College was named after the Newnham scientist Rosalind Franklin who famously helped discover the structure of DNA.
The conference was titled STEM Study: Applications Present and Future and explored issues which scientifically and ethically effect society. We discussed and debated topics such as the use of robotics in society, self-driving cars, creativity in robots, the melting of the Arctic and genetic engineering in plants. The aim of the conference was to encourage sixth form students to confidently engage in conversations about Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) topics and to inspire them to go into STEM.
We had the chance to hear from eminent speakers including Professor Ottoline Leyser and Dr Claire Rock along with other Cambridge alumni and professors. After each lecture we had opportunities to debate and discuss our views on everything in our syndicate groups. Even the groups were led by esteemed Cambridge lecturers and people who were well known in their fields.
Throughout the whole two day conference we had four lectures, two per day between these lectures we had many chances to socialise with the other girls at the conference and were served with breakfast, lunch and dinner every day. We sat amongst teachers and had discussions with them about how they got their careers started. We all also got our own rooms to stay in for the night.
The conference was overall an amazing experience and not only did we manage to learn about each topic that was discussed in our lectures, it was an amazing opportunity to make new friends and meet people that were also interested in having a career in science just like us!
By Harriet and Kyra