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Virtual Q&A Panel - Friday 11th February 2022

The 11th February 2022 will mark the 6th International Day of Women and Girls in Science – a day designed to promote full and equal access to, and participation in, science for women and girls. Here at Warwick we want to celebrate women in Science at Warwick, by giving you the opportunity to meet some of the women in our Faculty of Science, Engineering and Medicine, and ask them any questions you might have about Science at Warwick.

We are therefore excited to bring to you two live panels with some of our leading female academics, who will give you a first-hand account of their journey into Science, how they discovered their pathways and what inspiring ideas they are leading on. In addition to hearing from some of our academics, we will also be joined by Warwick graduates, as well as current Warwick students.

We anticipate the following departments will be represented in the panels:

9am-10am panel:

  • Engineering
  • Maths
  • Psychology
  • WMG
  • Warwick Medical School

5pm-6pm panel:

  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Physics
  • School of Life Sciences
  • Statistics
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The 9am-10am (GMT) panel will include:

Dr Josephine Evans (Mathematics Institute)

Josephine is an academic in Warwick Mathematics department in a research and teaching role, as week as being the department’s outreach officer. Her research is about multi-agent systems in physics and biology and she studies systems with lots and lots of small "agents" which all follow simple rules and then looks at the behaviour of the ensemble - the patterns that appear when you look at lots of them all together. Examples of this type of systems are gas particles or bacteria.

 Dr Meera Unnikrishnan (WMS)

Meera joined the University of Warwick in 2013 as an Assistant Professor. Her work focuses on how drug resistant bacteria establish infections, and she has been awarded prestigious grants from the Medical Research Council (MRC) and the Wellcome Trust to support her research. Meera received her PhD from Imperial College London in Microbiology. Prior to this, she obtained a Master’s degree in Biotechnology from Baroda, India. After her PhD she undertook postdoctoral training at the Harvard School of Public Health Boston, where she was awarded an American Heart Association Fellowship.

 Dr Zeina Rihawi (WMG)

Zeina is a Senior Teaching Fellow in Electronic Systems and Applications for WMG, University of Warwick. She holds a PhD in Optical Wireless Communications in Vehicular Applications and an MSc in Electronic and Communication Engineering, from The University of Warwick in 2016 and 2010 respectively. Zeina completed her BSc in Electronics and Communication Engineering in 2007 from Aleppo University/Syria.

Louise Hardy (School of Engineering Alumna)

Louise Hardy is a chartered civil engineer whose most notable role was as Infrastructure Director responsible for £2bn of construction works on the London2012 Olympics. She now has a portfolio of non executive director roles at board level on FTSE listed engineering companies.

We will also be joined by a current student from our Department of Psychology.


The 5pm-6pm (GMT) panel will include:

Dr Julia Brettschneider (Department of Statistics)

Julia is an Associate Professor (Reader) in the Department of Statistics, where she has been since 2007. She is a statistical data scientist with initial training in probability and ergodic theory. She sees every data analysis as an opportunity to derive general methods for a class of similar situations. Her passion is in interdisciplinary work, operating closely with experts from domains including genomics, microscopy, neuroscience, medicine, epidemiology, manufacturing, projects data analytics, and ecology.

 Dr Livia Bartók-Pártay (Department of Chemistry)

Livia is an assistant professor at the Department of Chemistry, working in the area of theoretical chemistry. She uses and develops computational models to study the atomic level structure and behaviour of materials, for example metals and simple molecular systems. She is involved in teaching physical chemistry and computer modelling to undergraduates.

 Dr Sara Kalvala (Department of Computer Science)

Sara has an undergraduate degree in Biology but fell in love with Computer Science after doing some scientific programming. She then did a PhD in Computer Science in California and then moved to the UK to work in the theory of programming languages. She now extends her research interests into Computational Biology and Synthetic Biology.

We will also be joined by an alumna from our Department of Physics, and a current student from our School of Life Sciences.


For more information on how the Warwick Science departments are encouraging and recognising commitment to advancing the careers of women in science, technology, engineering, maths, and medicine employment in higher education and research- see below:

Read more about how the young researchers at Warwick group aim to cover the importance of equality in their chosen scientific field.


Women in Science videos

Find out why some of our female academics, students, and alumni decided a path in the Sciences by watching the videos below.

Hear from Nicola, a Senior Research Fellow at the Department of Chemistry.

Hear from Charlotte, a first-year PhD student working on a PhD project in the Centre for Fusion, Space and Astro-physics Department.

Hear from Stephanie, a Warwick Alumna, about why she chose a science subject, her experience of Warwick, and how she got here.

Hear from Gemma, a Teaching Fellow at the Department of Psychology.

Hear from Alice, an Assistant Professor at the Department of Statistics.

Hear from Kathrin, a Research Fellow at the Department of Physics.