Baroness Susan Greenfield opened our FabLab – the first in a UK school – and helped us launch our 60th Anniversary on the 9th January. As a member of the House of Lords, Professor and Senior Research Fellow at Lincoln College Oxford, Founder and Chief Science Officer of a biotech company, holder of 31 Honorary Degrees, Writer, Broadcaster and recipient of multiple Fellowships, Chancellorships, Honours and Accolades from across the world, too many to mention here, we were deeply honoured to have her in our midst.
Baroness Greenfield’s lecture on “The Challenges Faced by Women in Science” spanned a vast range of fascinating material – the fastest crash course on the brain presented in a totally absorbing and engaging manner.
She also described the various myths that surround women in science, including that they are less competent; the difficult choices surrounding motherhood and career structure; and the traps, which can be found in women themselves, including lack of confidence. She concluded, though, that women should not be pessimistic about their prospects, quoting Nobel laureate Rita Levi-Montalcine (1909-2012) who said: “Above all, don’t fear difficult moments. The best comes from them.”