North East Women in STEM (NEWS) Christmas network meeting

Date: Wednesday, 15th December 2021

Time: 13:00 - 14:30

Location: TBC

Cost: Free


NEWS STEM Christmas event

Our very first face to face

Our very first face to face NEWS meeting with a hint of Christmas and lots of opportunities to talk to each other in real time!

About this event

We are delighted to welcome Lisa Molloy, Commercial Director of STRABAG to our next NEWS event as well as space artist, Helen Schell (SunSpaceArt) and science educator, Dr Lorraine Coghill (Ogden Trust, Durham University).

Lisa Molloy, Commercial Director, STRABAG

Lisa has spent twenty years in the construction industry from a Trainee Quantity Surveyor to Commercial Director of a major international Company. She has worked nationally and internationally delivering large scale civil engineering projects, taking her to the Middle East with a young family, whilst part of a team delivering oil related structures. Currently based in the UK Lisa has spent some time managing and restructuring SME’s and is now part of a section of the delivery of one of the most challenging infrastructure projects across Europe HS2. She is a mum of two boys and an author of 'Molly in Construction' a book specifically written to encourage primary school children (particularly girls) into the world of construction.

Lisa's talk will focus being a female commercial director in a male dominated industry, how she joined the industry and her journey to becoming a commercial director. She will also talk about her work outside of her role including supporting institutions on their research and development.

Helen Schell and Lorraine Coghill

Helen and Lorraine have worked together on space and Smart Material projects since 2009, producing exciting activities for schools, science museums and festivals regionally and nationally. Lorraine creates, develops and cultivates opportunities for people to work together to explore, enquire and engage others in creative programmes merging different disciplines. She is particularly passionate about training and supporting others in advancing their own practice and confidence. Helen is a visual artist and a space science educator based in Sunderland. Using painting, installation and smart materials costumes, she devises optical illusion art and is part of the SunSpaceArt STEAM education team, presenting inclusive projects nationwide. She is the first artist to win the Sir Arthur C Clarke Award for Space Outreach in 2019.

Workshop details

Celebrate a year of Mars missions by creating a simple robot or rover card, which rocks. This STEAM making activity, will be inspired by NASA (Perseverance Rover), CNSA (Zhurong Rover) & ESA (ExoMars Rover), Mars missions and there will Mars facts and images to inspire you. Alongside traditional art materials, there will be the opportunity to try out some Smart Materials (materials that do some surprising things) to decorate your cards.

For further information about space resources: School STEAM Resources (KS2 & KS3) Virtual exhibition tour

Moon-shot: Woman on the Moon, exhibition 2020 Durham University Science Outreach


NEWS meeting with a hint of Christmas and lots of opportunities to talk to each other in real time!

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