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Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock recognised at Suffrage Science event

27 February 2013

Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock. Photo © Max Alexander
Maggie Aderin Pocock. Photo: © Max Alexander (www.maxalexander.com)

Space scientist Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock, an Honorary Research Associate at UCL Physics and Astronomy, is among 12 female scientists and engineers who will participate in the annual Medical Research Council event, Suffrage Science.

Professor Clare Elwell of UCL Medical Physics & Bioengineering will also be honoured.

The event, held on International Women’s day, March 8th, celebrates the achievements of leading female researchers in physical sciences and engineering with medical applications, while recalling the women’s suffrage movement.

As Professor Dame Sally Davies, Chief Medical Officer for England, commented at the inaugural launch of Suffrage Science: “A successful career in science is always demanding of intellect, hard work and resilience; only more so for most women”.

Suffrage Science is supported by Imperial College London, the Medical Research Council, L’Oreal and the University of the Arts London.

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