STEMPOSIUM CONFERENCE 2019
Inspiring Young Women in Science & Engineering
MARCH 3, 2019
Meet your university student mentor and other like minded young women who you will be spending the day with.
We'll start the day with a speech from an inspiring STEM leader and you'll participate in an ice breaker to meet high school students from around London.
A hands on activity run by Western’s Women in Engineering. Solve a problem within a small group by engineering a solution from materials supplied by us.
Hear a mini astronomy lecture by Dr. Els Peeters and see Western’s own telescope, then walk across campus to hear Dr. Zoe Lindo give a mini lecture regarding ecology and walk through Western’s own tropical greenhouses.
Have lunch with your new friends and mentors, supplied by Great Hall Catering. We will be having pizza and drinks while everyone gets a chance to socialize.
See a demonstration by Western lab technicians, and conduct an experiment in our state of the art first year chemistry labs.
Dr. Kate Helsen and Dr. Mark Daley talk how they use computer science when studying music.
Hosted by Western’s KnowHow club, learn why coding is important in today’s society and how you can learn to code.
Our day will end with a great talk from a leading Woman in Science!
For any parents with questions, Women in Science representatives will be available in the IGAB atrium until 5:00pm to answer any questions about Western and university in general. Pick up students.
About the Conference
STEMPOSIUM is a day-long conference where female high school students have the opportunity to learn more about science at Western as well as about career options and interesting aspects of different science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields. We explore many different fields within STEM through hand-on activities and expert talks by Western faculty.
The goal of our conference it to get young women excited about the many possibilities in science, therefore bridging the gender disparity in STEM fields.
FEATURED STEM EXPERTS
Science: Physics & Astronomy
Dr. Els Peeters
Associate Professor: Physics & Astronomy
Dr. Peeters main research areas include carbonaceous molecules and dust (Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbon molecules, fullerenes, carbonaceous dust), galactic and extra-galactic star forming regions, and the interstellar and circumstellar medium. Most of her research is based on infrared spectroScopy and imaging with ground-based and space-born telescopes.
Music & Science
Dr. Kate Helsen
Assistant Professor: Music
Before teaching at Western, Kate Helsen held a two-year post-doctoral fellowship from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada at the University of Toronto, researching the transition between neumes (early musical notation) and square notation in the 12th and 13th centuries. She currently leads an interdisciplinary exploration of document analysis software as it pertains to reading and interpreting 11th-century neumes, entitled the Optical Neume Recognition Project, which was recently awarded a two-year SSHRCC grant. She also sings professionally with the Tafelmusik Chamber Choir in Toronto, which specializes in Baroque performance practice.
Dr. Mark Daley
Building the Skills of the Future
Mark Daley is an Associate Professor in the Computer Science, Biology, and Statistics & Actuarial Science Departments, a Principal investigator at the Brain and Mind Institute, holds a SHARCNET Research Chair in biocomputing and and is the chairman of the board of directors of Compute Ontario. Mark also holds an adjunct appointment in the computer science department at the University of Saskatchewan. Mark is a mathematician and theoretical computer scientist by training and spent his early career contributing to both the theoretical foundations of computing and to the formal mathematical modelling of biological processes. In 2011, Mark took an education leave to pursue a master’s degree in neuroscience and has since expanded his research endeavours to include data-driven mathematical modelling in neuroimaging and computational physiology.
Science: Biology & Computer Science
To Be Announced...
Dr. Zoe Lindo
Associate Professor: Biology
Many ecosystems are currently undergoing dramatic changes in biodiversity due to habitat loss and fragmentation associated with land use change, pollution, overexploitation, and climate change. Mitigating these effects requires an understanding of the drivers of biodiversity loss, and the consequences of loss on ecosystem processes and functioning. As there is unequivocal evidence for directly linking the effects of global change, soil biodiversity and nutrient cycling, Dr. Lindo’s research uses a combined aboveground-belowground approach for understanding the regulation and functional significance of biodiversity. Her lab uses experiments in the field, greenhouse and laboratory, and the integration of empirical results with current theoretical perspectives to help identify how to mitigate the impacts of environmental change and maintain ecosystem function in soil systems.
International & Graduate Affairs Building
1151 Richmond St. London, ON N6A3K7
The majority of the conference will take place in the International & Graduate Affairs Building at Western University. This is where delegates will be dropped off and picked up. Throughout the day, delegates will visit a number of stand-out Western buildings, including the Cronyn Observatory, Western Greenhouses and a state-of-the-art chemistry lab.
What if I don’t want my photo taken?
This is alright, simply say no to the photo release on the registration and we will ensure that our photographer knows not to take your photo, or remove you from any photos you might accidentally have appeared in
Will you be providing lunch?
Yes, we are catering the lunch for students, as well as supplying a snack midway through the afternoon. You are more than welcome to bring additional food if you think you might get hungry throughout the day.
Why do you want our email?
We will be sending out reminders before the conference, as well as links to the photos taken throughout the conference once it is done.
Is there still a gender gap in science?
Yes there is! While some countries, universities and fields might be bridging the gap, the overwhelming consensus of research shows that there is still a gender disparity. This is especially present in fields such as engineering, physics, math and computer sciences.
Why does it matter if there is a gender gap in science?
Our goal is to inspire your children to pursue careers where there gender is less represented. Gender disparity is science has real world consequences. When young women are turned off of STEM fields due to their gender the world is robbed of any possible advances that that group of people might have contributed if they were only encouraged to enter science. You can read further about why equity and diversity will change the world of science in this piece written by world class researchers.
Our conference seeks to bridge the gap and hopes to inspire your daughters to take a closer look at their aspirations and where they might belong in science.
What about boys, can they come?
Sure, we will never turn away a student who wants to learn more. However, our conference is definitely focused on inspiring young women by finding amazing speakers and university student mentors to become role models. There is an important gender disparity against men in certain aspects of science that are traditionally female. Fields such as nursing and pediatrics often see a disparity against men due to their feminine associations. It is important to bridge this gap by redefining femininity and masculinity and un-associating certain fields with either gender. That being said, this conference specifically focuses on the fields in STEM where women are less represented.