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Women on the frontiers of climate science

To celebrate the International Day of Women and Girls in Science 2023 we are going to meet two amazing women working in science. We have Dr Ceri Lewis and Georgie Savage, researchers at the University of Exeter.

During this lesson, they will share highlights from their careers, and the importance of women and girls in science. They will also share some of the barriers that women and girls face in progressing with a science career and practical tips and encouragement for overcoming these. With a focus on women and girls, this lesson is suitable for encouraging all into a science career.

Broadcast on Fri 10 Feb 2023
  • 45 mins
  • Ages 7-11 / KS2
Learning objectives

This live lesson focuses on the themes of:

  • Working scientifically with examples from professional workplaces
  • Science careers and how they can progress
  • Equality in careers and aspirations
  • Celebrate women and girls in science

This is a standalone lesson to celebrate the International Day of Women and Girls in Science. No preparation is needed but teachers and students may wish to use online research famous women scientists.

There is a single career student sheet to download for this lesson and share with classes.

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Questions generated by your class can be submitted via the interaction app that will appear on this lesson page once you have booked the lesson.

Lesson steps

1. Introduction (5 minutes)

We welcome classes to the expedition, meeting our guest speakers. This is also a chance to go over the learning for the lesson and cover digital housekeeping.

2. Women on the frontline (10 minutes)

Our scientists share highlights from their careers and the amazing opportunities that they have had from diving on coral reefs, to researching in the Arctic at temperatures down to minus 40 degrees. Their careers have also involved turning science into policy change and environmental action. Students can note down aspects of a science career on their Student Sheets.

3. Importance of women in science (5 mins)

As we celebrate the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, this section of the lesson focuses on the importance of gender diversity in science, and the oft-overlooked contributions that women have made in science. Our scientists will share their favourite female science role models.

4. What barriers do women and girls face? (5 mins)

This section of the lesson uses interactive quizzes and examples to demonstrate some of the barriers that women and girls face in science.

5. Tips for progressing in a science career (5 mins)

Our scientists will share some of their tips for progressing in a science career. Some of these will be applicable for all students, and some will be more appropriate to girls.

6. Q&A (15 minutes)

This is a chance for children to ask any questions they have about a science career, for our guest speakers, and the importance of women in science.

Further ideas

Encounter Edu’s Our Ocean Planet | Ages 7-11 unit contains a range of science role models. These lessons can be used throughout the curriculum to reinforce the learning from this live lesson.


Arctic Live 2019 Ceri Lewis

Dr Ceri Lewis

Associate Professor, Exeter University, UK

SPEAKER Georgie Savage

Georgie Savage

PhD Student, University of Exeter

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