In Celebration of International Women’s Day 2017 – “Inspiration and Innovation in STEM”


Kindly hosted at the London office of Elsevier, join us for an event celebrating Trinity’s alumnae and female Fellows working in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM). Short presentations on what has inspired the speakers in their career – and where they think the next ‘big discovery’ might come from – will be followed by a drinks reception and opportunity to network with TWN members of all disciplines.

Booking costs: £20 for alumnae/i and guests; £15 for alumnae/i whose matriculation is between 2006-2016; free to current students. This event is also suitable for girls from secondary school upwards who are interested in STEM.




Amanda completed her undergraduate in Natural Sciences (Chemistry) at the University of Cambridge in 2010. She then switched over to Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology for her PhD at Cambridge and studied cocoa butter crystallisation in collaboration with Nestlé PTC York. Upon finishing her PhD in 2014, she joined Cambridge Consultants as a Technology Analyst in the Strategy, Innovation and Process Group. She later transferred to the Analytical Engineering Group to help build the Applied Chemistry capability of the division. Amanda joined PepsiCo in 2016 as a Laboratory Section Leader and has since helped grow the internal Physical Characterisation capability of the Analytical Team. As of January 2017, she has transferred to the Food Structure & Ingredient Sciences to focus on leading development of novel processes & product designs solutions to meet the needs of developing & emerging markets for future product launches.

Val Gibson is the Head of the High Energy Physics Research Group in the Cavendish. She holds a Special Honours BSc in Physics from the University of Sheffield (1983) and a DPhil in Experimental Particle Physics (1986), The Queen’s College, Oxford. She was a Fellow in the Experimental Physics Division at CERN (1987-89) and came to Cambridge in 1989 as an SERC Advanced Fellow, held concurrently with the Stokes Senior Research Fellowship at Pembroke College (1989-1994). She was appointed as University Lecturer and Fellow of Trinity College in 1994, Reader in 2006, held a Royal Society Leverhulme Trust Senior Fellowship (2007-08) and became a Professor in 2009.

Clare graduated from Trinity with a mathematics degree in 1986. Following a brief stint in computer graphics at The Independent newspaper she joined a small engineering firm in 1989 and has never looked back. She now leads the European arm of the Cities initiative for global engineering, management and development consultancy, Mott MacDonald, and is working with some of Europe’s highest profile cities.  Her role involves using systemic engineering at both building and city scale to facilitate the accommodation of more people in urban areas whilst consuming less resources, improving resilience and achieving enhanced quality of life. She brings a practical understanding of construction and development drivers and processes at both macro and micro level. Combining this with engagement at policy level she is able to bring insight into the technical, political, financial and behavioural aspects of sustainable development. Her role is to help stakeholders understand the influences of future disrupters (such as climate change or Big Data) and then apply ingenuity, innovation and connected thinking to find integrated solutions and resilient outcomes. Clare is also chair of the Mott MacDonald Advance network, an Equality, Diversity and Inclusion initiative, which has received industry acclaim in the three years since it was launched including being named winner of the Best Diversity and Inclusion Initiative award at the 2016 Construction Investing in Talent Awards . Clare says of her background in maths “It gives me the freedom to think from first principles and not be constrained by precedent; my colleagues used to laugh at how much I asked ‘why?’ but I’ve learned the value of my  need to find patterns, be they patterns in engineering principle or patterns in behaviour.”


6:30 pm


6:45 pm

Welcome & Presentations

8:00 pm

Drinks Reception

9:00 pm