Dr Kate Patterson used her keynote address to implore her young audience to “keep an open mind” about their career. Starting out as a vet, she later completed a PhD in cancer biology but realised her true passion was combining science with art and design. She now creates remarkable animations and virtual reality displays, which demystify the complex molecular chemistry that happens inside the body.
“I didn’t want to work with computers, I didn’t want an inside job – and that’s basically what I do now, and I absolutely love it,” said Dr Patterson.
The opening speeches were followed by live and virtual events, as well as exhibition booths that provided the young students with opportunities to hear from more women who work in STEM and learn more about emerging fields and technologies.