Edge Hill University’s annual Athena SWAN lecture, which promotes gender equality in careers of women, will take place on campus later this month.

The lecture, Bugs, Bites and Parasites, will be presented by internationally renowned researcher, Director of Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine and Professor of Insect Molecular Biology, Janet Hemingway CBE.

Professor Hemingway will deliver an inspiring lecture on her career journey and her role as Senior Technical Advisor on Neglected Tropical Diseases for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Mark Allanson, Pro Vice-Chancellor (External Relations), will be introducing the lecture.

“We are privileged that Professor Janet Hemingway is able to deliver the Athena Swan lecture at Edge Hill,” said Mark. “The Athena SWAN charter was established to encourage and recognise commitment to advancing the Higher Education and research careers of women in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine. Internationally renowned in her field and the youngest woman to become a full professor in the UK Professor Hemingway is a perfect choice for guest lecturer and her insights promise to be fascinating. As the Director of Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine Professor Hemingway’s visionary leadership has ensured the receipt of more than £35 million of capital funding, a tripling of the faculty and a doubling of the campus. Professor Hemingway’s commitment to increasing the number of researchers studying vector biology is a testament to her dedication to improving the health and lives of those living in challenging environments. We are very grateful that she is visiting our campus to give her lecture.”

The Athena SWAN Charter was established in 2005 to encourage and recognise commitment to advancing the careers of women in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM) employment in higher education and research.

Edge Hill University joined the Athena SWAN Charter in 2013 and was awarded an Athena SWAN Institutional Bronze Award in 2015.

The event is part of Edge Hill University’s annual Festival of Ideas themed around the topics of Identity and Belonging. Debates, talks, films, exhibitions, roundtables and performances make June a month full of events.

The lecture will take place on Monday 26th June from 6:00pm.

Click here to find out more and book your free place.