Dismantling gender stereotypes and promoting gender balance in science

This online session has been organised by the High Speed Rail Group to coincide with the UN’s International Day of Women and Girls in Science on Thursday 11th February 2021.

The panel event is part of HSRG’s ongoing work to increase the representation of women in the sector. The event will involve a discussion around what more can be done to encourage girls toward STEM subjects and how projects like HS2 can inspire the next generation of female researchers, scientists and engineers.


  • Dr Heather Steele MIET, Research Fellow, Birmingham Centre for Railway Research and Education, University of Birmingham
  • Nicole Metje, Professor of Infrastructure Monitoring and Head of Enterprise, Engagement and Impact, School of Engineering, University of Birmingham
  • Cathie Burrin, Rail Apprentice, Thales GTS UK
  • Ella Greenwood, Civil Engineering Apprentice, Align JV
  • Professor Ronghui Liu, Professor of Networks and Transport Operations, Institute for Transport Studies (ITS), University of Leeds


  • Jo Billing, Education Manager leading on STEM outreach, HS2 Ltd

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