Plug In Lancashire set up to support women in Science, Engineering and Technology

Plug In Lancashire is a new group that has been set up to support women in Science, Engineering and Technology, (SET) in and around Lancashire.

The meetings will be informal and workshop based, to support creative learning, professional development and networking in a supportive environment.

Organisers plan to rotate the events around the Lancashire area to reach a wider group of geeky ladies, and to enable networking in different parts of the county.

The group was established by Liz Hardwick, Station Manager at Preston FM. She said: “there are lots of things in the Manchester area that have very good attendance (including Manchester Girl Geeks which I’ve been part of for nearly 12 months), but nothing in Lancashire.

“With even more cutbacks on financial support for the UK Resource Centre for Women which have supported women like me in the past, I felt the need to set up and run a group like this to give something back to the community”.

This first event will be held on 10 July, consisting of a meet and greet session and a forum for attendees to have input into how the group will work in the future, with the opportunity for some mini show and tells if people want to share something interesting.

“We hope to successfully run the group around various areas in Lancashire and link up with other like-minded groups and organisations to run joint events, share skills, network and learn from each other”, says Liz.

“At the moment we are planning to link up with Lancashire Artists Network, Aunty Social and Manchester Girl Geeks, but we would love to hear from others who want to collaborate, or who could support us with free venue hire”.

The event is free, and you can book your place here. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided, but organisers encourage you to bring your own cakes and biscuits and sample other attendees contributions.

You can keep in touch with Plugin by visiting their website, following them on Twitter, or joining their Facebook page. You can also contact them by email at info(at)plug-in-lancashire.co.uk.

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