Toy Fair Toy Fair

Friday 11th December 2015

Julian Study Centre room 2.02


Global Entrepreneurship Week Global Entrepreneurship Week

Shima Barakat, Judge Business School, University of Cambridge

Tuesday 17th November 2015

Thomas Paine Study Centre, Room 2.04

With the global shift to a knowledge-based economy influential hubs that foster innovation have emerged.  Shima talked about whether they are diverse enough to develop solutions for economic and societal problems?

Robert Freedman: Women Pioneers in UK Biochemistry Robert Freedman: Women Pioneers in UK Biochemistry

Tuesday 3rd February 2015

Genome Seminar Room, John Innes Centre

Robert Freedman (Warwick University) gave a fascinating talk on the role of women in the early development of UK Biochemistry based on the findings of a collaborative project that contributed towards the 2011 centenary celebrations of the Biochemical Society. Only men were invited to the first meeting of the Biochemical Club in 1911. Members were defined as ‘men of distinction’ or ‘persons interested’ and when a woman enquired about joining a motion was passed to exclude them. However, in October 1912 a motion to replace the word men to persons in the membership rules was carried by 24 votes to 7 and the first women members were elected in early 1913.

Despite being marginalised women were drawn to work in the emerging field of biochemistry and their scientific contributions were excellent. Prominent examples included:

  • Harriette Chick (1875-1977) researched disinfection, antitoxins, antisera and nutrition and served on the Lister Council until 1976!
  • Mary Tebb (1868-1953) a sterol biochemist who collaborated with émigré Otto Rosenheim whom she married in 1910.
  • Muriel Wheldale (1880-1932), an early Mendelian who worked on flower pigments with William Bateson the director of the John Innes Horticultural Institution at Merton Park.  
  • Ida Smedley (1877-1944) a campaigner for women’s equal status who was the 1st woman President of the Biochemical Society (1927/8) and Founder-Secretary of the British Federation of University Women (1907).  
  • Marjory Stephenson (1885-1948) published the book ‘Bacterial Metabolism’ in 1930 and was one of the first two women elected FRS in 1945.

Amongst the questions, Robert was asked what lessons we could draw for today and he highlighted: the strong influence parents have on the aspirations of their children, the importance of secondary education and that developing people’s careers is the responsibility of anyone in a senior position and that there is still room for positive action.  The talk was followed by a networking lunch.      

Further information:  

Rose Tremain: A life in writing Rose Tremain: A life in writing

Wednesday 15th April 2015

Council Chamber

Award winning author and UEA Chancellor Rose Tremain spoke about her writing life and her interest in the short story form during an in conversation event organised by ResNet.  Rose read a story from her recent collection “The American Lover” and took questions from the audience.  On the teaching of writing she emphasised the value of workshops and the dialogue between students and teachers which is founded in the classroom.  Speaking of her novel "Sacred Country” based around a transgender protagonist she talked about the lengthy research process in which writers engage and how careful observation underpins that work.  Rose reflected on the importance of empathy not only for the writer but for effective communication and good societies.  


PhD Movie 2: Still in Grad School PhD Movie 2: Still in Grad School

Tuesday 10th November 2015

Lecture Theatre 1

ResNet showed the sequel to the independently-produced movie based on PHD Comics, about life (or the lack thereof) in academia.

“The new film takes a humorous look at the world of academia through the eyes of four grad students.” (Times Higher Education) 

Cafe - Why are we still talking about gender equality? Cafe - Why are we still talking about gender equality?

Thursday 22nd January 2015

ZICER Seminar Room

The very first ResNet meeting was in early February 2000, so 2015 is our 15th anniversary and, as reflected in our updated logo, we are having a series of events around the theme: Women: Past, Present and Future. This anniversary is a cause for celebration, but nationally and internationally progress to true gender equality has been much slower than ideal. Why is this?

To kickstart the year ResNet committee members hosted a conversation café, inspired by the World Café approach to shaping our futures through conversations that matter ( The ‘café tables’ were set with table covers, flowers and anniversary cupcakes and the discussions progressed over lunch.

The committee members gave short presentations to set the context and ask questions to get the conversations going. The first of these was a ‘Women Past’ brief look back to Celebrating what we’ve achieved including how ResNet developed. We then moved on to a number of issues that tend to affect men more than women; ‘Women Present’ considered Retaining talent, Stereotypes and unconscious bias and Believe in Yourself. ‘Women Future’ considered Creating Change through positive actions and inspiring the next generation. During the table conversations everyone contributed their comments, ideas and experience on post-it notes.

Let’s keep the conversations progressing through to actions and real progress to gender equality at UEA and the NBI!

You can access the talk, including the post-it comments here.  

PhD Movie: Second Screening PhD Movie: Second Screening

Tuesday 27th October 2015

Lecture Theatre 1

ResNet arranged to hold a viewing of the original PhD movie for anyone that missed it the first time round or who would like to see it again before the showing of the sequel.

Baroness Doreen Lawrence: Creating Change Baroness Doreen Lawrence: Creating Change

Friday 6th March 2015

Queens Building/Thomas Paine Building

Thanks to those of you who were able to join us this lunchtime to hear the inspirational Doreen Lawrence in conversation with Lyndsey Stonebridge of UEA. It was the best attended ResNet event we have had in a long time and we hope to keep up the momentum throughout the rest of our 15th anniversary year and beyond.




Suffragette Film Screening - Cinema City Suffragette Film Screening - Cinema City

Everything you wanted to know about Promotion but were afraid to ask Everything you wanted to know about Promotion but were afraid to ask

Thursday 25th June 2015

ZICER Building Seminar Room

The aim of this Panel Discussion was to create a collaborative and supportive environment to encourage colleagues to improve confidence and strategy in applying for promotion.

The session was split into two parts:

(1)   a Panel Discussion with four participants (all now Professors in the SCI Faculty at UEA), Dave Stevens (MTH); Claire Reeves (ENV); Jenni Barclay (ENV) and Kay Yeoman (BIO).

(2)   A Lunchtime discussion in groups. Each group was charging with two key points to discuss during the further session.

In the Event the group discussions were so rich and interesting the final plenary discussion was scrapped in favour of continuing those conversations. There was a brief summary and discussion for how to develop this further, given the positive response to this session (despite the fact it was organised on a short time-scale).


Summer Social Summer Social

Monday 13th July 2015

Crome Court Common Room

ResNet held a social event over nibbles and drinks.  Attended by the Vice Chancellor, it was a chance to discuss ideas for the further development of ResNet and for future lunchtime events and socials.


Lily Jampol: Inconspicuous Inequality Lily Jampol: Inconspicuous Inequality

Friday 15th May 2015

Julian Study Centre 3.02

Lily Jampol is a lecturer at Queen Mary University of London, School of Business and Management. Her research concerns gender biases and she has a particular interest in communication biases during performance feedback. Lily’s research suggests that empathy can have unexpected effects on equality in the workplace because people tend to soften feedback when appraising women. This effect held for male and female reviewers and reviewers did not realise that they were softening their feedback for women. Overall her findings indicate that Employees would rather receive truthful feedback even if it was harsh, whereas ‘white lies’ can lead to resentment and demoralization.

There was a networking lunch after the talk. .

For more information on Lily Jampol’s research please see the following online videos:

The Dark Side of White Lies



Breakfast Social Breakfast Social

Tuesday 17th March 2015

Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts

ResNet held a social networking continental breakfast at the Sainsbury Centre Cafe.