Oxford Females in Engineering, Science, and Technology (OxFEST) is a 1,300-member society at the University of Oxford promoting and supporting women in science, engineering and technology.
Origins of OxFEST
Females in Engineering, Science and Technology (FEST) was founded in September 2005. After lengthy coffee breaks discussing the future of our careers and the difficulties we were already encountering, we realized that the University of Oxford needs a strong, visible support network for women in science, engineering and technology (SET). FEST was renamed to Oxford Females in Engineering, Science, and Technology (OxFEST) in 2010.
Further research revealed some startling statistics about women in SET: approximately 50% of graduate students are females, however the presence of women greatly diminishes after the doctorate level, to the extent that only 3% of senior staff are women. OxFEST aims to promote and encourage women in their scientific careers. Our goal is to convince women out there that, although it may be challenging, it is possible for motivated women to succeed in scientific careers.
Aims of OxFEST
OxFEST aims to raise awareness to current issues facing female scientists, provide a support network and networking opportunities for female scientists, increase the visibility of female scientists within the University of Oxford and associated Institutes, and provide information and resources, which may aid females in pursuing their careers.