Community / Event to mark women’s role in energy transition and STEM

THE SHETLAND Net Zero forum and UHI Shetland are teaming up mark International Women’s Day on Friday with a panel discussion and networking.

The event, at Lerwick Town Hall, will celebrate women in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) and the net zero energy transition.

Panellists include UHI Shetland principal Jane Lewis, SIC chief executive Maggie Sandison and HIE Shetland area manager Katrina Wiseman.

The council’s climate change strategy team leader Claire Ferguson and Shetland Aerogenerators’ project manager Andi Grochowski will also attend.

Guiding the discourse will be Rosa Brown, net zero knowledge exchange coordinator at UHI Shetland.

Pure Energy Centre and co-chair of the Shetland Net Zero Elizabeth Johnson said: “In recognising and celebrating International Women’s Day we are pleased to be highlighting the contribution and importance of women within the local economy.

“Supporting and promoting the careers of women in the energy sector will grow our skilled workforce and accelerate local business opportunities arising from the net zero energy transition in Shetland.”


Professor Lewis said: “We are honoured to celebrate International Women’s Day 2024 with a focus on ‘Inspiring Inclusion’ in STEM and the net zero energy transition.

“This event, led by remarkable women in our community, underscores the pivotal role women play in shaping the future of sustainable energy.

“Together, we pave the way for more inclusive educational opportunities for girls and women entering non-traditional sectors in Shetland.”

The event at the Town Hall on Friday will take place from 12.30pm, with everyone welcome.

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