Around 20 earlybirds turned out for the EPSC 2013 Women in Aerospace (WIA)-Europe Breakfast, sponsored by Astrium. Over coffee, croissants and bacon rolls, participants had a chance to network and find out about WIA-Europe.
Lisa Peacocke welcomed participants on behalf of Astrium, which is a Corporate Member of WIA-Europe. Frances Westall, of CNRS, spoke of the importance of networks like WIA-Europe in providing support and mentoring for women and offered advice – ‘be stubborn!’ – to those present. Fiorella Coliolo, Membership Director for WIA-Europe and Anita Heward, Press and Outreach Officer for Europlanet, expressed the intention of the two organsisations to build a close collaboration into the future. Jean-Luc Josset highlighted the importance to the whole planetary research community of retaining the skills and knowledge of women at senior levels in both academia and engineering.
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