New Podcast Series Launched to Encourage Young People to Consider STEM Careers

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Our podcast, Technotalks, aims to entertain and inform young people about the careers available to them in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths sectors. Series 2 is out now!

Each week, inspiring people in STEM careers discuss what their job involves, their career path and the exciting new technology in their field. Laura Roberts, our USW Regional Coordinator, hosts the podcast, interviewing guests from around Wales and beyond about their roles in STEM.

The podcast follows the success of our GiST programme, a series of webinars where women in STEM show schoolchildren their offices and discuss their jobs before answering questions posed to them by attendees. With over 500 registered attendees since its launch in September 2020, the programme has gained a large following. The podcast aims to bring the same advice to audiences on-the-go so that they can listen freely in their own time.

Episodes are released weekly and each episode is around half an hour in length. The podcast is suitable for 11-18 year old girls in Wales, but the show will be available to a much wider audience through and Spotify.

Episode 1: Fran Moore
Friday 4th March
In the first episode of the series, Laura chats to Technical Lead Software Engineer and Technocamps Role Model, Fran Moore! We also chat about Ada Lovelace in our Women in STEM section. 

Episode 2: Dr Sarah Glanville
Friday 11th March
Dr Sarah Glanville, a Serial Materials Scientist at Renishaw, talks to Laura about overcoming the challenges of dyslexia and the importance of being curious! We then learn about Anne-Marie Imafidon in our Women in STEM section.

Episode 3: Katie Harbach and Jo Addison
Friday 18th March
Ever had a good idea that you didn’t want someone else to steal? This week, we’re discussing all things patents! We chat with Patent Examiner Katie Harbach and Patent Attorney Jo Addison about their roles at The Intellectual Property Office and Haseltine Lake Kempner and how they work together to help inventors protect their ideas.

Episode 4: Beth Jenkins, Cybersecurity
Friday 25th March
We talk to Digital Forensic Examiner, Beth Jenkins, about her exciting work with the police investigating digital evidence. Our Woman in STEM this week is Roma Agrawal.

Episode 5: Carys Chambers
Friday 8th April
Yn yr episod Cymraeg hon, mae ein Swyddog Addysgu Lois yn siarad â Megan Owen, sy’n gweithio fel Ymchwilydd PhD yn y Sefydliad Dyfodol NiwclearYna, rydyn ni’n trafod Betsi Cadwaladr yn ein hadran Menywod mewn STEM. [This episode was recorded through the medium of Welsh.]

Episode 6: ABPI
Friday 1st April
In the final episode of this Technotalks series, Laura chats to Marvellous, Jennifer and Victoria from the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry about their unusual routes into Science.