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Big Bang 10 Sept 2008
Cern The Big Bang
What switches women on to science?

Women have long been well represented in biological sciences and now make up the majority of students at medical schools – but, what about physics and engineering? How successful are women when it comes to the scientific disciplines that have traditionally been the domain of men? 
Woman's Hour examines the efforts being made to get girls engaged at school and to keep them studying and working in the area. Also what it’s like for the women researching at the cutting edge of science. Joining Jenni on the programme will be some of the women involved in the CERN Switch On day - the launch of the Large Hadron Collider, at the European Centre for Nuclear research in Switzerland. She speaks to Claire Timlin a particle physicist at CERN; Dr Maggie Aderin, a physicist and mechanical engineer working across industry and academia; Dr Carolin Crawford, astronomer and outreach officer at the Institute of Astronomy at the University of Cambridge; Joy Parvin, Chemical Engineer and manager at the Chemical Industry Education Centre at the University of York and Clare Thomson, Curriculum Support Manager at the Institute of Physics and a former physics teacher.

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