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Urenco’s Richie Lecture showcases the amazing achievements of women in STEM

18 December 2019

On 3 December 2019, Urenco hosted its sixth annual Richie Lecture at the Science Museum in London.

Entitled ‘The XX Factor’, the event was designed to engage and inspire young people in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) by looking at the amazing achievements of six women in STEM, including the first and youngest woman in space, Valentina Tereshkova.

More than 100 secondary school students had the opportunity to hear from Wendy Sadler MBE, a leading voice on STEM and diversity. Through interactive demonstrations, the students discovered the pioneering work of the six women, and the modern day scientists and engineers they inspired along the way.

The students also enjoyed the Urenco sponsored Wonderlab: The Equinor Gallery, which features more than 50 immersive exhibits, shows and demonstrations.

Sarah Howe, Interim Director of Communications at Urenco, comments:

“Urenco is committed to inspiring the next generation of scientists and engineers, and through our Richie programme, we want to encourage as many young people as possible to pursue a career in STEM.

“Last year, only 22% of people working in STEM were women so for this year’s Richie Lecture we wanted to showcase some of the fantastic achievements of women. We hope we’ve shown the exciting career opportunities available to all students.”

Urenco’s Richie programme has reached more than a quarter of a million students worldwide. Find out more about the programme here.

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About Urenco

Urenco is an international supplier of enrichment services and fuel cycle products with sustainability at the core of its business. Operating in a pivotal area of the nuclear fuel supply chain for 50 years, Urenco facilitates zero carbon electricity generation for consumers around the world.

With its head office near London, UK, Urenco’s global presence ensures diversity and security of supply for customers through enrichment facilities in Germany, the Netherlands, the UK and the USA. Using centrifuge technology designed and developed by Urenco, and through the expertise of our people, the Urenco Group provides safe, cost effective and reliable services; operating within a framework of high environmental, social and governance standards, complementing international safeguards.

Urenco is committed to continued investment in the responsible management of nuclear materials; innovation activities with clear sustainability benefits, such as nuclear medicine, industrial efficiency and research; and nurturing the next generation of scientists and engineers.


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