Southampton based business Who Made Your Pants? has announced its support for the first Winchester science festival.
The two organisations formed a connection over their commitment to ‘supporting and promoting’ women.
Who Made Your Pants? managing director Becky John said: “Who Made Your Pants? is all about empowering women, and science is still an area that is often thought to be ‘men only’. Many of us were put off science at school and it can remain a closed book, something that someone else does. As someone who has, as an adult, grown to love the way that science helps us to understand our world, I’m passionate about enthusing women and girls with the curiosity to poke things and ask what makes this work?
“Winchester Science Festival’s aim to promote women in science, and the fact that over half of the speakers in this inaugural year are women, is a delightful testament to the fact that this is not ‘men only’ – we just need to show it off."
Festival director James Thomas added: ”The fantastic rise in public interest in science has started to chip away at the traditional ‘old men in white coats’ image of scientists but Winchester Science Festival also aims to try and dispel the ‘men’ part of that misconception. From Hypatia in ancient Greece to Rosalind Franklin’s pivotal role in the discovery of the structure of DNA, women have always played a crucial role in the advancement of science and I want to celebrate this at the festival’.
The Festival programme has been carefully planned to include a broad range of subjects and a full young person’s programme will run alongside the adults’ events.
Speakers range from Dr. Tori Herridge, who will discuss her latest discovery of Dwarf Mammoths on Crete, to Professor Jim Al-Khalili, who is to share his love of paradoxes found at the cutting edge of physics.